APRIL 9th, 2013 - DARREN LAW JOINS THE SPEED TEAM AS PIT REPORTER
Darren Law will have a new motorsport challenge when he joins the SPEED team as a pit reporter for the network's telecasts of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge races at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., on April 20.
The Phoenix driver has competed in the two series since 2000, driving both Daytona Prototype and Grand Touring cars. His results include overall victory in the 2009 Rolex 24 At Daytona, the 2001 Rolex Series GT championship and numerous wins, poles and podium finishes.
"We chose Darren because of his history in sports-car racing, along with his personality. As we have talked with Darren many times over the years, we feel we have an opportunity to take advantage of his take on sports-car racing," Frank Wilson, SPEED's vice-president of event and studio production and executive producer, explained.
"His responsibilities will be to cover one half of pit road in both the CTSCC and Rolex races. He will be asked to interview drivers and team members, while also providing insight based on his experience and perspective."
Law is looking forward to sharing his experience and contacts with SPEED viewers.
"For so many years, I've been on the other side of the microphone. I'm looking forward to talking about racing from a different perspective," he noted. "I have a long history in the DP car, having driven it since the day it was introduced. I also have a long history in GT cars, so I've definitely got a perspective on both classes. In addition, I have so many friends who are drivers, engineers and team personnel, I will have a lot of people to speak to."
Law has been working hard to prepare for his new role, talking to his SPEED colleagues and watching past telecasts to learn how to work on camera.
"I have spoken to Chris Neville, Johnny O'Connell, Brian Till and Calvin Fish. I got some great insight and advice from them," Law noted. "I've also been watching the broadcasts and watching the races from a different point of view. Instead of just focusing on how the race is going and who's where, I'm listening to how the announcers deliver the content of their message.
"One of the things I've noticed, which you don't always catch as a driver, is how much background information they have obtained. I'm really impressed with their research and the information they have coming into the event. Keeping that in mind, I'm going to call everybody I know and ask them to give me some dirt on what's going on!"
Law sees an interesting parallel between his experience as an endurance racer and SPEED's approach to broadcast production.
"The entire broadcast crew work together and help each other. It's not just an individual program; it's the group effort that makes it good. I understand the importance of being a team member and contributing to the group effort," he said. "I'm really looking forward to it. I think it will be a lot of fun!"
The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race is scheduled for Saturday, April 20 from 11:30 am to 2 pm, followed by the Rolex Sports Car Series race from 4:30 pm to 7:15 pm, on the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta road course in Braselton, Ga. The Rolex Series race will be televised live on SPEED and the Continental Tire race will air on SPEED on Saturday, April 27 at 2 pm. All times EDT.
Darren Law will drive the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette-powered Riley Daytona Prototype for GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing in the 2013 Rolex 24 At Daytona. The versatile Phoenix driver is also the chief operating officer of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. He is supported by OMPRacing and Athlete Octane.