Sebring: Orbit Racing to debut at 12-hour race

Orbit Racing Targets American Le Mans Series Porsche GT team looks to make its mark in the ALMS as it sets its sights on the 50th Sebring JUPITER, Fla. - After two successful seasons of racing, Orbit Racing is bringing its proven track record of...

Orbit Racing Targets American Le Mans Series Porsche GT team looks to make its mark in the ALMS as it sets its sights on the 50th Sebring

JUPITER, Fla. - After two successful seasons of racing, Orbit Racing is bringing its proven track record of speed and reliability to the American Le Mans Series with a two-car effort in 2002. Combining a strong driver line-up, new corporate partners and increased technical support from Dynamic and Porsche, Orbit Racing has what it takes to win.

Orbit Racing will campaign two of the venerable Porsche 911GT3 RS racecars in all 10 rounds of the American Le Mans Series as they compete for the GT Championship. The cars will run on Michelin tires, the most successful tire manufacturer in the ALMS.

The #43 team car will be driven by Leo Hindery of Hillsborough, Calif., Peter Baron of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Mike Borkowski of Scotsdale, Ariz. The #44 Porsche will be co-driven by Gary Schultheis of Boca Raton, Fla., and Tony Kester of Michigan City, Ind.

New corporate partners have aligned themselves with Orbit Racing as it enters the ALMS, including the YES Network and CigarCigar.com. Additional sponsorship comes from Bank von Ernst (www.bank-von-ernst.ch) and Braman Motorcars (www.bramanmotorcars.com). Orbit Racing is also benefiting from their new partnership with Multimatic/Dynamic.

"We're glad to have these tremendous sponsors on board this season," stated team owner Rodger Hawley. "With the well-attended race markets the ALMS brings to our corporate partners, plus the benefits of having four races covered live on network television, all of our corporate partners are very excited about participating this year."

Orbit Racing will be under the guidance or Ray Sorenson, who was recently named team manager. With over 15 years of racing experience, Sorenson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Orbit Racing. His experience includes work with top teams in IMSA, CART and IRL.

With Orbit Racing's first full season in the ALMS being kicked off at the grueling 50th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Dodge, Hawley is looking forward to the classic event. At Sebring, reliability and driver skill are huge factors.

"Running well at Sebring will be crucial to us," Hawley said. "Given the level of competition in the ALMS and how demanding the Sebring 12-hour race is, our experience gained at this event last year will be extremely beneficial. Based on the performances of our drivers at previous endurance events, I think we will be tough to beat at Sebring and throughout the season in ALMS."

Orbit Racing will launch its inaugural season in the American Le Mans Series at The 50th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Dodge on March 16. The race starts at 10:30 am (EST) and will be telecast live with flag-to-flag coverage on the Speed Channel.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Leo Hindery , Peter Baron , Tony Kester , Mike Borkowski