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Victory Laps Orbit Racing will introduce its Victory Laps for Victory Junction program on July 26, during the American Le Mans Series race weekend at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. The program was designed to help create awareness of the ...

Victory Laps

Orbit Racing will introduce its Victory Laps for Victory Junction program on July 26, during the American Le Mans Series race weekend at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. The program was designed to help create awareness of the Victory Junction Gang Camp, a summer camp for children who have chronic or life-threatening illnesses, founded by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie in memory of their son, Adam. Orbit Racing driver Leo Hindery is a co-founder of the camp. Peter Baron, who drives the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RS with Hindery, initiated the Victory Laps program.

In cooperation with Scalextric USA, Michelin and Porsche Cars North America, Orbit Racing will present a slot-car competition at each ALMS race location. With a $5 donation, fans will have the opportunity to race on the Victory Laps slot-car track in the Orbit paddock. Prizes for the season include Scalextric tracks and cars, Michelin Man bobblehead dolls, a chance to ride a Michelin Segway Human Transporter, use of a Porsche for a week and a candlelight dinner at the track, prepared and served by Orbit Racing drivers and Marion's Catering.

"Words can't express how grateful Pattie and I are to Orbit Racing for all they are doing to help Victory Junction," Kyle Petty said. "With Leo Hindery as a co-founder, I knew I could always count on his support. But for the whole team to get behind it and then to come up with these great ways to get the fans involved, that's incredible. It speaks volumes about their values in life. I hope they get a huge turnout from the fans, because I know that anyone who donates even one dollar will be proud of what they helped to build."

Local lore

Leo Hindery has deep roots in northern California. During his 20 years in San Francisco, he became a leading force in the development of cable sports television. He was involved in the strategy and launch of SPEED Channel and founded the Yankees Entertainment and Sports (YES) Network, which features the New York Yankees and the New Jersey Nets.

He returns to California as a race-car driver. "A large part of my heart will always be in the beautiful Bay Area, where I have many roots and friends," he said. "It is nice to come home, so to speak, and to do so racing at Infineon Raceway in the ALMS is a particular pleasure."

Fresh view

Joe and Jay Policastro, who drive the No. 42 Classic Industries Porsche, are rookies on the 2.53-mile Infineon Raceway road course. But Joe says it could work to their advantage.

"It's going to be a bit of a learning experience for us," he acknowledged. "But sometimes it's an advantage if you're not relying on past experience; you can look at it as a fresh idea. It's not a high-speed track, it's a driver's track. It's exciting because it brings it down to the point where you don't have to have the fastest car, you have to have the best-prepared car."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Kyle Petty , Leo Hindery , Peter Baron , Jay Policastro