Long Beach: Darren Law race report

Law Donohue and Brumos Porsche Survive Inaugural Long Beach Rolex Grand American Race It was a busy weekend of racing at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach where the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Presented by Crown Royal Special ...

Law Donohue and Brumos Porsche Survive Inaugural Long Beach Rolex Grand American Race

It was a busy weekend of racing at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach where the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve, made their inaugural appearance before an exuberant southern California crowd this past Saturday. The #58 Brumos Porsche Fabcar driven by Darren Law and David Donohue survived late race contact with another car to finish 15th after running in the top ten for much of the event. The Daytona Prototypes represented the only Grand American Rolex Series cars, although a full field of 26 cars was in attendance and provided some thrilling race action.

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The Red Bull Brumos squad arrived at Long Beach ready to ride the wave of momentum that they have enjoyed from the start of the season, despite being handed a 75 lb weight restriction as levied by Grand American on all the Porsche Daytona Prototype teams. Although Darren was not pleased with the added weight on the racecar, he was very happy to be at Long Beach. Darren grew up in the southern California area not far from the famous track, and began his racing career in karts at many of the karting venues around Los Angeles.

Down to Business

The #58 car ran mid pack for both practice sessions, and David Donohue placed the blue and silver Brumos 11th on the grid with a lap of 1:21.390 around the famed concrete-lined 1.97 mile temporary street course. With a total race time cut from 2 hours and 45 minutes to only a 90-minute sprint, both Donohue and Law knew that working their way up through the field would be difficult but imperative.

Bump and Run

Law took over the Brumos entry from Donohue on a lap twelve stop during a full course caution to clear debris from a frightening accident that involved the #99, #8, #12, and #39 cars. After a long caution period, the field took the green for the restart on lap 22, and Law, happy with the balance of the Red Bull machine, set out to hunt down the front runners. Law had worked his way to 4th and appeared on his way to a strong finish before the #75 Ford of Nic Jonsson made an ill advised passing attempt in turn 6 on lap 41, and made hard contact with the right rear of the Brumos Porsche. Darren's car spun from the contact, and with only 11 laps left in the event he worked his way back to 15th at the finish.

Darren Law Quote

It's a shame really. We had a decent race car today. We didn't have the pace of the front cars, but I felt pretty confident that we were headed for a top 5. The Porsche power was strong and the crew worked hard all weekend. Nic (Jonsson) tried a pass in turn 6 which I feel was a pretty low percentage area for a pass. Nic is a good guy, and I am sure it wasn't intentional, but I'm disappointed, especially since we were running well. I'm just hoping I can catch a break here soon and finish where I feel the car is capable of.

Info and Upcoming Events

Darren and the Brumos crew will head cross country for the next event to be held at Virginia International Raceway the weekend of April 21-23. Darren will also be driving in the Grand Am Cup race that weekend in the Marcus Motorsports Porsche 997. For more information on the results of the Long Beach race or to view schedules and entry lists for the upcoming VIR race visit www.grand-am.com. You can also see what's new with Darren's racing at www.darrenlaw.com. See pics of the 2006 Brumos Porsche powered Fabcars at www.brumosracing.com.

Sponsors and Supporters

Look for Darren to be wearing driving gear from CDOC, who has agreed to support him for the 2006 season. Darren depends on CDOC's racing expertise for all his racing, safety and performance equipment needs. CDOC is a world leader in the distribution of OMP, Alpinestars, Bell and HANS brands as well as over 100 other performance lines. View the entire line of CDOC performance and racing products at www.cdoc.com.

In his quest to be in top physical shape, Darren has also been maintaining a strict workout schedule as prescribed by Carmichael Training Systems. You can find more information on how Carmichael allows some of the worlds best drivers and other top-flight athletes keep the competitive edge at www.trainright.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Nic Jönsson