street skill Darren Law will be close to his childhood home when he competes in the American Le Mans Series race in Long Beach, Calif., this weekend. Raised in Orange County, 30 minutes from the track, he always looked forward to attending the...
Darren Law will be close to his childhood home when he competes in the American Le Mans Series race in Long Beach, Calif., this weekend. Raised in Orange County, 30 minutes from the track, he always looked forward to attending the annual Grand Prix of Long Beach with family and friends. Now living in Phoenix, he returns to a prime vantage point, driving the No. 44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR with Seth Neiman of San Francisco.
"I attended as a kid and was always excited to go to this race. I watched everything from the Indy cars to Super Vee to Trans Am. It's amazing now to be one of the people racing at the same circuit I grew up watching," Law said. "I will have several friends visiting. The weekends are so busy, I won't have a lot of time to visit. So I plan to get together after the race and hopefully celebrate a podium finish with them."
Equally at home on traditional road courses and on street circuits like the 1.97-mile Long Beach track, Law says street success requires, "A good-handling car, avoiding incidents since the walls don't allow any room for mistakes, and managing the traffic - both faster prototypes and slower cars."
He proved his street smarts in Long Beach in 2007, when he and Patrick Long of Belleair, Fla., drove to second in the ALMS GT2 class. Earlier this month, Law and Neiman drove from last to fifth in class on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., and moved into a tie for fourth place in GT2 championship standings.
Law had a chance to check the Long Beach circuit when he represented the ALMS at a media preview last week. He offered track rides to media representatives and met the stars who will compete in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race this week. He quickly switched to parent mode when he spotted actress Raven-Symone, and grabbed a photo with the young star for his daughters, Megan and Hannah.
"They thought it was pretty cool, especially since they grew up watching her shows," he smiled.
And the track? "I didn't notice any real changes to the track, but it is always nice to get on track a little early and get reacquainted with the line and the things that make each of the street courses unique, like where the major bumps are in brake zones and how the crown in the road affects the grip level of the car. It just makes the first session easier."
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