Sears Point: Orbit Racing race report

Orbit Racing moved from the back to the front of the GT field during the American Le Mans Series race at Infineon (Sears Point) Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., then settled in the middle. Leo Hindery and Peter Baron finished seventh in the No. 43 YES...

Orbit Racing moved from the back to the front of the GT field during the American Le Mans Series race at Infineon (Sears Point) Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., then settled in the middle. Leo Hindery and Peter Baron finished seventh in the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Joe and Jay Policastro were ninth in the No. 42 Classic Industries Porsche. The 2.53-mile road course offered a strong challenge to the international field.

Baron started the No. 43 car 17th on the 18-car GT grid and moved up 15 positions to second during his first 90-minute stint. He dropped back to fifth before handing off to Leo Hindery, who held sixth position. Baron drove the final stint and finished seventh, after a hit from a prototype car tore the passenger door off the car.

Jay Policastro started the No. 42 car 12th in class. His father Joe drove the second stint and Jay returned for the final run. The pair kept the car in the top 10 throughout the two-hour 45-minute race, despite losing track position when they pitted one lap before a full-course caution. They finished ninth.

Peter Baron "The race was an absolute blast, one of the best times I've had in the car in a long time. Moving up from where we started to second was just a complete riot driving. The yellows [caution periods] worked our way and everything went well other than a minor incident when an Audi decided to collect me, but that's racing. This track is a giant accident waiting to happen, with all the cars and walls and no straightaways. To come out of this with a seventh and a car that will be rolling into Trois-Rivières, we're happy with that."

Leo Hindery "It was a pretty good day. We started second-last out of 18 and finished seventh, with a door knocked off. We could have been top-five, but I don't think we could have been better than top-five today. It was a perfect day weather-wise, the car was really spectacular and the Michelin tires were just unbelievable today. We look forward to [the next race in Trois-Rivières,] Canada."

Jay Policastro "We finished ninth in class, which is great; we were shooting for a top-10. Our car held together and as usual the Orbit crew did a fantastic job. My dad had some great laps in the middle session which gave me a chance to settle down and run a good pace. A lot of credit goes to him for keeping us in the game."

Joe Policastro "Jay did an outstanding job in the beginning and I tried to hold it in the middle. I got a little better on the lines, being our first time here at the track. After I got the lines down, I was able to start knocking some time off. We came in one lap too early - we pitted and the yellow came out the next and we lost about a lap and half. The car ran super, the team did an outstanding job and it was a great weekend for being here the first time."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Leo Hindery , Peter Baron , Jay Policastro