Miami: Orbit Racing race report

survivor! Orbit Racing was both victim and survivor of the American Le Mans Series race on the streets of Miami. Joe and Jay Policastro survived the attrition-filled race on the 1.22-mile temporary circuit to finish 10th in the GT class. Their...

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Orbit Racing was both victim and survivor of the American Le Mans Series race on the streets of Miami. Joe and Jay Policastro survived the attrition-filled race on the 1.22-mile temporary circuit to finish 10th in the GT class. Their teammates Peter Baron and Marc Lieb weren't as lucky, with an early retirement forced by contact with another GT car.

Jay Policastro started the No. 42 Classic Industries Porsche 911 GT3 RS from 15th on the GT grid. He moved up two positions during his first 20-minute stint. Joe Policastro drove for the next 65 minutes of the two-hour 45-minute race, holding 13th. Jay Policastro returned for the final 1h20 and gained three more positions to finish 10th in class.

Lieb started the No. 43 YES Network Porsche fourth in class and immediately moved up to third. He was closing on the class leaders, but was hit by another Porsche 40 minutes into the race. The impact broke the car's suspension, sending it into the tire wall.

Peter Baron

"It's a shame. We had a great weekend going and it was ruined through no fault of our own. Another team's driver couldn't be here, so they hired a fill-in driver, someone who's not used to running in the series. On a street race like this, you really need to be familiar and know what you're doing. I hope the series will look at this and try to learn from it."

Marc Lieb

"I was running behind the Saleen and catching up to the Alex Job guys. I was lapping the 61 car, the PK Sport Porsche. I was driving to the inside, he turned in and broke my steering and that was it. I'm very disappointed. All weekend, the car was fantastic - the crew did an awesome job again. It's so bad because it was really one of our best weekends this year."

Jay Policastro

"We finished! That was the goal for the day. Traffic was pretty good; the big cars gave us lots of room. Down to the end of the race, you could really tell there was attrition. I ran five, six laps without seeing anybody. That was a welcome surprise. I think Joe and I both did a great job; we get to go home in one piece. It will feel good to get back to Road Atlanta."

Joe Policastro

"We finished, and I thought it would be an accomplishment just finishing. The team did an outstanding job - we had some minor mishaps and they got us right back in the race again. It was just one of those races; it was a test for everybody and they all came through at the right time. That's what teamwork is all about."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Peter Baron , Marc Lieb , Joseph Policastro Jr. , Alex Job