Veteran Grand American Rolex Sportscar series competitor Darren Law and the G & W Motorsports team had two well-earned 3rd place finishes this weekend at the VIR 400 held at their home track of Virginia International Raceway. The two podium finishes came one each in the Grand Am Cup and Grand American Rolex Sportscar series events. Both endurance contests were completed under clear skies and beautiful conditions amidst the rolling hills and thick forests around Alton, Virginia.
Rolex Daytona Prototype
After a competitively driven race, Law and the G & W Motorsports team were elated to bring the #8 USI Insurance / TheValley Group BMW powered Picchio Daytona Prototype home to a competitive third place. Law and his teammate Patrick Huisman kept the Picchio in the hunt throughout the course of the event and were ready to challenge for the lead as the race entered its final stages.
"Patrick (Huisman) drove great, just as we expected," remarked Law. "He turned the car over a bit before half distance, and we knew then, that we really had a fighting chance for at least a podium. All those yellows toward the end kept the race close, and I had a great dice with the #59 Brumos car over the last few laps. I could really close up under braking and through the corners, but as soon as we hit the straights he would leave me. Obviously, it would have been nice to get by him, but I have to admit that I'm pretty happy with the podium."
VIR being G & W 's home track and Darren's intimate knowledge of the many nuances of the circuit may have contributed to the team's good fortunes this past weekend, but Law is quick to credit the work of the team.
Said Law, "Without a doubt VIR is a very challenging racetrack that really has a few speed secrets that only time on the circuit can unlock. Add to that the fact that the Prototypes are really going quick through some many of the sections, and you have to have a driver that can hustle the car. Ultimately though, the car has to be there, and I've got to thank the G & W guys for giving me a competitive package this weekend. We've had good couple of weekends now, and I'm hoping we can sort of ride this wave into Daytona."
Grand Am Cup
Law's first race of the weekend came in the Grand Am Cup endurance event, a series held for production based street stock racecars. Law and codriver Vinnie Faraci, both of Phoenix, Arizona piloted the #01 Porsche 993 in the GSII class to third place.
"I got in the car right at halfway, and I think we were somewhere around 14th in class," said Law as he recapped the event. " I just put my head down and tried to pick off as many positions as possible. The further we came up the field the harder it was to get by people, but it really was a fun drive. The car was great throughout my stint, and I'm glad we could put ourselves on the podium."
The Grand American Rolex Sportscar series next travels to Daytona International Speedway for the Grand American Champions Weekend to be held the weekend of October 31 through November 2. For additional information on the upcoming 3-hour endurance contest contact the Grand American Road Racing Association at www.grand-am.com.