Road Atlanta: Orbit Racing preview

Orbit Racing will carry extra energy to the track this week, after scoring a second-place GT finish in the 24 Heures du Mans in France on June 15. Leo Hindery of New York and Peter Baron of Deerfield Beach, Fla., will return to the No. 43 YES ...

Orbit Racing will carry extra energy to the track this week, after scoring a second-place GT finish in the 24 Heures du Mans in France on June 15. Leo Hindery of New York and Peter Baron of Deerfield Beach, Fla., will return to the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RS for the June 29 American Le Mans Series race at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. Their Le Mans co-driver, Marc Lieb of Germany, will be in England for an FIA GT Championship race.

"Success like we had in Le Mans elates you forever and it certainly convinces you that you can do well again," Hindery said. "Our confidence doesn't really increase since we were always confident that we could do well. But it sure gives you a taste of success which will never leave your mouth."

Sprint set

Joe and Jay Policastro weren't idle while their teammates were in France. The Latrobe, Pa., pair spent five days testing the No. 42 Classic Industries Porsche on the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta road course. They focused on driver development and car setup for the next seven ALMS races, which will be sprints of three hours or less.

"It was good from both a [driver] seat perspective and from a car setup perspective," Jay Policastro said. "We had a great deal of time on track with very little traffic - there was enough to keep us on our toes, but not enough to keep us from turning some flat-out laps. We were able to find out how far the car will go fuel-wise and we also ran full stints under race conditions. We're prepared to go at it now, rather than sitting around waiting for the race to come to us."

Short stop

The Orbit Racing team hasn't had time to celebrate its Le Mans success. The crew returned to North America and went straight to work preparing for the Road Atlanta race.

"The main thing is getting the crew rested and adjusted to the time change again," team owner Rodger Hawley explained. "Luckily, we ran a different car in France. We already have a second car ready to go and we have two complete sets of pit equipment - one we left in France and one we keep in the States.

"Mechanically, you go through the same rhythm every race," he noted. "But once you've gone through the Daytona 24 hours, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Le Mans 24 hours - where the mindset is long, late and hard - these short races are over before they've started. The weekends will go incredibly fast now."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Leo Hindery , Peter Baron , Marc Lieb , Jay Policastro