Law and Donohue Continue to Improve Brumos Riley Porsche With 8th Place Finish at Sonoma Rolex Grand American Event Darren Law and David Donohue settled for an 8th place finish in the ...
Law and Donohue Continue to Improve Brumos Riley Porsche With 8th Place Finish at Sonoma Rolex Grand American Event
Darren Law and David Donohue settled for an 8th place finish in the #58 Brumos Porsche Riley on Saturday in the Rolex Grand American Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. The Infineon race marked the penultimate round of the fifteen race 2006 Rolex Grand American schedule and was also the third race for the Brumos crew with their new Riley chassis under the #58 entry.
Law and Donohue along with the entire Brumos crew have been working hard to achieve a good balance with their new Riley chassis since their debut with the car at Barber Motorsports Park in July. The team's hard work and testing has begun to pay off, as the speed and competitiveness of the Brumos Porsche Riley package has continued to improve. Despite an 8th place finish this last weekend, the #58's hold on third place for some 25 laps was a more accurate indication of the potential of the Red Bull liveried Daytona Prototype machine.
The Infineon event was Donohue's turn for qualifying and first stint duties, and David hustled the Brumos to 8th on the grid with a lap of 1:29.228 around the technical and daunting 2.52 mile natural terrain road course built into the rolling and picturesque winery laden hills of northern California. Donohue's lap was very competitive as the top ten qualifying positions were covered by just over one second, and the strong qualifying form bode well for the race.
Taking advantage of a strong race set up Donohue was able to quickly move his way up through the field and held third place for more than half of his stint. David was able to keep clear of the incidents that brought out two yellows during his stint, and then with forty-five minutes remaining in the event, took advantage of a full course yellow to pit for fuel, tires and a driver change. Shortly before Donohue's pit, he was hit from behind by a GT car, and the contact damaged the rear of the car sufficiently to degrade the handling to the point that David brought the car to the pit in 11th place.
Law took over the #58 entry and set out in an attempt to make up some of the lost ground, although he was keenly aware that Donohue's assessment of damage to the rear of the car meant that Darren was going to have his work cut out for him. Sure enough, Law spent his forty-five minute stint in the car battling a strong tendency toward oversteer with the #58 entry. Nevertheless, Darren was able to make up some time with the ill handling machine, and eventually worked his way up to 8th before taking the checkered flag at the end of the timed race.
Darren Law Quote
Things were looking really good there for a while. David did a great job in the car and we seem to be figuring out the Riley little by little. There is definitely a lot of potential there, and it will just take work to get to it. It was too bad about the GT car getting into the back of David, and when I got in the car I ended up battling some really loose handling. The car was a bit unpredictable at the entry of corners, and it was hard to put the power down leaving those corners. Even so, we were able to score an eighth place out the event, and I think it would have been better still without the incident. We'll take what we've got to Utah for the last race of the year. It's going to be a great event, and I'm looking forward to working with Buddy (Rice) again.
Upcoming Events and Info
The Brumos crew won't get much of a break as they make the short trip east to Miller Motorsports Park outside Salt Lake City, Utah for the last race of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve season August 31 through September 2. By all accounts, the stunning new 4.5 mile Miller Motorsports track will provide an enormous challenge for drivers and teams alike as they tackle the circuit for a nine hour endurance event. Law and Donohue will be joined by Indy 500 champion Buddy Rice for the extended event.
The race will be broadcast live on SPEED in a two-part segment, the first of which begins at 2 PM EST on 9/2/06 and the second segment starts at 6 PM EST. For more info log onto www.grand-am.com.