Law Wraps Up Busy Month of April With Podium Finish in Brumos Porsche at VIR It was an emotion filled weekend for endurance racer Darren Law as he and Brumos Porsche Riley teammate David Donohue raced with heavy hearts following the recent...
Law Wraps Up Busy Month of April With Podium Finish in Brumos Porsche at VIR
It was an emotion filled weekend for endurance racer Darren Law as he and Brumos Porsche Riley teammate David Donohue raced with heavy hearts following the recent passing of Brumos boss, team owner and sports car racing icon Bob Snodgrass. The Brumos driver duo helped give a little something for the entire Brumos organization to cheer about though, as they brought the #58 Red Bull liveried Brumos Porsche Riley home a fine third place at Sunday's Virginia International Raceway round of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series 2007 season schedule. The well-earned and emotionally charged podium finish vaulted Law and Donohue to a tie for sixth place in the driver's championship points race, and marked the highest finish for the #58 team this year.
Qualifying and Race
While the untimely death of Robert Snograss Jr. earlier in the week certainly made it more difficult for the team and drivers to go about the business of racing, each member of the Brumos squad to take solace in the fact that Mr. Snodgrass would undoubtedly have wanted the team to race. Despite a first practice session that placed the Red Bull car down the order, the team worked hard to improve the #58 and by qualifying Law was able to place the car a season high third with a lap of 1:45.683.
Law started the Daytona Prototype-only race, a format adopted by the Grand American officials this year where the GT cars and the Daytona Prototype machines race in separate races over the weekend, and maintained his third place position through the first several laps. Law pitted on lap seven for a splash of fuel under a full course caution, and the Brumos team sent Law back out in second place.
Immediately following the restart, Law was able to pass the #01 Lexus Riley of Memo Rojas, and briefly held the lead before being passed by Colin Braun in the #75 Pontiac Riley. Law held his second place standing until lap 25 when the #10 Pontiac Riley of Jan Magnussen took over the spot.
On lap 46 Law pitted under green for fuel, tires and a driver change. Law turned the car over to Donohue who left the pits in sixth and was eventually elevated to fourth following the pit cycles. Donohue found himself squarely behind the #11 Pontiac Riley of Ryan Dalziel in a close battle for the final podium spot. On the penultimate lap, Donohue was able to squeeze past the #11 machine to claim third place for the #58 Red Bull Brumos Porsche. As a tribute to Mr. Snodgrass, Donohue then waited on track following the checkered flag for the #59 sister Brumos machine, and the two finished their cool down lap side by side.
Darren Law - Driver #58 Brumos Porsche Riley
A podium finish is always a good result, but this particular podium is especially important. The car was good, especially at the beginning of my stint, but as the track and tires got warmer the car became a lot more difficult to handle. We are definitely more competitive this year overall though, and I am hoping that we can continue this string of strong runs when we get to Laguna in May.
Other April Results and Points
The VIR race capped a busy month of April for Law during which he raced almost every weekend. Law had especially strong runs with the Flying Lizard Motorsports team and their #44 Porsche GT3 RSR. In the ALMS events Law took a fourth place finish in the St. Petersburg Grand Prix, finished second along with teammate Patrick Long at the Long Beach event, and the next weekend teamed with Seth Neiman in the same car to take fifth at the Houston street race.
Law's drives with the Flying Lizard team have currently placed him fifth in the ALMS drivers' championship points chase. Law's third place with the Brumos team at last weekend's Grand American Rolex Series event have him tied for sixth in that series' drivers' championship points race.