Orbit Racing had mixed fortunes during the American Le Mans Series race weekend at Road America. Marc Lieb and Peter Baron led the GT class in the first two track sessions and Lieb qualified third in class in the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RS, but the pair retired after 90 minutes of the two-hour 45-minute race. Leo Hindery, Jay Policastro and Joe Policastro turned in a strong performance in the No. 42 Classic Industries Porsche, with personal best times in practice and qualifying, plus an 11th-place GT finish.
Baron started the No. 43 Porsche from third on the GT grid. He pitted after 67 minutes, just before the first caution period. Lieb took over, lost a lap behind the safety car, then pitted for repairs to his passenger-side door when the locking device broke. He regained third position at 1h30, but was sidelined a minute later with a broken left-rear suspension.
Joe Policastro started the No. 42 Porsche from 13th in class and drove the first 50 minutes. Leo Hindery drove the second stint and Jay Policastro took the final hour. The trio stayed in the top-15 throughout the race and finished 11th.
Baron and Hindery will team in the No. 43 Porsche for the next race, at Laguna Seca Raceway on Sept. 7. Lieb will return for the ALMS race in Miami on Sept. 28. Jay and Joe Policastro will race the No. 42 Porsche for the rest of the season.
"We had a strong car going into the race but it just didn't work out. We've had so much bad luck all year - even when we got on the podium last week, we still had bad luck and we just had more bad luck this time. We just can't shake this monkey. But hopefully we'll get it turned around and when Marc comes back, we'll have a good one in Miami."
"The problems started right at the beginning of the race. Peter did a great job because the car was terrible to drive. Then I had to stop the car because of the suspension problem. I really enjoyed the three weekends with Orbit. It was good fun and we had one podium finish. I'm really looking forward to the Miami race - we're going to kick ass there."
"It was a privilege to race with the Policastros and I'm grateful to Joe and Jay. We had an 11th-place finish on th 42 car, but the disappointment is with the 43 car that had some suspension problems. It looked like it could have won today. But on to Laguna Seca, which we always enjoy. It's always great to go back to California."
"The credit really goes to the first two guys who drove; they gave me the inspiration to keep going at the end - it was a little warm! Joe and Leo did a great job; it was a pleasure to have Leo in the car this weekend. The Orbit crew guys did great pitstops, as always. The car was beautifully prepared. They had the fuel calculated perfectly - it started spitting on the cool-down lap in turn one."
"It's a bit of surprise to finish as well as we did because of the great competition out there. We never put a wheel off, the car ran perfectly, the crew did an outstanding job. Rodger [Hawley, team owner] and the boys really deserve a lot of credit for this. We had a little misfortune with the other car, but we got one to finish. We're looking forward to California."