VIR: G & W Motorsports preview

After a hard fought and well earned third place finishing position at Mont Tremblant last week, Darren Law and the G & W Motorsports team are looking to ride a new found sense of momentum into the Grand American Rolex Sports Car series endurance...

After a hard fought and well earned third place finishing position at Mont Tremblant last week, Darren Law and the G & W Motorsports team are looking to ride a new found sense of momentum into the Grand American Rolex Sports Car series endurance event to be held at Virginia International Raceway the weekend of October 2-3. Teaming with Law in the #8 USI Insurance / TheValley Group sponsored BMW powered Picchio Daytona Prototype will be Patrick Huisman of the Netherlands.

Huisman, a multi time Porsche Supercup Champion has driven with Law on several previous occasions, and Darren is clearly optimistic of their chances. "Patrick really is a great guy," says Law, "and obviously he can get a car around the track pretty well. We actually have driven together on several occasions, and we seem to like the car setup the same way. That's a big advantage, because it means both of us will be able to drive a car that suits our driving style, and ultimately it means we will be quicker."

VIR, a daunting racetrack filled with severe topographical changes and multiple transitional corners, is nestled among the rolling forested hills of southern Virginia, and is widely recognized as a first rate facility. As many teams are also aware, VIR is G & W Motorsports' hometrack, and the significance of this in not lost on Law.

Says Law, "Sure, we're glad that we'll be racing on a track where we have a fair amount of test time. It basically will allow us to work on setup right out of the box as opposed to taking time to get comfortable with the track. But when you really look at it, the teams we are competing against are very professional, and they'll get down to business pretty quickly."

In addition to his Daytona Prototype responsibilities, Law will also be competing in the GSII class in the Grand Am Cup event. Darren will be piloting a 993 Porsche, which will also be fielded by G & W Motorsports.

When asked about the differences between the two cars he would be driving over the weekend Law offered some insight. "There are some definite obvious differences like horsepower, seating position, shift feel and so forth, but the biggest area that shows a difference is usually the grip level. The Hoosier street stock slick that we use in the Grand Am Cup is a fantastic tire to be sure, but to be honest it simply can't compete with the proper slicks that we use on the Picchio, and that will probably be the biggest difference between the two cars."

For more information on the October 2-3 VIR 400 contact VIR at (434) 822-7700 or look them up online at www.virclub.com. For broadcast information or additional Rolex series information contact the Grand American Road Racing Association at www.grand-am.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Patrick Huisman , Darren Law