Birmingham: Orbit Racing preview

Orbit to Barber Orbit Racing will be among the first teams to race at the new Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. The Florida team has entered two cars in the Rolex Sports Car Series race scheduled for May 18 on the 2.3-mile road ...

Orbit to Barber

Orbit Racing will be among the first teams to race at the new Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. The Florida team has entered two cars in the Rolex Sports Car Series race scheduled for May 18 on the 2.3-mile road course.

The father-son duo of Joe and Jay Policastro of Latrobe, Pa., will drive the No. 44 Classic Industries Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The Orbit regulars will be joined by Birmingham locals Grady Wellingham and John Lewis, who will drive the No. 43 YES Network Porsche.

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"It's a brand-new course," Joe Policastro noted. "I've heard a lot about it, now I want to see what it's like! It sounds like an exciting track, very driver-friendly. It's an opportunity to hone our skills a bit more and get some seat time.

"It also gives us time to develop the car and continue making improvements to achieve our goals for the year - to get better and try to work up to some podium finishes. The track is 45 feet wide and most tracks aren't that wide, so it gives us a chance to work with the car more, to make sure we're going in the right direction."

Jay Policastro sees the four-day race weekend as prime setup time. Since Orbit Racing is not competing in the whole Rolex Series this year, the team can focus on race performance without worrying about championship points.

"We're still developing a new '03 car, so this is a good chance to run with other competitors and set a benchmark," he said. "It's a good opportunity for us to develop the car and get to know the team better without the pressure of points.

"The track looks fantastic! I've only heard accolades about it. The layout looks great - it should be a good momentum track as opposed to a high-speed track, which will help us to work on our driver skills."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jay Policastro , John Lewis