Sebring: Orbit Racing Friday report

ready to race Orbit Racing is ready for the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, with one short practice remaining Friday evening. The drivers say the team's two Porsche 911 GT3 RS race cars are primed for the 12-hour endurance classic. Leo Hindery,...

ready to race

Orbit Racing is ready for the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, with one short practice remaining Friday evening. The drivers say the team's two Porsche 911 GT3 RS race cars are primed for the 12-hour endurance classic. Leo Hindery, Peter Baron and Marc Lieb will drive the No. 43 YES Network Porsche, and Mike Fitzgerald, Jay Policastro and Joe Policastro will team in the No. 42 Classic Industries Porsche.

"I've raced cars for a long time, and this is simply the best race car I've ever been in," Hindery said. "[Team technical director] Tim Munday and Marc and Peter have got it set up just unbelievably well. You can put power down early, it's very stable in high-speed turns and it has a lot of grip in the lower-speed turns. I'm disappointed we're starting in the back because of a ride-height disallowance, but I think we'll do well."

Joe Policastro is confident of his car, too. "The crew has done an outstanding job," he said. "I think the biggest adjustment I need to make is between the seat and the steering wheel, and each time I'm out I'm getting better at that. I'm looking at the data and trying to improve my line so I can pick up my times. But we're ready to go."

tech update

Orbit Racing's technical director Tim Munday confirmed the No. 43 YES Network car will start at the back of the grid for the 12 Hours of Sebring, but he updated the reason for disallowance of the car's qualifying time.

"It turns out the car's ride height was the issue [sanctioning body] IMSA keyed on," he said. "We took our measurements with our tires hot, but by the time we went through technical inspection, we had lost about four pounds of pressure on all the tires and it lowered the car to a millimeter off the specified height. It's disappointing, but those are the rules and we always abide by them."

more turns

Three Orbit Racing drivers have added duties this weekend. Peter Baron is driving Mika Hakkinen's 1993 Porsche Carrera Cup car in the SVRA historic race. Mike Fitzgerald is competing in two World Challenge races, as well as the 12 Hours of Sebring. Marc Lieb has perhaps the toughest job, representing Orbit Racing in a volleyball game between American Le Mans Series drivers and the Hawaiian Tropic group.

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