Daytona 24: Orbit Racing race notes

Orbit Racing Porsches finish strong at Rolex 24 at Daytona. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Feb. 3, 2003 - Orbit Racing was the only multiple-car Porsche team to finish at the 41st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The No. 43 and 44 Orbit Racing GT3 RS...

Orbit Racing Porsches finish strong at Rolex 24 at Daytona.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Feb. 3, 2003 - Orbit Racing was the only multiple-car Porsche team to finish at the 41st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The No. 43 and 44 Orbit Racing GT3 RS Porsches finished fourth and ninth in class, respectively. Both cars faced many challenges throughout the 24-hour race and the crew met each challenge head on, but came up just short of a podium finish. Both No. 43 and 44 finished in the top 10 in class after coming back from as low as 14th in class during the 24-hour period.

No.43 was piloted by Peter Baron of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Leo Hindery of New York City, Porsche factory driver Marc Lieb of Rüdesheim, Germany and NASCAR favorite Kyle Petty of Trinity, N.C. No. 44 was driven by the father son team of Joe and Jay Policastro both of Latrobe, Pa., Mike Fitzgerald of Fountain Hills, Ariz. and Manuel Matos of Puerto Rico.

"I’m happy that we finished in the top ten, though I was hoping that my last Daytona 24-hour race would be on the podium. I can’t say enough about how the crew really came together, the car was well prepared and Marc, Peter and Kyle are great guys to drive with. That radiator change at the end really did us in. I feel grateful to have had five great years racing at Daytona," Hindery said.

"I’m a bit disappointed, but it was a good first experience at Daytona. The team and crew were great and the car handled well. We just ran into some mechanical problems that set us back," Lieb said of his experience at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

As well as a successful sports car race team, Orbit Racing also serves as a race prep and parts store, distributor of high performance Porsche parts and an engine and chassis building and tuning facility. The impressive Orbit Racing shop consists of two warehouses of race workshops and laboratories located in Jupiter, Fla.

Orbit Racing is happy to welcome the YES Network and Classic Industries as its primary sponsors. Classic Industries, Inc. is a full-service contract manufacturer of medical devices based in Latrobe, Pa. The company also has manufacturing facilities in Southwestern Pa., El Paso, Texas and Ponce, Puerto Rico. Each facility provides a reliable supply of components and devices to the company’s medical partners. The experienced engineering staff provides customers with new product design, development and project management. The privately held company has been in business since 1972.

The YES Network launched in March of 2002 as a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week premier sports and entertainment television network featuring the 26-time world champion New York Yankees Major League Baseball team. The YES Network is available to viewers in New York, Connecticut and parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In addition to 130 Yankees games, it broadcasts other professional and collegiate sports teams as well as classic sports footage. The schedule also includes original biography, interview and magazine programs.

To learn more about Orbit Racing, visit www.orbitracing.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kyle Petty , Leo Hindery , Peter Baron , Marc Lieb , Joseph Policastro Jr. , Manuel Matos