Darren Law Settles for Ninth Place in Hard Hitting Infineon Rolex Event Porsche endurance racer Darren Law of Phoenix, Arizona and Brumos Porsche Riley teammate David Donohue of Malvern, Pennsylvania were bumped out of a top five finish this ...
Darren Law Settles for Ninth Place in Hard Hitting Infineon Rolex Event
Porsche endurance racer Darren Law of Phoenix, Arizona and Brumos Porsche Riley teammate David Donohue of Malvern, Pennsylvania were bumped out of a top five finish this weekend in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No 16 event at Infineon Raceway, and ended up 9th at the checkered flag. The Saturday running of the Armed Forces 250 was held in conjunction with the IndyCar series and made for a busy weekend of race action. Despite their finish outside the top five, which hasn't happened for Law and Donohue for the past seven races, they still maintain their third place position in the drivers championship points race.
Law and Donohue were competitive for much of the pre race practice sessions, and although Donohue turned in a lap in qualifying good for third on the grid, the pole position time for the #61 car was disallowed and the #58 Brumos Porsche squad was elevated to the front row. Donohue took the start of the scheduled 2 hour 45 minute race and stayed in the Porsche Riley until the Grand-Am mandated pit stop required in the first 45 minutes. Donohue then handed the #58 off to Law on lap 26.
Law exited pit lane in 4th and was able to maintain his position for much of the race although he gradually lost touch with the top three cars, as he fought handling conditions. After a stop for fuel and tires on lap 59 under a full course caution, Law again rejoined the race in 4th position. Darren unfortunately lost two positions due to contact with the #01 and then came under pressure from the Krohn Racing machine of Ricardo Zonta. Law and Zonta had a tight race for several laps in a battle for 4th place. Zonta then tried moving past the #58 in turn 7 on lap 87, and in the process took both cars wide in the hairpin. Law spun but was able to rejoin the race in 9th, which he maintained to the checkered flag.
"That was a pretty tough race for us. We were off a bit on the setup, and it is just very hard to pass at that track, you have to take risks to make it happen. It's a shame too because David had a strong stint and we were running a solid fourth before Zonta and I got together. We are still in third in the championship and we are winding down the season fast. We will try again in New Jersey next weekend."
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