DECEMBER 5, 2003
DARREN LAW TAPPED FOR BRUMOS PORSCHE GRAND AMERICAN ROLEX SERIES DAYTONA PROTOTYPE RIDE

 

OCTOBER 20, 2003
LAW MAKES ACEMCO MOTORSPORTS TEAM DEBUT AT PETIT LE MANS ENDURO


  OCTOBER 6, 2003
LAW AND G & W MOTORSPORTS EARN DOUBLE PODIUM FINISHES iN VIR 400


 

SEPTEMBER 14, 2003
FAST CAR BUT BAD LUCK RULE THE DAY FOR LAW, DYSON, AND G & W MOTORSPORTS AT MOSPORT GRAND AM CUP RACE


 

JULY 6, 2003
DRIVER LAW ON THE PACE IN GRAND AMERICAN ROLEX SERIES PAUL REVERE 250 AT DAYTONA


 

JUNE 22, 2003
DARREN LAW AND G & W MOTORSPORTS PULL DOUBLE DUTY AT SOGGY SAHLENIS SIX HOUR ROLEX ENDURO


 

JUNE 8, 2003
DARREN LAW AND G & W MOTORSPORTS HAVE TRYING WEEKEND IN FONTANA


 

MAY 21, 2003
DARREN LAW AND G & W MOTORSPORTS EXPERIENCE UPS AND DOWNS AT BARBER 250


  MAY 4, 2003
DARREN LAW FINISHES THIRD IN HARD FOUGHT PHOENIX ENDURANCE EVENT


 

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DECEMBER 5, 2003 (Phoenix, Arizona)

DARREN LAW TAPPED FOR BRUMOS PORSCHE GRAND AMERICAN ROLEX SERIES DAYTONA PROTOTYPE RIDE


Veteran Grand American Rolex Sports Car series driver Darren Law has been selected by the Brumos Racing team to contest the entire 2004 schedule in their #58 Red Bull sponsored, Porsche powered FABCAR entry in the Daytona Prototype class. Phoenix resident Law will be co-driving with David Donohue, and the team should be a force to reckon with in the upcoming season.

Law, who has won driver's championships in the Grand American Rolex series previously, is excited about his chances for future success with a top echelon team like Brumos.

Said Law, "This is the type of opportunity that as a driver you work your entire career to earn. Brumos is a high caliber race team with top level equipment and personnel, and of course a fantastic tradition in motor racing. I am honored to be a part of the Brumos organization, and I'm very excited about the prospect of next year."

Darren is quick to thank those that have given him opportunities in motorsport as he remarks," I really have to extend my thanks to Bob Snodgrass for giving me this opportunity.Ę We had talked on and off toward the end of the 2003 season and we were finally able to get all the pieces of the puzzle to fit. I also want thank Cole Scrogham who owns G & W Motorpsorts. He really took a chance on me way back when. He gave me a great opportunity and we won the GT championship together in 2001. He has always been supportive of my efforts and is also very professional.

Law is also looking forward to competing against other solid race teams, as a large number of daytona prototype cars and teams is forecast for 2004.

"To win next year is definitely going to be tougher for everybody," remarked Darren. "There seem to be quite a few more cars entering our class for 2004 and we will all have to be at the top of our game throughout the season. I'm confident that the Brumos team and the Porsche power will be an integral part of a competitive package for this upcoming season. I have a feeling that the fans are in for some great racing."

For more information on the entire Grand American Road Racing schedule for 2004 contact them at www.grand-am.com.

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October 20, 2003 (Phoenix, Arizona)

LAW MAKES ACEMCO MOTORSPORTS TEAM DEBUT AT PETIT LE MANS ENDURO

Darren Law, a veteran driver of four previous Petite Le Mans races, finished 7th in class in his debut for the ACEMCO Motorsports Team driving a Ferrari 360 Modena in the GT category. The grueling 1,000-mile season ending endurance race for the American Le Mans Series took place outside Braselton, Georgia at challenging Road Atlanta.

"That really was a great time," said Law after the race. "I got a chance to dice with a bunch of GT cars out there, and it really made my driving stints enjoyable. The brakes on that Ferrari were just fantastic, and they were really easy to get used to. I've got to thank ACEMCO for giving me the chance to drive the car, and I think we really ended doing a good job."

Law of Phoenix, was teamed with his good friend Terry Borcheller also of Phoenix, and Shane Lewis of Jupiter Florida.

"It was great having a chance to drive with Terry for once," remarked Darren. "We have competed against one another for so many years that it was fun to have a chance to be his teammate. We were able to work together along with Shane to get the car setup pretty much in the ballpark where we wanted it. We drove a consistent pace just as the team had requested, and the car stayed solid throughout the race."

Although there are no plans as of yet Law enjoyed his time with ACEMCO and would like to drive for them.

Said Darren, "The ACEMCO guys are a terrific group, and it would great to work with them again. We'll see what happens next year."

Darren is proud to wear safety gear from CDOC Systemized Performance, suppliers of top-level safety gear and vehicle enhancement products. For additional information visit them at www.cdoc.com.

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October 6 , 2003 (Phoenix, Arizona)

LAW AND G & W MOTORSPORTS EARN DOUBLE PODIUM FINISHES iN VIR 400

Veteran Grand American Rolex Sportscar series competitor Darren Law and the G & W Motorsports team had two well-earned 3rd place finishes this weekend at the VIR 400 held at their home track of Virginia International Raceway. The two podium finishes came one each in the Grand Am Cup and Grand American Rolex Sportscar series events. Both endurance contests were completed under clear skies and beautiful conditions amidst the rolling hills and thick forests around Alton, Virginia.

Rolex Daytona Prototype

After a competitively driven race, Law and the G & W Motorsports team were elated to bring the #8 USI Insurance / TheValley Group BMW powered Picchio Daytona Prototype home to a competitive third place. Law and his teammate Patrick Huisman kept the Picchio in the hunt throughout the course of the event and were ready to challenge for the lead as the race entered its final stages.

"Patrick (Huisman) drove great, just as we expected," remarked Law. "He turned the car over a bit before half distance, and we knew then, that we really had a fighting chance for at least a podium. All those yellows toward the end kept the race close, and I had a great dice with the #59 Brumos car over the last few laps. I could really close up under braking and through the corners, but as soon as we hit the straights he would leave me. Obviously, it would have been nice to get by him, but I have to admit that I'm pretty happy with the podium."

VIR being G & W 's home track and Darren's intimate knowledge of the many nuances of the circuit may have contributed to the team's good fortunes this past weekend, but Law is quick to credit the work of the team.

Said Law, "Without a doubt VIR is a very challenging racetrack that really has a few speed secrets that only time on the circuit can unlock. Add to that the fact that the Prototypes are really going quick through some many of the sections, and you have to have a driver that can hustle the car. Ultimately though, the car has to be there, and I've got to thank the G & W guys for giving me a competitive package this weekend. We've had good couple of weekends now, and I'm hoping we can sort of ride this wave into Daytona."

Grand Am Cup

Law's first race of the weekend came in the Grand Am Cup endurance event, a series held for production based street stock racecars. Law and codriver Vinnie Faraci, both of Phoenix, Arizona piloted the #01 Porsche 993 in the GSII class to third place.

"I got in the car right at halfway, and I think we were somewhere around 14th in class," said Law as he recapped the event. " I just put my head down and tried to pick off as many positions as possible. The further we came up the field the harder it was to get by people, but it really was a fun drive. The car was great throughout my stint, and I'm glad we could put ourselves on the podium."

The Grand American Rolex Sportscar series next travels to Daytona International Speedway for the Grand American Champions Weekend to be held the weekend of October 31 through November 2. For additional information on the upcoming 3-hour endurance contest contact the Grand American Road Racing Association at www.grand-am.com.

Darren is proud to wear safety gear from CDOC Systemized Performance, suppliers of top-level safety gear and vehicle enhancement products. For additional information visit them at www.cdoc.com.

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September 14, 2003 (Phoenix, Arizona)


FAST CAR BUT BAD LUCK RULE THE DAY FOR LAW, DYSON, AND G & W MOTORSPORTS AT MOSPORT GRAND AM CUP RACE

After qualifying a competitive 6th for the September, 12 Grand Am Cup event at Mosport International Raceway, the G & W Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup car finished 8th in the GS I class with Darren Law at the wheel. The 3-hour Grand Am Cup race, an endurance event for stock production racecars was the headline event of the weekend, and was completed amid clear skies and beautiful conditions.

The weekend started well as Law screamed to second in the timing charts after the first practice session. Said Law after the event, "We knew the speed in the car was there. We had been testing at VIR over the last couple of weeks, and so the car was quick right out off the trailer at Mosport."

The strategy was to have Chris Dyson qualify the car, and therefore start the race with Law jumping in at midpoint and finishing the event. Dyson drove a steady qualifying session on Friday to ensure the car was in the field, and the car was then prepared for the race.

Dyson maintained his position following the start and was running strongly until lap five when a suspension failure caused a quick spin. Dyson was able to continue however, and quickly made for the pits where the car was attended to, but lost two laps in the process.

Dyson continued with his stint and brought the car in for fuel at which point Law climbed aboard. Darren was happy with the setup and set out to make up time. "Even though the Grand Am Cup races are billed as endurance events, pretty much everybody is on a sprint pace right off the bat," said Darren. "Being two laps down pretty much takes you out of contention, but we decided to push hard anyhow. The car was good, and we turned consistently quick lap times that would have kept us right with the leaders. That suspension problem was just bad luck."

Look for Law, Dyson and the whole G & W crew next week at Circuit Mont-Tremblant where they will again test the GS I Grand Am Cup field in their Porsche GT3 Cup car. The race will be another 3-hour event and will be a support race for the Grand American Rolex Sports Car series held the weekend of September 19-21.

Darren is proud to wear safety gear from CDOC Systemized Performance, suppliers of top-level safety gear and vehicle enhancement products.

 

July 6 , 2003 (Phoenix, Arizona)

DRIVER LAW ON THE PACE IN GRAND AMERICAN ROLEX SERIES PAUL REVERE 250 AT DAYTONA

Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series driver Darren Law was up to speed quickly on his way to a fifth place finish in class at Daytona in the G & W prepared BMW powered Picchio Daytona Prototype sporting sponsorship from The Valley Group and USI Insurance. The second of three Rolex Sports Car Series events slated for Daytona for 2003 took place under the lights on the evening of July 3rd.

After staring second in class and fourth overall, Law was able to break away from the pack and ran a very close second overall to the Brumos Porsche of David Donohue, and by lap five was able to move into the overall lead. Law spent much of his stint leading the DP class race, despite some spirited battles with Donohue and the GTS class Mustang of Tommy Riggins.

Darren talked us through the opening laps of the event. "Once the race began, Donohue and I took off. We battled for a few laps and then I took the lead. I lead almost the entire first hour. Donohue and I were a car length apart for the entire time. It was great racing."

Law, who was again teamed with NASCAR regular Geoffrey Bodine, was excited about the progress the team made in setup and speed. Despite a mid race miscue with Bodine at the wheel that damaged the car sufficiently to end their evening, Law was quick to point out that the #8 G & W DP had been near the top of the charts all weekend.

Said Law after the event, "We had made some major setup changes over the weekend, and the car was fast. We really have a good direction on where to go with the car, and I think we made a lot of headway. Not only was I able to lead the race, but our times were within a couple of tenths of the fastest times for a prototype. We are really looking forward to the next race and the rest of the season, and are hoping for a turnaround."

The Grand American Rolex Series has a month long break before the Bully Hill Vineyards 250 to be held August 7-8 at Watkins Glen.

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JUNE 22, 2003 (Phoenix, Arizona)

DARREN LAW AND G & W MOTORSPORTS PULL DOUBLE DUTY AT SOGGY SAHLENIS SIX HOUR ROLEX ENDURO

Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series standout driver Darren Law had a long and eventful weekend at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen endurance event held at pituresque but rainy Watkins Glen, as he finished 2nd in the Grand Am Cup event, and 4th in the Daytona Prototype class of the Rolex race.

Grand Am Cup

Law’s first race of the weekend was in the G & W prepared Porsche GT-3 Cup car, which he shared with Chris Dyson, for the 3 hour Grand Am Cup event. After leading for several laps, Law finished the rain soaked event a very close second to the winning TPC Racing Porsche of Randy Pobst. Weather was a factor all weekend as fog had delayed qualifying for several hours, and the race was run almost entirely in the rain.

It was definitely slick out there, and it was important to make as few mistakes as possible, said Law after the race. In the closing laps I really thought I might be able to get back by Randy (Pobst), but we couldn’t quite get it done. Great race though, especially in the rain. I’m happy that Chris (Dyson) and I finished on the podium, especially since we really should have won the last one of these.

Sahlen’s Six Hour Rolex Sports Car Event

After a steady downpour that lasted for much of the weekend, conditions began to clear for the start of the Sahlen’s Six Hour Grand American Rolex Sports Car enduro. After failing to have their cars ready for the pre race pace lap, the front row qualifying Brumos Porsche was forced to start from the back of the pack allowing Law to start the #8 G & W prepared 95.1 The Nerve/Sahlen’s BMW powered Picchio Daytona Prototype on the front row.

The G & W Motorsports crew had worked hard to remedy the fuel pump problems that plagued the team at the last race in Fontana. Although there were some minor glitches during practice on Friday and Saturday, the car showed no symptoms of the electrical related problems during the race.

I've really got to hand it to the G & W crew guys,” said Law. “There was a bit of a problem with engine cutout during practice, but the guys just did anything and everything to make sure the car was right for today. They were here until 3:30 in the morning last night, and I just can’t thank them enough.

Law brought the car in on lap 10 to help change the handling which had gone very loose. Darren talked us through the first few laps. We were glad to be on the front row, and the plan was to go out and run some consistent times and stay in the hunt. The first few laps were pretty good, and then the car started to go really loose, especially at turn in. It really was a handful there for awhile, and on lap 10 we decide to pit and maybe tighten the car up a bit. There was a problem with the clutch from pretty early on, so pit stops were a little on the tough side for the guys. The handling started to get a bit better, and I was able to push harder toward the end of my stint.

NASCAR regular Geoffrey Bodine took the car over after Law’s stint, and was able to help the team to a forth place finish in the Daytona Prototype class.

Geoff did a really great job in the car,” said Darren about his teammate. “He was quick and consistent and he was good to the car. We're hoping that maybe he might be able to do some more of these events with us. I gotta say that Andy (Lally) did a great job as well. He's always right on the pace.

G & W and Law will be racing back to back weekends as the next event on the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series schedule will be Mid Ohio, the weekend of June 27-29.

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June 8 , 2003 (Phoenix, Arizona)

DARREN LAW AND G & W MOTORSPORTS HAVE TRYING WEEKEND IN FONTANA

Grand American Rolex Series Daytona Prototype driver Darren Law and his G & W Motorsports team struggled through much of the California 400 weekend in Fontana, California, and ultimately could not finish the race distance placing them 4th in class in the final race standings.

"We struggled with an electrical glitch the whole weekend," said Law after his abbreviated stint in the race. "We had a short somewhere that was cutting power to the fuel pump, and basically shutting the motor down periodically. It hurt us a bit in qualifying, and even though we thought we had it fixed, it came back during the race and we had to just park the car. It really is a shame too, because the G & W guys worked their tails off trying to find the problem, in fact, I found out they were here till one in the morning last night working on the car!"

After an impressive start by Law, the #8 G & W BMW Picchio, sponsored by The Valley Group and USI Insurance, ran in a competitive third place for several laps, and matched pace with the leader.

Said Law about the opening laps, "In the previous days practice we were quite a bit quicker than in qualifying, and I think we narrowed the gap to about a second a lap or so. I was confident about the car as the race started, and sure enough, it was easy to hang in there with Terry (Borchellor) and David (Donahue). The car was handling really well, and the top end of the BMW motor was just as strong as I expected. I guess about 12 or 15 laps in I started to feel the fuel pump cutting out again. I just started throwing switches, but it was pretty much done, and I had to bring the car in."

Although the weekend did not go quite as Darren or G & W had planned, Law was characteristically determined to fix the problem, and was optimistic about the next race to be held in Watkins Glen the weekend of June 21st.

"We have a couple weeks before the Glenn, and I'm sure the guys will figure out a fix for the fuel pump electrical problem. We'll be ready for Watkins, and I'm really looking forward to going there."

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May 21, 2003 (Phoenix, Arizona)

DARREN LAW AND G & W MOTORSPORTS EXPERIENCE UPS AND DOWNS AT BARBER 250

Darren Law was a busy driver this past weekend as he competed in two different classes in the Barber 250 at the Park at the new and immaculately prepared Barber Motorsports Park facility in Birmingham, Alabama.

Grand Am Cup

The first race on Darren's slate for the weekend was the Grand Am Cup endurance event which saw him in the cockpit of the G & W prepared GT3 Cup Porsche in the GS I class. Law's teammate for the event was Chris Dyson, and the pair showed competitive form throughout the weekend.

Dyson's stint in the car ended at roughly the halfway point of the race, and as Law took over the seat, the G crew vaulted the car from fourth to first with some very quick pit work.

Darren had this to say about the first half of the race, "Chris (Dyson) did a terrific job, especially considering this race was his first time in the car, and I really can't thank the G & W guys enough for the quick pit stop. It really put us in a good position."

Law spent the next hour in a great battle for the lead of the race with JF Dumoulin in another Porsche. The two exchanged the lead several times until Law was finally able to pull out a comfortable five-second margin.

"The race for the lead with JF was great. We gave each other room and raced side by side through several corners. I was glad to finally be able to get some breathing room toward the end," said Law about the battle.

Despite being in the lead, a fuel pickup problem surfaced on Law's car with only three laps remaining, and the team had to settle for sixth as Law was forced to stop for a "splash and go."

Rolex Daytona Prototype

The Rolex Sportscar series event was next on Law's schedule, as he drove The Valley Group/USI Insurance G & W prepared Picchio/BMW in the Daytona Prototype class. The team chased handling problems on the car most of the weekend, and contact with a GT3 car early on in the event broke the steering rack and ended Law's day.

"We're still working on figuring out just what these cars like," said Law. "The car was loose through a lot of the high speed transitions, and even though we tried several spring shock and bar changes, we just couldn't get the back end nailed down. We're planning to do some more testing, and see what we can't find."

The next race on the schedule will be the Grand American 400 at California Speedway in Fontana, California on the weekend of June 6-8.

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MAY 4, 2003 (Phoenix, Arizona)

DARREN LAW FINISHES THIRD IN HARD FOUGHT PHOENIX ENDURANCE EVENT


After a terrific display of racecraft and traffic management which saw him lead the race early on, Darren Law finished third in the Daytona Prototype class, and seventh overall in the AJ Fine Foods 250 Grand Am Rolex Sports Car endurance race at Phoenix International Raceway. Law’s stint in The Valley Group/USI Insurance BMW powered Picchio, prepared by G&W Motorsports, gave the fans a fantastic show, and the Phoenix resident was happy to oblige them.

Darren had this to say about the start, “The first few laps were pretty dicey, I had a great battle with Borcheller and Donahue. It reminded me of my touring car days with the bumping for position, and I was glad to get out front early.

After leading several laps Law reduced the pace to conserve the vehicle. The car started going loose after running it hard in the opening laps, and I had to nurse it along for awhile, he said following the mid race pit stop for tires and fuel, as well as a driver change.

The third place finish, which took place on a windy but warm Phoenix night, further solidifies Law’s second place in the driver standings in the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car series, and gives the team momentum leading into the next race at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, to be held the weekend of May 16.

Law was happy about the Phoenix weekend, and is looking forward. Said Law, “All things considered, third was a solid finish. I am a little disappointed because we really had the race won. Unfortunately we had a problem with the headlights which forced the extra pitstop and put us behind. But I really want to credit the G&W crew for their quick thinking and getting us back out there. We learned a lot about the Picchio again this weekend, and I’m confident we can carry this momentum to the next race.

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