Daytona II: Orbit Racing race report

top-five Orbit Racing just missed a spot on the GT podium for the Rolex Sports Car Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Joe and Jay Policastro combined with Mike Fitzgerald for a fifth-place finish in the No. 44 Classic Industries ...

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Orbit Racing just missed a spot on the GT podium for the Rolex Sports Car Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Joe and Jay Policastro combined with Mike Fitzgerald for a fifth-place finish in the No. 44 Classic Industries Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Their podium hopes disappeared as caution periods wreaked havoc with the team's strategy.

Fitzgerald started second on the GT grid, after qualifying in one minute 55.659 seconds on the 3.56-mile infield road course. He immediately took the class lead and held it for most of his stint. He dropped back to second before handing off to Joe Policastro after 49 minutes of the two-hour 45-minute race. Joe Policastro lost a position before his son Jay took the wheel at 1h38. He held third, but was passed on a late-race restart and had to settle for fifth.

Mike Fitzgerald

"The whole Orbit team did a great job, but we had a little bad luck at the end in a five-lap shootout. But it was a good effort. There were no mistakes, everybody drove real well and the crew did a great job."

Jay Policastro

"We started off with a great race. I got in and two yellows came out. On the second yellow, the 66 and 67 cars pitted for new tires. The last restart killed us. I didn't get a good launch and, combined with the new tires, they just got me on the restart."

Joe Policastro

"It was a good hard race. We tried our best, but we got caught in a late caution that put us back a couple of spots. We just ran out of laps. But the crew did a flawless job, and it was one of the better races we drove."

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