Road Atlanta II: Orbit Racing preview

Petit finale Orbit Racing is ready for the Petit Le Mans, final race in the 2003 American Le Mans Series. Leo Hindery of New York and Peter Baron of Deerfield Beach, Fla., scored a fourth-place GT finish in the 1000-mile endurance race at Road...

Petit finale

Orbit Racing is ready for the Petit Le Mans, final race in the 2003 American Le Mans Series. Leo Hindery of New York and Peter Baron of Deerfield Beach, Fla., scored a fourth-place GT finish in the 1000-mile endurance race at Road Atlanta last year. They're hoping for another strong finish on Oct. 18, with Mike Rockenfeller of Neuwied, Germany, joining them in the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

"Other than Le Mans, no track fits Peter and me better than the wonderfully prepared Road Atlanta. It is always a privilege to race with the most capable course workers in our sport and in front of such knowledgeable fans," Hindery said. "We are thrilled to be introducing the exciting Mike Rockenfeller to the Petit Le Mans as our co-driver, and we're hoping to at least replicate last year's very strong performance."

Joe and Jay Policastro of Latrobe, Pa., will return in the No. 42 Classic Industries Porsche, together with Randy Pobst of Gainesville, Ga. The Policastros want to make up for their last race on the 2.54-mile Braselton, Ga., road course.

"The spring race was good, but we were taken out of contention when another car cut Joe off and we had to make an unscheduled stop for a tire replacement," Jay Policastro said. "We had two very successful tests at Road Atlanta in the spring; we feel we have a great setup for a long race. The Orbit crew always gives us a very consistent, well-prepared car that is suited for long-distance runs."

$5 Porsche

Fans who donate $5 to Orbit Racing's Victory Laps program will have a chance to win the use of a Porsche for a week, provided by Porsche Cars North America. The vehicle is the grand prize in the Victory Laps slot-car competition, which will be staged near the Michelin Performance Series display at the Petit Le Mans. Prizes also include a Scalextric slot-car set, a Michelin Man bobblehead doll and - a special bonus on Friday - dinner served by the Orbit Racing drivers.

Donations go to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, a summer camp for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses, founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in memory of their son, Adam. Orbit driver Leo Hindery is a co-founder of the camp.

track & field

Orbit Racing will move from track to field for the annual ALMS Radio Web soccer match on Oct 19. Peter Baron and Mike Rockenfeller will join the driver team, which has won the two previous matches. Jim Balkenloo and Jim Thompson will play on the crew team.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Randy Pobst , Leo Hindery , Peter Baron , Joseph Policastro Jr. , Mike Rockenfeller