ALTON, Va. (September 24, 2003) -- Patrick Huisman, a four-time Porsche Supercup champion, will join Darren Law at the wheel of the G&W Motorsports BMW-powered Picchio DP2 Daytona Prototype for the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series VIR 400...
ALTON, Va. (September 24, 2003) -- Patrick Huisman, a four-time Porsche Supercup champion, will join Darren Law at the wheel of the G&W Motorsports BMW-powered Picchio DP2 Daytona Prototype for the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series VIR 400 race at Virginia International Raceway, October 3-5.
The team, based at VIR, is coming off a strong third-place finish in last weekend's 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant and is looking to continue its momentum at its home track.
"Mont-Tremblant was clearly a leap forward for us," said team manager Price Cobb. "Patrick has incredible talent and is a very experienced endurance racer. I feel we will have a strong shot at winning, for sure."
Huisman, of The Netherlands, has been competing since 1988. After starting in touring cars, he was German Porsche Carrera Cup rookie of the year in 1992. His breakthrough year was in 1997, when he won his first of four consecutive Porsche Supercups.
He has raced three times in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, including a fifth place overall and second in GT2 in 1998 in a Porsche 911. Huisman was also a class winner in 1999 in both the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Law finished second in the Daytona Prototype class at the Nextel Grand Prix of Miami, third at Phoenix and led the Paul Revere 250 at Daytona earlier this season, although the team has struggled in recent events.
"I believe we should have won a couple races this year, but we've had our share of bad luck," said Cobb. "We're reworked the car prior to Mont-Tremblant. It's like a big puzzle, and some of the components weren't interacting like they should. At Mont-Tremblant, the drivers had zero complaints with the car, and we're happy.
"The other teams think we've done tons of testing at VIR," Cobb added. "We' ve tested there, but not 'tons.' Patrick has done no testing in our car. When he comes here to race, he'll sign in and drive like everyone else."
Practice for the VIR 400 will get underway on Friday, October 3. Qualifying will be held on Saturday, October 4, prior to the Grand-Am Cup Series 3 Hours of VIR, and the green flag will fly on the Rolex Series VIR 400 on Sunday, October 5 at 12:30 p.m. ET.
The VIR 400 will be broadcast on a same-day tape delay on SPEED Channel, with the three-hour broadcast starting at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 5.
For more information on the VIR 400, contact VIR at 888-RACE099 or visit the track's website at www.virclub.com.