Orbit Racing to field Porsche in 2004 Rolex Series
International driver lineup set for Rolex 24 at Daytona
JUPITER, Fla. (December 29, 2003) -- Orbit Racing will compete in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series in 2004, fielding the No. 44 Classic Industries Porsche GT3 RS for Joe and Jay Policastro of Latrobe, Pa. The father-son pair drove three successful races in the Rolex Series GT class in 2003, finishing ninth in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, third at Barber Motorsports Park and fourth in the Grand American Champions Weekend at Daytona International Speedway.
"We are very excited to be part of the 2004 Grand American season," Jay Policastro noted. "My dad and I feel confident in the series, team, Porsche equipment and our ability that will enable us to be competitive for the entire race season."
Joe and Jay Policastro will anchor a strong driver lineup for the first race of the season, the Rolex 24 At Daytona, set for Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, on Daytona International Speedway's 3.56-mile road course. The father and son will team with Mike Fitzgerald of Fountain Hills, Ariz., Robin Liddell of Scotland and Johnny Mowlem of England for the 24-hour endurance race.
Fitzgerald finished second overall in the 2001 Rolex 24 At Daytona. He drove with the Policastros in the 2003 Rolex 24 and the 12 Hours of Sebring, where they posted top-10 GT finishes. Liddell is a Daytona rookie, but an accomplished racer, with the 2001 European LeMans Series GT driver title in hand. Mowlem's resume includes second overall in the 2003 Rolex 24, second in GT at Daytona in 1999 and a GT second in the 2000 24 Heures du LeMans.
"We're looking forward to the test and the 24-hour race," said Joe Policastro, who will be on hand for Grand American's pre-season testing at Daytona International Speedway, Jan. 3-5. "We have a great driver lineup - Mike Fitzgerald is returning to drive with us again this year, and we are delighted to have Robin and Johnny joining us; they bring along a great track record. Some of the problems we had have been eliminated, so we hope to do much better this time."
Tickets are currently on sale for the Rolex 24 At Daytona and can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 386-253-RACE.
Additional information on the Rolex Sports Car Series and Rolex 24 At Daytona is available online at www.grandamerican.com.