Darren Law - Canadian double Darren Law of Phoenix is heading north for a Canadian double race weekend. He will start with the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on Aug. 29, driving the No. 58 Brumos...
Darren Law - Canadian double
Darren Law of Phoenix is heading north for a Canadian double race weekend. He will start with the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on Aug. 29, driving the No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype. He'll then travel to Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ont., where he'll drive the No. 44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in an American Le Mans Series race on Aug. 30.
He said the commute will be relatively easy: "This one is better than most for me. I usually have to hire a charter [plane] and do a red-eye across in the middle of the night to get to the next track. With both races in Canada and not too far from each other, it's great! I'll finish the Montreal race and drive down to Mosport. I have a couple of people going with me, so I can rest on the way."
Law grew up in the United States, but he was born in Canada. His parents lived in Toronto while his father Peter worked with Penske Racing and Canadian driver Craig Fisher. Fisher teamed with Penske driver Mark Donohue to win the Trans-Am class and finish third overall in the 1968 12 Hours of Sebring. Fisher also was the first Canadian to win a Trans-Am race, with Donohue in 1968.
The Law family returned to the United States when Peter Law joined the Donohue car crew. The families linked again when the sons, Darren Law and David Donohue, became co-drivers in the Rolex Series in 2004.
Darren Law and David Donohue of Malvern, Pa., will be looking for a strong finish on the 4.361-km (2.708-mile) Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to balance last year's Rolex Series result. The pair had a significant lead in 2008, but ran out of fuel 100 feet from the finish line and dropped back to third.
"Last year, we had the race won ... We knew that we were going to be close. We tried to push it to the end and we just came up 100 feet short," Law recalled.
"The track has been good for us. We struggle sometimes with uphill sections, so this being a flat track with long straightaways, it's fairly wide open on throttle and good for the Porsche engine. I feel pretty confident going into this weekend -- and looking for a little redemption on that rough loss last year."
Darren Law's co-driver, Johannes van Overbeek of Oakland, Calif., will cover practice and qualifying duties for the ALMS race. Although Law has raced at Mosport for a decade, he noted the 3.957-km (2.459-mile) circuit is a challenge, but a good track for his Michelin-shod Porsche.
"It's great! It's got a lot of grip and Michelin provides an unbelievable tire, so it makes it a lot of fun. The track is one of the toughest in North America, but one of the most fun tracks, as well," he said.
"The toughest part of the trip is showing up at Mosport on Sunday morning, doing the warmup and having to go race. Mosport is not an easy track; it takes a few laps to get into the swing of running it. But I've been there for the last 10 years, so I don't have to learn the track. Johannes will do all the setup and I'll just show up and run with him."
The two-hour Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29, from 2:15 pm to 4:15 pm ET on the 4.361-km (2.708-mile) Circuit Gilles Villeneuve road course in Montreal. The race will be telecast on SPEED at 2 pm ET.
The two-hour 45-minute American Le Mans Series race is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 30, from 3:05 pm to 5:50 pm ET on the 3.957-km (2.459-mile) Mosport International Raceway road course in Bowmanville, Ont. The race will be telecast on SPEED at 3 pm ET.