LAW, DONOHUE AND MAASSEN BRING BRUMOS PORSCHE FABCAR
HOME 4th FOR 44TH RUNNING OF ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA.
holding the lead of the 44th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona
for some 51laps, Grand American Daytona Prototype regulars Darren
Law and the Brumos Porsche Fabcar team settled for a hard fought
4th place finish at the checkered flag, which fell at 12:10 pm today.
Phoenix based Law and teammates David Donohue and Sascha Maasen
showed the renewed competitiveness of the Porsche Fabcar platform,
and despite narrowly missing a podium finish, which they held for
most for most of the event, all three drivers were encouraged by
the car’s performance.
Despite qualifying in 16th position with a lap of 1:45.197 around
the famed 3.56 mile Daytona International Speedway roadcourse circuit,
the #58 Red Bull liveried Brumos Porsche entry was forced to start
29th out of thirty Daytona Prototype entries due to a technical
infraction. Based on the fact that the twice around the clock event
is more a test of endurance as opposed to outright velocity, and
since the Brumos racecar had shown promise in practice sessions
and in the Daytona Test Days held a month previously, the team was
not unduly concerned with the starting position.
PORSCHE POWER LEADS AT DAYTONA
The green flag fell at 12:10 pm on January 28th and the 66-car field
made it cleanly through the first several laps of the event. The
#58 Brumos car immediately set to the task of working toward the
front of the field, and by lap 115 European racing champion Sascha
Maassen had assumed the lead of the race. Maassen pitted on lap
117, and Law took over for the first of his four driving stints
in this grueling 24-hour event.
Law reassumed the lead on lap 152 and pitted shortly thereafter,
but stayed in the car for a double stint. By lap 166 Law had again
worked his way forward to lead one of the most famous of all endurance
races in motorsports. By lap 182, with some six hours of the race
completed, Law had built his lead to 50 seconds over the rest of
the field and then pitted on lap 188, handing the car over to Maassen.
Maassen was also able to lead briefly before being forced to pit
on lap 232 seven and a half hours after the green flag. A lengthy
pitstop to address cooling issues dropped the spectacular blue and
silver Red Bull entry down three laps, and the process of making
up time to the leaders began.
Law ran an uneventful but competitive second stint from laps 308
to 377 and held the Porsche in the top three. Darren’s third stint
started at 5:12 am Sunday morning and lasted until just after 7:23
am, carrying Law through the Daytona sunrise.
Darren’s fourth and final stint of the event began on lap 679 with
twenty-two hours of the noon to noon event completed. Law, who was
holding down a podium finishing third place position was unceremoniously
punted by the eventual race winning #02 Lexus Riley of Scott Dixon,
and the subsequent light contact with the tire wall in turn six
led to a flat left rear tire. The #02 entry was assessed a “drive
through” penalty, but it scarcely affected either the race winner’s
position or the fact that Law was forced to pit for a new left rear
tire. During the stop, the #58 Porsche was passed by the #23 Alex
Job Racing Porsche Crawford of Lucas Luhr for the final podium position.
Law exited the pits on lap 731 and took the checkered flag in fourth
position after a hard fought race that proved the Porsche Fabcar
combination to be a force to be reckoned with. Despite missing the
podium, the Brumos crew took consolation in the fact that only one
of the top three finishing teams will continue for the entire season.
The Red Bull Brumos Porsche crew therefore finds itself in second
place heading to Mexico City in the Daytona Prototype points race.
DARREN LAW DRIVER QUOTE
That was a really tough race. We actually had some pretty good reliability
compared to a couple of the other teams, and I think a few cars
ran into trouble because it was such a fast pace for the whole race.
It felt great to be able to lead, and to be able to do it pretty
comfortably. We ended up running into a couple of cooling issues
that forced a long pitstop, and it was tough to recover from that.
Then there was that hit from the #02 car with only ten laps to go
or something like that. It would have been great to finish on the
podium – this whole team really deserved it. We’ll be back at them
next race – this car is good.
The 44th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona resulted in some
impressive statistics. The total race distance of 734 laps or just
over 2,600 miles was a record for the relatively new Daytona Prototype
class. In addition, it was the fourth different engine and chassis
manufacturer combination to win the race in the Daytona Prototype
Law notched up a few statistics of his own as he drove four separate
stints for a total of 8 hour and 34 minutes in the car, while covering
262 laps and some 932 miles.
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