Tough Luck Costs Law and Donohue a Win at Homestead Rolex Race It was shaping up to be a winning performance for Porsche endurance racer and Red Bull Brumos Porsche Riley team driver Darren Law and his teammate David Donohue at this last...
Tough Luck Costs Law and Donohue a Win at Homestead Rolex Race
It was shaping up to be a winning performance for Porsche endurance racer and Red Bull Brumos Porsche Riley team driver Darren Law and his teammate David Donohue at this last weekend's Homestead Miami Speedway round of the 2007 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series schedule. Bad luck would change the result though, as a late call to enter pit lane under a full course caution dropped the Red Bull machine down the order when it returned to the race. Law of Phoenix, Arizona had been leading the race at the time, and was slowly building a gap from the rest of the field, but with the pit miscue, the team would eventually have to settle for a 6th place finish.
Both Law and Donohue showed good speed in the #58 from the start of the weekend as Donohue topped the time sheets after the first practice session. The team continued to make changes to the set up and Law was able to turn a solid 1:14.712 of the 2.3 mile infield road course to place the Red Bull liveried machine 5th on the grid. Law was a mere four tenths of a second off the pole-winning machine of Jan Magnussen.
Leading the Pack
The twenty-car Daytona Prototype field took the green flag Saturday morning under cloudy rain-threatening skies although dry conditions prevailed for the start of the scheduled 400k event. Law set a strong, but tire wear conscious pace, and began to work his way toward the front of the field. By lap 20 Law was securely in second place and by lap 32 had assumed the lead of the race. Darren led through lap 50 and was beginning to open a gap to the #10 entry before a full course caution came out. Unfortunately, just as Darren was passing the entry to pit lane, he got the call from the team to come in for fuel, tires and a driver change. With no other options available to him, Darren was forced to take another lap as the drivers behind him made their scheduled stops and benefited from track position.
By the time Law was able to pit and hand the car over to Donohue, the Red Bull Porsche had dropped to 15th. Donohue drove a hard clean stint, and worked his way up to 6th at the flag. On the face of it, another top ten finish shows that the Brumos is continuing to gain a competitive edge in the Daytona Prototype field, but both Law and Donohue were somewhat disappointed thinking about what might have been at Homestead.
Quote - Darren Law
"I am upset that we missed the pit on the caution. Our team did a great job. We had a good car all weekend, qualifying was very close, and our strategy was right. We were leading and only needed a short stop for fuel tires and driver change but we had a communication error and missed the pit entrance on the caution, so we went from 1st to 15th. It was unfortunate, but David did a great job in the final stint to get us back to 6th. Every race we are competitively running at the front. I am really hoping to get to the podium soon this season."
Up Next and Info
Darren has a busy schedule ahead as he heads out this weekend to St. Petersburg, Florida for the American Le Mans Series Acura Sports Car Challenge. Law will be teamed with Seth Neiman in the #44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche GT3 RSR. He then joins the Lizards for the Long Beach race in mid April, and will close out the month by jumping back into the #58 Brumos machine at VIR.