Daytona 24: Orbit Racing final practice notes

Thoughts on going into the race tomorrow: Leo Hindery "The weather and conditions couldn't be better. The car is in great shape; you're always a little nervous going into the testing and qualifying sessions making sure the car is in good shape...

Thoughts on going into the race tomorrow:

Leo Hindery

"The weather and conditions couldn't be better. The car is in great shape; you're always a little nervous going into the testing and qualifying sessions making sure the car is in good shape because cars can get hurt, but so far it's been great. Everyone is running personal bests here and we're enormously grateful to the team for putting this thing together. If the weather holds and we hold together, we're optimistic."

Kyle Petty

"The car has been good ever since we tested out here. Marc, Peter and Leo have carried a lot on their shoulders. I just go out there and find a pace and run it all day long. If you need to go faster, they tell me to go faster, if I need to go slower, they'll tell me. I'm just doing what I'm told. That's my motto this weekend!"

Marc Lieb

"Suddenly today we had a little bit of trouble with the rear axle and the temperature on the rear tires. The crew worked on that at end of session and I think we found a solution for the race and it should be fine. I thought the track conditions today were a bit better than yesterday. There was less dirt in the chicane and the horseshoe and the track felt better. I figured out what my race pace will be and feel ready to go."

Peter Baron

"We have a great car here, we did a bunch of work yesterday on tire testing to make sure we have a good set of tires throughout the entire stint. Marc spent most of the time yesterday setting up the car and qualifying. This was my first session hopping in the car in daylight. We spent some time doing some minor tweaking to work on better tire temperatures on the right rear. Other than that the car is fantastic. We're going to do a bunch of consistent driving and not try to win right out at the start. We'll stick with our plan and see where we are. We have a great crew putting everything together. We've been here a bunch and rarely had any problems, now it's just 24 hours to go and we'll see what happens."

What exactly goes into running the Orbit Racing cars at Daytona?
Number of pit stops scheduled - 20
Number of tires for testing, qualifying and race
Testing in Jan. - 10 sets
Testing pre-race - 4 sets
Qualifying - 1 set
24-hour race - 20 sets
Retail price of each set - $2,000
Number of wheels - 32 wheels in rotation - more wheels in reserve
Retail cost of engine rebuild - $25,000
Transition rebuild - $15,000
Drive shafts - $15,000
Brakes rotors and pads - $2,000
Cost of body panels and windshield
Carbon bodywork - $15,000
Windshield (heated) - $2,000
Fuel consumption
700 gallons at $5 per gallon

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kyle Petty , Leo Hindery , Peter Baron , Marc Lieb