Darren Law - bicontinental triple Darren Law will travel about 15,000 miles to compete in three very different sports-car races on two continents in the next few weeks. He will warm up with a six-hour endurance race in New York, follow with ...
Darren Law - bicontinental triple
Darren Law will travel about 15,000 miles to compete in three very different sports-car races on two continents in the next few weeks. He will warm up with a six-hour endurance race in New York, follow with his first start in les 24 Heures du Mans in France, and finish with a two-hour 45-minute race in Ohio.
Law will leave his Phoenix home on June 4, heading east to compete in the six-hour Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y., on June 6. He'll drive to New York City the next day to board an overnight flight to Paris. Switching from plane to train, he'll catch the high-speed connection to Le Mans, where the action starts with technical inspection, team photos and fan activities on his arrival day, June 8.
He'll have one day to get acclimated, followed by two days of practice and qualifying, then the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour race on June 13 and 14. Law and his wife Karrie will enjoy two days in Paris before flying back to Phoenix on June 17. After one night at home, he'll be off to Lexington, Ohio, for a Rolex Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on June 20.
Law and his co-driver, David Donohue of Malvern, Pa., started the season with victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, driving the No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype. They would like to add a six-hour win this weekend, one step up from their second-place finish on the 3.4-mile Watkins Glen road course last year.
"Watkins Glen is one of my favorite tracks. I've won there and always done well. Last year, I crossed the finish line just three car-lengths behind Scott Pruett [the race winner]," Law recalled. "We've been fighting some handling issues the last two races, but we've done a lot of testing prior to the six-hour, so hopefully we'll be back for another podium finish."
Law will join Jorg Bergmeister of Langenfeld, Germany, and Seth Neiman of San Francisco in the No. 80 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. Law is a Le Mans rookie, but the team and his co-drivers have years of experience on the 13.629-kilometre (8.47-mile) Circuit de la Sarthe, a demanding combination of public roads and permanent road course.
"I'm very excited, not nervous at all. I'm really looking forward to it," Law said. "It amazes me after doing endurance racing for so many years that I haven't been there. I spent a lot of time looking at data, in-car video, playing X-Box, doing everything I can to be prepared. Jorg's been on pole, he's won it before. Seth and the team know their way around -- Flying Lizard has been fast every year they've run. So I've got some good guys to lean on, and the car is capable of winning."
Back in the No. 58 Brumos Daytona Prototype, Law and Donohue will drive just one stint each in the two-hour 45-minute race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. They finished second in last year's race on the technical 2.258-mile road course.
"Mid-Ohio is another great track for us. I love both Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio; they're drivers' tracks," Law enthused. "After running a six-hour and a 24-hour, doing one stint in a two-and-three-quarter-hour race should be a piece of cake!"
But he noted the track change will command his attention:
"At Le Mans, you're in sixth gear forever on the long straights and all the corners are high-speed. Then you come to Mid-Ohio, with one main straight, and everything is short and hilly and twisty, so it's a big contrast between the two. I've been going back and forth between the ALMS GT and Grand-Am DP [classes] since 2004, so it's not a big issue to switch between the two cars. But it will definitely be a change in the tracks."
Watkins Glen: The six-hour Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race is scheduled for Saturday, June 6, from 2:15 pm to 8:15 pm ET on the 3.4-mile Watkins Glen International road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y. The race will be telecast live on SPEED from 2 pm to 4 pm and from 6 pm to 8:30 pm ET.
Le Mans: Les 24 Heures du Mans is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14, starting at 3 pm CET (9 am ET), on the 13.629-kilometre (8.47-mile) Circuit de la Sarthe street and road course in Le Mans, France. The race will be televised live on SPEED on June 13 from 8 am to noon and from 4:30 pm to 10 pm, and on June 14 from midnight to 9:30 am, all ET. Practice, qualifying and the race will also be covered live on radiolemans.com.
Mid-Ohio: The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race is scheduled for Saturday, June 20, from 5 pm to 7:45 pm ET on the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The race will be televised live on SPEED.
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