Orbit edge Orbit Racing has a double edge heading to Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway for the Rolex Sports Car Series race on July 1. Orbit won the GT class and finished second overall in the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Feb. 1, after leading the...
Orbit Racing has a double edge heading to Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway for the Rolex Sports Car Series race on July 1. Orbit won the GT class and finished second overall in the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Feb. 1, after leading the class for almost the entire 24-hour race. The team is also carrying momentum from its podium finish in a six-hour Rolex Series race at Watkins Glen International on June 20.
The Paul Revere 250 race will run in its traditional late-night slot. Orbit Racing will field the No. 44 Classic Industries Porsche 911 GT3 RS for Joe and Jay Policastro of Latrobe, Pa., and Mike Fitzgerald of Fountain Hills, Ariz. Jay Policastro noted the difference between the season-opening 24-hour endurance race and this week's two-hour 45-minute sprint on the 3.56-mile Daytona infield road course.
"In a 24-hour event, consistency and a trouble-free race are what you need. In the sprint race, you need to be trouble-free but you also need raw speed. Every second of every lap and pit stop is crucial. That means every lap is all-out during your stint and you are not as cautious or courteous as you would be during a 24-hour race," he explained. "The 24-hour win will for sure give us confidence going into the event, however we need to be aware of some of the other teams that were fast but exited the 24-hour event early."
Mike Fitzgerald has class wins in both the Rolex 24 at Daytona (2001 and 2004) and in the Paul Revere race (2000). He expects this week's race pace will be slower than the Rolex 24 because of the hot Florida sun.
"The higher temperatures will be the biggest factor in producing slower lap times. Even during the 24-hour race, the times at night are always much quicker than those in the daytime due to the cooler temperatures. Cooler temperatures mean more engine power and more grip in the infield," he noted. "The Orbit car is always quick at Daytona and I think we've improved the car since the first race, so if we can come close to matching our speed in February, we should be in good shape. We're back on a roll after a good performance at Watkins Glen, so I'm looking forward to returning to Daytona."
Joe and Jay Policastro will visit Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, Fla. on July 1, prior to the Rolex Series race. The camp provides both summer fun and full medical support for children who have chronic or life-threatening illnesses.