WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (May 16, 2002) -- When Darren Law travels to Watkins Glen International next month for the Sports Car Grand Prix, he hopes that three will be his lucky number. After winning the GT class at the 2000 and 2001 6 Hours of The Glen,...
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (May 16, 2002) -- When Darren Law travels to Watkins Glen International next month for the Sports Car Grand Prix, he hopes that three will be his lucky number. After winning the GT class at the 2000 and 2001 6 Hours of The Glen, Law will look to add a third-straight class victory to his resume when he races in the SportsRacing Prototype II class, and possibly the GT class as well. Add those two Rolex Sports Car Series race cars to his Grand-Am Cup ride, and Law could be the busiest man in Watkins Glen, June 21-23.
"I am really looking forward to going back. Watkins Glen has been really good to me," says Law, who is currently second in the SportsRacing Prototype II driver standings. "This will be a tricky weekend, if it actually all comes off, because I'll be running Grand-Am Cup in the Porsche [GT3 Cup], which I've been doing all year. I'll definitely be doing the Picchio [in SRP II], and I'll possibly be doing a [GT class Porsche] GT3 R. I don't know how I'm going to plot between all the cars. It's going to be a tripleheader for me if I can make it work."
Law admits that his primary focus during the Sports Car Grand Prix weekend will be the #07 Momentum Motorcars BMW-powered Picchio of G&W Motorsports. The 34-year-old father of two recently returned home to Phoenix after testing the Picchio at Virginia International Raceway, home to G&W Motorsports. "[The Picchio is] getting so much better. Every race it's gotten faster and faster. And until qualifying at the last race, we split the Rand [Racing] cars in the times. This break between Phoenix and Watkins has been great for us. The car is completely stripped down, and I think we will be a lot better off for the rest of the season."
The 6 Hours of The Glen will be the longest race for the Rolex Sports Car Series since it kicked off the season with the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Law says that the grueling six hours that await him and his team in Watkins Glen could either work to their advantage or disadvantage as they continue to break-in their new Picchio. "Developing a new car is a tough deal, especially since we are having to do it during the race season instead of in the off-season. Looking back at things that have been happening all year, as far as that is concerned, we don't want the long races because we keep having new car blues. But I think it will be to our advantage, as far as competitors, because more things can happen. As long as we keep our nose clean and the car is running better, I think we'll have a good shot at it."
Most drivers take extra care in preparing for the 6 Hours of The Glen, because of its extended demands on the body, but the possibility of Law running two cars in the 6 Hours, in addition to the three-hour Grand-Am Cup race, has him seriously assessing his readiness. "It is a long time, and there will be a lot of different factors before we make the final decision on [racing all three]. I've been training hard all year, and I've stepped up my own workout program. I love driving, and I don't feel a personal problem with it. It's just a matter of logistics between cars."
The Sports Car Grand Prix at The Glen will kick off on Friday, June 21 with Rolex Series practice and Grand-Am Cup practice and qualifying, in addition to a 30-minute Ferrari Challenge race. Ferrari Challenge will run a 45-minute race on Saturday, June 22, followed by Rolex Series qualifying and the Grand-Am Cup Sport Touring and Grand Sport races. Law will race the G&W Motorsports #01 The Jennifer Fund Porsche GT3 Cup in the Grand Sport race, scheduled to start at 5:45 p.m. The green flag will fall on the 6 Hours of The Glen at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 23, beginning Law's quest for his third-consecutive class win in the race.
Tickets for the 2002 season at Watkins Glen International, including the Sports Car Grand Prix weekend, June 21-23, are still available. For tickets, reserved camping, and additional information, please contact the Watkins Glen ticket office at 607-535-2481 or log on to the official Watkins Glen web site at www.theglen.com.
Additional information about the Sports Car Grand Prix, featuring the 6 Hours of The Glen, as well as the latest news on the Rolex Sports Car Series and Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series, can be found online at www.grand-am.com.