Mosport: Orbit Racing qualifying report

third quick Orbit Racing will start Sunday's American Le Mans Series race from third on the GT grid. Marc Lieb qualified the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RS in one minute 20.053 seconds on the 2.459-mile Mosport International Raceway road...

third quick

Orbit Racing will start Sunday's American Le Mans Series race from third on the GT grid. Marc Lieb qualified the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RS in one minute 20.053 seconds on the 2.459-mile Mosport International Raceway road course. His lap time was 0.612 seconds off the class pole position time of 1:19.441.

"Qualifying was good," Lieb said. "I'm happy with third place; just the gap between the [pole position] Alex Job cars and us is a bit too big for me. There was definitely more time in the car, but I had bad luck in traffic in qualifying - I don't know what some drivers are doing out there, it's crazy! A quick view in the mirror would help. But the car was running very, very well and I'm optimistic for the race."

strategy switch

Peter Baron will drive the first stint in the No. 43 Porsche on Sunday, followed by Lieb, a change of pace for the pair.

"We're changing all sorts of things and trying to get rid of all our bad luck," Baron explained. "Now we're going to start Marc in the car first and try to pressure the Job cars as much as we can and pull out a gap to everyone else. Marc's much more aggressive in traffic and will work better at the start of the race. Hopefully, I'll get in the race with a good pace going, a position established and a good rhythm - and bring it home first."

fast waiters

A fan attending the American Le Mans Series qualifying day at Road America next week will have a chance to win a candlelight dinner served by Orbit Racing drivers. The dinner is a prize in the team's Victory Laps program, which supports the Victory Junction Gang Camp for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses, founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in memory of their son, Adam. Fans can donate $5 for a chance to test their skill on the Victory Laps slot-car track in the Orbit Racing paddock, with the fastest Saturday time winning the dinner. The Victory Laps program is supported by Scalextric USA, Michelin, Porsche Cars North America.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Peter Baron , Marc Lieb , Alex Job