Law quickest in Grand-Am Cup after plenty of practices. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 8, 2002) -- Darren Law posted the quickest time during the Grand-Am Cup Series practice at Daytona International Speedway for this weekend's Dark Dog Grand ...
Law quickest in Grand-Am Cup after plenty of practices.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 8, 2002) -- Darren Law posted the quickest time during the Grand-Am Cup Series practice at Daytona International Speedway for this weekend's Dark Dog Grand American Finale. Law's 105.855 mph lap in 2:01.071 came as no surprise to many, because Law has incurred more track time on Daytona's 3.56-mile road course today than any other driver, as he is slated to race in four race cars this weekend.
As the lead driver for G&W Motorsports, Law will race in all four of the team's cars this weekend, including both its entries into Grand-Am Cup's Grand Sport I class. Law's quick time came behind the wheel of the #01 Porsche, which he plans to run during qualifying on Saturday morning. He will also be the closer for the team's #81 Porsche.
"My focus during the Grand-Am Cup race is to get a good finish for one of the Porsches. While our two cars are out of contention right now for the championship, we want to help the other Porsches in the field and help out Porsche in the manufacturer championship," explained the Phoenix resident. "I guess you could say I'll be racing against myself, but I'll really be focused on racing against all the other brands out there."
Law will also run in the Rolex Sports Car Series race on Sunday, where he will compete in both the SportsRacing Prototype II and GT classes. "I won't spend too much time in the #70 (SRPII) really. I'll just be getting into it to secure my second-place spot in the driver points. My main focus there will be to post a good finish for the Martini car in the GT class. We did great at The Glen in that car, and I am aiming for another podium finish."
While Law led the GS I class, the Shreiner Racing #30 Mustang Cobra R was quickest in the GS II class with its 100.008 mph lap in 2:08.150. The WTF Engineering #48 Cavalier was fastest in the ST II class, and Chuck Goldsborough was at the front of the ST I field in the Team Lexus #0 IS300.
Another Team Lexus driver, Jean-Francois Dumoulin, currently leads the ST I driver standings and will be part of a hotly contest battle for the championship on Saturday. "As a team owner, I told everyone at the beginning of the year that if it got down to a points battle between our guys that the driver leading the points would get to chose his co-driver," explained Goldsborough. "So J.F. chose Andy Lally."
Dumoulin and Lally will pilot the team's #2 Lexus, which posted the third-quickest time during Friday's practice.
Grand-Am Cup will wrap up its 2002 season with a six-hour race on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are on sale and may be purchased at the gate. Additional information is available on the Daytona International Speedway website at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at 386-253-RACE.
Additional information about Grand-Am Cup may be found online at www.grandamerican.com.