LAW PRESS RELEASES - 2013
JUNE 21, 2013
LE MANS TO INDY
Darren Law is preparing for another stint behind the microphone, this time providing color commentary for SPEED's telecasts of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 22 and 23. Law will join Calvin Fish, Scott Pruett, Dorsey Schroeder, Brian Till and Bob Varsha in the announcer's booth as the network presents 25 hours of coverage of the French endurance classic.
Law will also join the SPEED team as a pit reporter for two upcoming Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race telecasts, from Watkins Glen International on June 30 and from Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26. He knows the inside line from a driver's perspective after competing in 161 series races spanning more than a decade, with wins in both the Daytona Prototype and GT classes.
Exchanging his driver helmet for a headset, Law enjoyed his first experience as a pit reporter during the Rolex Series race at Road Atlanta in April.
"I learned a lot about how the commentary segues from the booth down to pit lane, how you receive it and hand it back," he said. "I've watched the broadcast and looked at how I spoke and presented different items. I will definitely be making some changes as I learn more about this business. But having been in the series since its inception, I know most everyone in the paddock, so talking to them was really comfortable; it was like I was talking to my friends. The real challenge is behind the scenes, in putting together the production."
Like listening to multiple voices over the headset:
"You have the broadcast in the booth, you have a producer you're talking to back and forth, you can also have a scanner going so you're listening to teams, and as you're traveling from pit to pit, you're thinking about what you're saying and who you're talking to. You have three or four different voices in your head all the time. That takes a little getting used to," Law acknowledged.
"I have a new appreciation for everyone at SPEED, from the pit reporters to the guys in the booth to all the people it takes to put on a production. Being able to process all that information, put it out there and still make it sound good is harder than people think."
The Le Mans stint will add more new challenges for Law – his first time in the announcer's booth and his first time following an international video feed, rather than his network's production. His race preparation will also change from the routine he developed as a driver at Le Mans.
"Usually, I'm working out, eating proper meals and mentally preparing for the race," he said. "This year, I'm reading and studying information. The broadcast group sends out tons of information on the drivers, records and many other items. I'm also doing my own research, looking at the different tire manufacturers as well as several different things that apply to each class. I've got a three-ring binder with a hundred pages of notes to read and study. It will be a different Le Mans!"
GROUND TO AIR
Law recently took a break from his day job as chief operating officer at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix, joining the US Air Force as an honorary commander.
"I was asked to be an honorary commander for the 21st fighter squadron of the US Air Force, based out of Luke Air Force Base. Every two years, the Air Force picks someone in the community to showcase what they do and do different events with each other," he explained. "I spent an entire day touring the facility. I got to see a dyno run with a fighter jet engine in full afterburner from about 30 feet away, bomb-defusing robots and the command center. It was pretty amazing!
"When the fighter pilots from the squadron found out what I do, they were pretty excited, asking for hot laps on the race track in a Corvette. I think going the speed of sound in a fighter jet is cool, but I guess we all like to go fast and it doesn't matter what we're in. In return for hot laps, I'm pushing them to take me up in a jet for a ride!"
BROADCAST DETAILS (ET)
The 24 Hours of Le Mans will be broadcast live on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23. SPEED telecasts will air Saturday from 8:30 am to 2 pm, 4 pm to 7 pm and 7:30 pm to 9:30 am Sunday. Live streaming will be available on speed.com on Saturday from 2 pm to 4 pm and 7 pm to 7:30 pm.
The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race at Watkins Glen International will air live on SPEED on June 30 from 11 am to 5 pm. The Rolex Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will air live on SPEED on July 26 from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm.
Darren Law competes in selected sports-car endurance races in both prototype and GT cars. The versatile Phoenix driver is also the chief operating officer of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. He is supported by OMPRacing.