Darren Law set a record pace during the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 6. The Phoenix driver set a record pole position time in the No. 59 Brumos Racing...
Darren Law set a record pace during the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 6. The Phoenix driver set a record pole position time in the No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype, led much of the race and finished a close second.
Law qualified with a fast lap of one minute 11.806 seconds, at an average speed of 115.310 mph on the 2.3-mile infield road course in Homestead, Fla. His time was more than a second faster than the previous record set in October, 2009. Law drove the first two stints of the two-hour 45-minute race, opening up a 14-second lead over the rest of the field. He stopped for a driver change at 1h35, but was slowed by a fire in pit lane. David Donohue of Malvern, Pa., took over for the final stint, returning to the track second behind the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing car. Donohue closed the gap and held second position to the checkered flag.
Law recounted the race weekend:
"We had a great weekend, qualified on pole, broke the track record. Qualifying went very well. The team came over the radio to me on my fourth lap and told me I was one-tenth of a second from the pole position, so I took one lap to cool the tires and went for it on the next lap. I only got one more tenth of a second out of the car but it was just enough.
"We had a great race. At the drop of the green flag, I got a lot of wheel spin and the 99 car got the jump on me. After a few laps when we caught traffic, the 99 car got held up and gave me a chance to get alongside him. I made the pass and from that point on, I led the race and pulled out to as much as a 14-second gap. We came in for our first stop, did tires and fuel and I stayed in the car, maintaining the lead.
"On the second stop, I came into the pits with an eight-second lead on the 01 Ganassi car. Unfortunately, there was a car on fire and GRAND-AM officials in pit lane, and I had to slow to avoid everyone. This allowed the 01 to make up the gap that I had built. We then switched drivers and David finished out the race. A late caution allowed us to close up on the Ganassi car, but we couldn't get by and came home second.
"We led a race high of 71 laps. We really wanted the win and came within 0.2 seconds, but second is a great finish and we got a big jump in the points. The Brumos team gave us a great car this weekend and we are looking forward to carrying the momentum on to Barber next month."
Law's next race will be the 12 Hours of Sebring at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway on March 20. He will return to Rolex Series action on April 10, at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.
20+ in 2010
Darren Law will compete in more than 20 sports-car races this year. The versatile Phoenix driver will race the No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. He will also race in the American Le Mans Series GT2 class, driving the No. 44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.