McCalmont and Law Take Zoom Motorsports to Fourth Place Finish at Soggy VIR Event October 10, 2005 -- It was a wet and wild weekend of racing at VIR as the Grand American Grand Am Cup series took to the track for their 200-mile event this ...
McCalmont and Law Take Zoom Motorsports to Fourth Place Finish at Soggy VIR Event
October 10, 2005 -- It was a wet and wild weekend of racing at VIR as the Grand American Grand Am Cup series took to the track for their 200-mile event this past Saturday. The VIR round marked the 10th and final Grand Am Cup race of the 2005 season, and many of the teams and drivers were working especially hard in hopes of finishing what has turned out to be a fantastic season of racing on a high note. Mike McCalmont of Ancaster, Canada and Darren Law of Phoenix, Arizona teamed up with some smart strategy and solid driving to take their #6 Zoom Motorsports prepared TTL sponsored Porsche 996 to 4th overall in the 51 lap event, that saw rain soaked conditions and six separate caution periods for a total of 18 laps.
Zoom Motorsports team principal McCalmont, qualified the #6 entry in the number 21 slot with a lap of 2:15.372 around the beautiful and daunting 3.27 mile natural terrain road course that is Virginia International Raceway. McCalmont started the race amidst the 67-car field, and strategically turned the car over to Law during the first full course caution period.
Tackling the Rain
Law immediately began to work his way through the field, while deftly handling the treacherous conditions and skillfully avoiding many of the on-track incidents that resulted in caution periods. Law's performance in the car was the all the more impressive considering that much of the race was run under caution, and that Darren was hard pressed to make passes stick during relatively brief green flag conditions.
By the halfway point of the race Darren had been able to work his way into the lead of the race, but quickly ducked into pit lane for rain tires as the conditions began to steadily worsen. After finding himself at back of the field following the stop, Law drove a remarkable race in the rain, and worked his back through the field to secure 4th place as the race ended under yellow after 51 laps.
A Season to be Proud Of
The 2005 Grand Am Cup season was a strong one for the #6 Zoom Motorsports squad, and despite an unfortunate incident at Mosport, and the decision not to race at Trois-Rivieres and Phoenix, the Law/McCalmont duo were still able to finish 8th and 9th respectively in driver points and notched a total of 7 top ten finishes and three 2nd places. The stunning black and silver TTL Porsche 996, was seen more often than not slicing its way through the competitive Grand Sport fields, and in addition to impressive performances by both McCalmont and Law, much of the team's success was based on the hard work and smart strategy shown time and again by team manager Kirk Spencer and engineer Greg Fordahl, as well as the entire Zoom crew.
Mike McCalmont -- Zoom Motorsports Team Principal
It was really slick out there, and there were cars going off everywhere. I knew that if we could turn the car over to Darren, he was going to be able to work through the field. I think the team did a great job this weekend. Our team manager, Kirk Spencer did a really nice job as always, and I think we had a good weekend to close out the year. Despite a couple of problems that we ran into in the middle of the season, I feel that we had a good year, and we showed at just about every event that we are very competitive. With a bit of better luck I think we would have won a couple of the races this year.
Darren Law -- Zoom Motorsports Driver
I had a great time this weekend. The conditions were definitely rough, but our Porsche was set up really well, and it was a lot of fun working my way through the field. I enjoyed racing with the Zoom team all year, and I'm glad to see that was Mike getting quicker each time out in the car. I want to thank the whole Zoom crew, Mike McCalmont, Greg Fordahl, and Kirk Spencer for all the work they put in. Hopefully we can do this again next season.
For more information on the VIR race, or to take a look back at the awesome 2005 Grand Am Cup season, be sure to log onto www.grand-am.com. A 2006 schedule of events has been released for the Grand-Am Cup series, and the racing promises to be just as competitive and exciting.