LAW PRESS RELEASES - 2012
JUNE 3, 2012
DARREN LAW - DETROIT VICTORY
Darren Law scored an important Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series win on Saturday, celebrating Corvette's 60th anniversary in the company's hometown of Detroit. He is now second in series driver championship standings – by one point – after five of 13 races scheduled for the 2012 season.
Law, of Phoenix, and João Barbosa of Porto, Portugal, took the inaugural Rolex Series win on the 2.1-mile Belle Isle street circuit, leading a one-two finish for Action Express Racing. The pair honored Corvette's six decades with a historic white-and-silver paint scheme on their No. 9 Corvette-powered Coyote Daytona Prototype.
Law started the two-hour race from fourth on the 27-car grid. He dropped back one position at the start, but quickly moved to second during his 30-minute stint. Barbosa took over during an early caution period, returning to the track third. He took the race lead at the one-hour mark, fell back to eighth during a round of pitstops, then charged through the field to take the lead again at 1h22. He held it to the checkered flag.
"This race was one of the most important races for us to do well, and to go out and win it was even better," Law said. "To be there in Detroit, at Chevrolet's headquarters – with everybody from the motorsport manager to the president of the company – was a big deal."
The race was Law's first in the No. 9 Daytona Prototype, but he said it was a smooth transition from the team's No. 5 car he drove previously.
"João and I are very similar in size, so me moving over to the 9 car was an easy fit," he noted. "The seat, the pedals, everything worked well; I didn't have to make any adjustments. The cars are set up the same and we try to keep them as close as possible during the race weekend, so there wasn't any big transition for me from car to car."
With track time limited by rain and a packed weekend schedule, having a good car setup was critical. The Action Express crew delivered.
"The car was really good right off the truck," Law said. "We've got good cars and the team has been working so hard to get the setup right. There are only three Coyote chassis and this is the second win for a Coyote. We're just now learning what makes that car go, so I think as the season progresses, it's just going to get better and better.
"It was a great, great weekend! I was really proud of the team and Action Express, to have both cars one-two. We gained a ton of valuable points in the championship. We knew we had good cars, so it hopefully shows what we're capable of for the rest of the season."