Watkins Glen: Darren Law race report

Darren Law and G & W Motorsports pull double duty at soggy Sahlen's Six Hour Rolex enduro Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series standout driver Darren Law had a long and eventful weekend at the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen endurance event...

Darren Law and G & W Motorsports pull double duty at soggy Sahlen's Six Hour Rolex enduro

Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series standout driver Darren Law had a long and eventful weekend at the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen endurance event held at picturesque but rainy Watkins Glen, as he finished 2nd in the Grand Am Cup event, and 4th in the Daytona Prototype class of the Rolex race.

Grand Am Cup

Law's first race of the weekend was in the G & W prepared Porsche GT-3 Cup car, which he shared with Chris Dyson, for the 3 hour Grand Am Cup event. After leading for several laps, Law finished the rain soaked event a very close second to the winning TPC Racing Porsche of Randy Pobst. Weather was a factor all weekend as fog had delayed qualifying for several hours, and the race was run almost entirely in the rain.

"It was definitely slick out there, and it was important to make as few mistakes as possible," said Law after the race. "In the closing laps I really thought I might be able to get back by Randy (Pobst), but we couldn't quite get it done. Great race though, especially in the rain. I'm happy that Chris (Dyson) and I finished on the podium, especially since we really should have won the last one of these."

Sahlen's Six Hour Rolex Sports Car Event

After a steady downpour that lasted for much of the weekend, conditions began to clear for the start of the Sahlen's Six Hour Grand American Rolex Sports Car enduro. After failing to have their cars ready for the pre race pace lap, the front row qualifying Brumos Porsche was forced to start from the back of the pack allowing Law to start the #8 G & W prepared 95.1 The Nerve/Sahlen's BMW powered Picchio Daytona Prototype on the front row.

The G & W Motorsports crew had worked hard to remedy the fuel pump problems that plagued the team at the last race in Fontana. Although there were some minor glitches during practice on Friday and Saturday, the car showed no symptoms of the electrical related problems during the race.

"I've really got to hand it to the G & W crew guys," said Law. "There was a bit of a problem with engine cutout during practice, but the guys just did anything and everything to make sure the car was right for today. They were here until 3:30 in the morning last night, and I just can't thank them enough."

Law brought the car in on lap 10 to help change the handling which had gone very loose.

Darren talked us through the first few laps. "We were glad to be on the front row, and the plan was to go out and run some consistent times and stay in the hunt. The first few laps were pretty good, and then the car started to go really loose, especially at turn in. It really was a handful there for a while, and on lap 10 we decide to pit and maybe tighten the car up a bit. There was a problem with the clutch from pretty early on, so pit stops were a little on the tough side for the guys. The handling started to get a bit better, and I was able to push harder toward the end of my stint."

NASCAR regular Geoffrey Bodine took the car over after Law's stint, and was able to help the team to a forth place finish in the Daytona Prototype class.

"Geoff did a really great job in the car," said Darren about his teammate. "He was quick and consistent and he was good to the car. We're hoping that maybe he might be able to do some more of these events with us. I gotta say that Andy (Lally) did a great job as well. He's always right on the pace."

G & W and Law will be racing back to back weekends as the next event on the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series schedule will be Mid Ohio, the weekend of June 27-29.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Geoffrey Bodine , Darren Law , Chris Dyson