Darren Law will be back to double duty this week, driving both prototype and GT race cars in two North American sports-car series. His week will start with a cross-country trip from his Phoenix home to Watkins Glen, N.Y., where he'll compete in...
Darren Law will be back to double duty this week, driving both prototype and GT race cars in two North American sports-car series.
His week will start with a cross-country trip from his Phoenix home to Watkins Glen, N.Y., where he'll compete in a Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race on Friday evening. Law will drive the No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype with David Donohue of Malvern, Pa. They will race on the 2.45-mile "short" course at Watkins Glen International.
"We had a great run there last year -- we finished third, on the podium -- so we're looking forward to going back," Law said.
"I prefer the long track just because it's more technical and it has a lot more to it. The short track has very few corners; it's a lot easier, but it's a very fast, short lap. The only issue is for whoever is driving the second stint -- at sundown, you're heading straight into the sun for a couple of corners, so that makes it real tough. But we've done it before. It's nice to have the race in the evening because the temperature is cooler."
After a quick two-hour race, Law will board a private plane to Ohio. He'll grab a few hours of sleep, then fast-forward to a two-hour 45-minute American Le Mans Series race on the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Law and Seth Neiman of San Francisco will alternate driving stints in the No. 44 Flying Lizard Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, racing in the GT2 class.
"I'll do the warmup, then into the race, so it will be limited track time," Law acknowledged. "But we've got a two-car team and setup shouldn't be an issue. I won with the Flying Lizards at Mid-Ohio in '04 and we were there with Grand-Am just a month ago, so I'm comfortable with the track. Traffic shouldn't be an issue, so I have no worries about getting up to speed."
Both series will benefit from bigger crowds on hand for double-feature race weekends. The Rolex Series will share track time at Watkins Glen with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The ALMS and IndyCar Series will race at Mid-Ohio.
"They're good venues for the series because we're there with the NASCAR Sprint Cup and IndyCar. There are a lot of fans who really support those series, so it will be good exposure for us," Law noted.