Road America: Orbit Racing preview

full strength Orbit Racing will field two cars for the American Le Mans Series race at Road America on Aug. 24. Peter Baron of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and Marc Lieb of Niefern, Germany, will again team in the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3...

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Orbit Racing will field two cars for the American Le Mans Series race at Road America on Aug. 24. Peter Baron of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and Marc Lieb of Niefern, Germany, will again team in the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Joe and Jay Policastro of Latrobe, Pa., will return to the No. 42 Classic Industries Porsche after missing two races to work on a major project for their primary sponsor.

"We have raced at Road America many times over the past 10 years," Jay Policastro said. "The course is very exciting to drive. The carousel is very challenging - if your car is set up well, you can have a great day; if not, you are holding on. It is a blast! It has two nice long straights that let us use that Porsche Motorsport power."

But the track isn't the only attraction. "You can never talk about Road America without mentioning the great local food," he added. "These items are not usually on my diet, but I will make an exception this weekend."

fuel play

Baron and Lieb notched a GT podium finish at the last ALMS race, at Mosport International Raceway. They hope their second-place finish in the 24 Heures du Mans in June and the Mosport podium will provide the momentum for another strong finish at Road America. The 4.048-mile road course in Elkhart Lake, Wis., is Baron's home track.

"I've raced there more than anywhere else," he confirmed. "The track is great for racing, with long straightaways and enough room for the different classes to pass. Road America tends to use local yellows [caution flags] versus full-course yellows and that brings fuel mileage into play because this is the highest fuel-consumption race. You almost have to anticipate green-flag pitstops, so trying to play the fuel game becomes a lot more strategic."

paddock games

Orbit Racing will present its Victory Laps slot-car competition at Road America on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23 and 24. The program supports the Victory Junction Gang Camp for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses, founded by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie in memory of their son, Adam.

Fans who donate $5 to Victory Junction will compete on the Victory Laps track in the Orbit paddock. The Saturday winner will be treated to dinner at Marion's trackside hospitality, served by the Orbit Racing drivers. Sunday's fast racers will win a Scalextric slot-car set or a Michelin Man bobblehead doll.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Kyle Petty , Peter Baron , Joseph Policastro Jr.