Utah: Darren Law race report

Law, Donohue and Rice Survive Nine Hour Rolex Season Finale to Finish Seventh The 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve season came to a spectacular close with a nine-hour endurance race held at the...

Law, Donohue and Rice Survive Nine Hour Rolex Season Finale to Finish Seventh

The 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve season came to a spectacular close with a nine-hour endurance race held at the new Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah outside Salt Lake City. Brumos Porsche Riley regulars Darren Law and David Donohue were joined by 2004 Indy 500 champion Buddy Rice for the daylight to darkness Discount Tire Sunchaser endurance event that saw the first 139 laps of the 4.5 mile track run under green. Law, Donohue and Rice were the last car on the lead lap at the end of the 193 lap race, with the rest of the field at least two laps behind.

Qualifying

After a promoter test day and several practice sessions in which the #58 Brumos crew worked hard to extract more speed from the team's Porsche powered Riley chassis package, Law was picked to qualify the Red Bull liveried machine. Darren, after getting a clean run in the qualifying session, put a lap of 2:39.961 together to secure 12th place on the starting grid.

Race

Law, along with the field of forty-one cars that included twenty-six Daytona Prototypes and fifteen GT machines took the green flag for the start of the race Saturday afternoon at 12:10 PM PST. Law settled into a consistent pace that allowed him to keep touch with the lead pack of cars while also ensuring that the #58 entry would survive the race, that by the watch was three times longer than a typical Rolex Series event.

Darren completed his first stint on lap thirty and handed over to teammate Donohue during a stop for fuel and tires. Law ended up driving three stints and was the only of the Brumos Red Bull drivers to complete a stint in the dark.

The Law, Donohue, Rice trio proved a potent combination of driver talent and race savvy as they avoided the problems that affected several of the other teams, and ultimately maintained a consistent pace that used everything the Red Bull Brumos had to offer by the end of the race. With their 7th place finish, Law and Donohue were able to place 15th in the championship standings.

Other Race Action

Law also raced in the Grand Am Cup event on Friday in the #2 Blackforest Motorsports / Feed the Need Mustang GT with 2003 Daytona Prototype Champion as well as longtime friend and competitor Terry Borchellor. Law put a flyer together in qualifying to take pole position with a lap of 3:09.545, almost a half second clear of the rest of the sixty-car field.

Law Quote

The Rolex race was really grueling. It was a lot of flat out green flag racing on a track that was very physical to drive. It was a great race though, and I thought we all did a pretty good job. The crew worked hard, especially considering that they didn't have much time to prep the car after Infineon, and both Buddy and David drove great. We're still tweaking the car here and there, and I thought we ran some strong times for almost the whole race.

Up Next

Although the Rolex Series is done for the year, the Grand Am Cup still has one more race on its 2006 schedule to be held at Virginia International Raceway the weekend of October 6-8, and Law will be there. Darren will also be competing in this year's American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta September 27-30 as well as the final round of the series at Laguna Seca with the Flying Lizard team.

-credit: dl

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Darren Law , David Donohue , Buddy Rice