Road Atlanta: Orbit Racing test notes

Back on track Orbit Racing is back on track, after a quick turn-around following the team's second-place GT finish in the 24 Heures du Mans. The team used Friday's test session to double-check car setup in preparation for Sunday's American Le...

Back on track

Orbit Racing is back on track, after a quick turn-around following the team's second-place GT finish in the 24 Heures du Mans. The team used Friday's test session to double-check car setup in preparation for Sunday's American Le Mans Series race on the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta road course in Braselton, Ga. Leo Hindery and Peter Baron were sixth-fastest in the GT class with a time of one minute 26.285 seconds, driving the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

"There's something calming about being back in a car - Le Mans was such an up, we were anxious to get back in the car," Hindery said. "It was hotter than heck today and the track was very dirty from the earlier sub-series so there was only one line and it was slippery. But we're doing well, the [lap] times are good. It's a sprint race - three hours and a lot of luck. At least 12 cars could win this out of the 17 [GT cars], so we'll try to be one of the 12."

Tough time

Joe and Jay Policastro struggled with an unknown gremlin in the No. 42 Classic Industries Porsche, reflected in their best lap time of 1:28.373.

"It was frustrating because we're having some problems with the bodywork," Joe Policastro said. "It's bouncing around and vibrating. We don't know if something is broken, or it might be mechanical. But we have a helluva crew trying to resolve it, so I'm sure we'll be in good shape for tomorrow's practice."

Beat the heat

The Orbit Racing crew tried different ways to deal with the 87-degree heat and high humidity at Road Atlanta. They removed both side windows to create airflow inside the race cars, but the drivers said the in-car venting system works better with the windows closed. So the windows will go back on for Saturday's practice and qualifying. The crew will also add mirror-tinted glass on the side and back windows to reduce heat inside the cars, and the drivers will use two different types of cooling systems inside their driver suits.

"We're going to put the windows back in because that will create the suction for the vents to work in the windows," crew chief Matt Bishop explained. "S.o the aerodynamic gain we'll get will also be cooler for the drivers. And the windows are tinted, too, so it's going to make a big difference."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Leo Hindery , Peter Baron , Joseph Policastro Jr.