Sahlen's Six Hour Proves to be Wet Watkins Weekend for Law After the dust had settled over early court action that canceled qualifying for the Rolex Grand American Series' Daytona Prototypes in last weekend's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen at ...
Sahlen's Six Hour Proves to be Wet Watkins Weekend for Law
After the dust had settled over early court action that canceled qualifying for the Rolex Grand American Series' Daytona Prototypes in last weekend's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International Raceway in upstate New York, theGrand American Prototype machinesgot down to business and treated the fans to some world class driving and race action. Porsche endurance racing specialist Darren Law and teammate David Donohue dodged a few bulletsbut ended upcatching one as they finished 17th overall in the soggy conditions for the six hour endurance event at one of the country's greatest and most demanding race tracks.
Qualifying and Race Action
Law and Donohue's #58 Brumos Porsche Fabcar Daytona Prototype was slotted 11th on the grid based on the team's accrued 2006 points, and Law was tapped to start the race. The green flag was thrown at 2:37 pm EST for the start of the Sahlen's sponsored event, and Law settled into a consistent pace in the dry conditions that saw him gradually moving forward in the field. Law finished his first stint after 90 minutes, and turned the car over to Donohue with a strategic stop for fuel and tires as rain began to fall.
Roll of the Dice
Conditions continued to change throughout the event, and several teams were caught changing from rains to slicks and back again. Pit strategy was anybody's guess, and often came down to a simple roll of the dice.
Approaching the 3.5 hour mark with Donohue still at the wheel of the Red Bull sponsored Brumos machine, the #58 made light contact with the #60 Lexus Riley of Oswaldo Negri and Mark Patterson. The contact damaged Donohue's left rear wheel sufficiently to allow the tire to lose air and as David started hard braking a shower of sparks revealed that the tire had fully deflated and the wheel was hitting the pavement. David struggled to maintain control of the #58 entry and it is credit to his ability that he was able to keep the Red Bull machine off the wall and instead settled for the gravel trap. The car was removed from the trap, and after a stop for fuel and tires Donohue set out again.
Law took over from Donohue at another stop with 90 minutes left in the six hour enduro and drove to the end. Despite being several laps down to the leaders due to the earlier incident, Law drove hard and was able to turn consistent and quick laps that would have easily placed the Brumos within the top five cars at the finish. Despite his efforts, Law was forced to settle for 17th as the checkered flag flew on lap 154.
Darren Law Quote
We're still searching for a bit more speed, but toward the end of this race we were turning some solid laps. Unfortunate about the incident with David. He was hustling the car well, and it looks like it was just one of those racing situations. I'm glad that he kept the car off the wall and we had a chance to get back out there and try and get some points from the race. Realistically, we probably had a top ten car today, and hopefully we can get something like that done at Mid-Ohio.