LAW DONOHUE AND BRUMOS PORSCHE SURVIVE INAUGURAL
LONG BEACH ROLEX GRAND AMERICAN RACE
Phoenix, Arizona –—
It was a busy weekend of racing at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long
Beach where the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Presented
by Crown Royal Special Reserve, made their inaugural appearance
before the exuberant southern California crowd this past Saturday.
The #58 Brumos Porsche Fabcar driven by Darren Law and David Donohue
survived late race contact with another car to finish 15th after
running in the top ten for much of the event. The Daytona Prototypes
represented the only Grand American Rolex Series cars, although
a full field of 26 cars was in attendance and provided some thrilling
The Red Bull Brumos squad arrived at Long Beach ready to ride the
wave of momentum that they have enjoyed from the start of the season
despite being handed a 75 lb weight restriction as levied by Grand
American on all the Porsche Daytona Prototype teams. Although Darren
was not pleased with the added weight on the racecar he was very
happy to be at Long Beach. Darren grew up in the southern California
area not far from the famous track, and began his racing career
in karts at many of the karting venues around Los Angeles.
Down to Business
The #58 car ran mid pack for both practice sessions, and David Donohue
placed the blue and silver Brumos 11th on the grid with a lap of
1:21.390 around the famed concrete-lined 1.97 mile temporary street
course. With a total race time cut from 2 hours and 45 minutes to
only a 90-minute sprint, both Donohue and Law knew that working
their way up through the field would be difficult but imperative.
Bump and Run
Law took over Brumos entry from Donohue on a lap twelve stop during
a full course caution to clear debris from the frightening accident
that involved the #99, #8, #12, and #39 cars. After a long caution
period, the field took the green for the restart on lap 22, and
Law, happy with the balance of the Red Bull machine set out to hunt
down the front runners. Law had worked his way to 4th and appeared
on his way to a strong finish before the #75 Ford of Nic Jonsson
made an ill advised passing attempt in turn 6 on lap 41, and made
hard contact with the right rear of Brumos Porsche. Darren’s
car spun from the contact, and with only 11 laps left in the event
he worked his way back to 15th at the finish.
Darren Law Quote
"It’s a shame really. We had a decent race car today.
We didn’t have the pace of the front cars but I felt pretty
confident that we were headed for a top 5. The Porsche power was
strong and the crew worked hard all weekend. Nic (Jonsson) tried
a pass in turn 6 which I feel was a pretty low percentage area for
a pass. Nic is a good guy, and I am sure it wasn’t intentional,
but I’m disappointed, especially since we were running well.
I’m just hoping I can catch a break here soon and finish where
I feel the car is capable of."
Info and Upcoming Events
The Darren and the Brumos crew will head cross country for the next
event to be held at Virginia International Raceway the weekend of
April 21-23. Darren will also be driving in the Grand Am Cup race
that weekend in the Marcus Motorsports Porsche 997. For more information
on the results of the Long Beach race or to view schedules and entry
lists for the upcoming VIR race visit www.grand-am.com. You can
also see what’s new with Darren’s racing a www.darrenlaw.com.
See pics of the 2006 Brumos Porsche powered Fabcars at www.brumosracing.com.
Sponsors and Supporters
Look for Darren to be wearing driving gear from CDOC, who has agreed
to support him for the 2006 season. Darren depends on CDOC’s
racing expertise for all his racing, safety and performance equipment
needs. CDOC is a world leader in the distribution of OMP, Alpinestars,
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In his quest to be in top physical shape,
Darren has also been maintaining a strict workout schedule as prescribed
by Carmichael Training Systems. You can find more information on
how Carmichael allows some of the world’s best drivers and
other top-flight athletes keep the competitive edge at www.trainright.com.