Daytona Test: Orbit Racing final notes

ready to race Orbit Racing wrapped a successful three-day test for the Rolex 24 at Daytona with the second-quickest GT time of the final session. The team was fastest in the GT class in five of the seven test sessions. Mike Fitzgerald...

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Orbit Racing wrapped a successful three-day test for the Rolex 24 at Daytona with the second-quickest GT time of the final session. The team was fastest in the GT class in five of the seven test sessions.

Mike Fitzgerald recorded the team's best lap time on Monday afternoon - one minute 56.746 seconds on the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course. He is returning to drive the No. 44 Classic Industries Porsche 911 GT3 RS with Joe and Jay Policastro. They will be joined by Robin Liddell and Johnny Mowlem for this year's Rolex 24.

Joe Policastro was elated with the team's test performance.

"The test went really, really great!" he said. "I think we've got the best team possible and the best crew possible and our results show that. These are the best results we've ever had and the car is running beautifully. The crew still wants to do some other things with the car, but I think it's just perfect and race-ready. We're ready to go for the 24 hours - we're all excited now, the adrenaline is high and we just can't wait until the end of the month."

Fitzgerald noted this year's test performance was similar to 2001, when he won the GT class and finished second overall in the 24-hour endurance classic.

"I came here really excited because I knew what a great car Rodger [team owner Hawley] and the Orbit guys prepared," Fitzgerald said. "I was looking forward to driving with the Policastros again and I knew we'd added two really strong guys to the driver lineup, so I had the same feeling I had going into the 2001 race when I had a really good team and driver lineup with me and we did really well. We had a really productive test and we made a lot of progress on the car, so I think we're in good shape for the race."

Practice for the 2004 Rolex 24 at Daytona starts on Jan. 29, with the race slated for Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Robin Liddell , Johnny Mowlem , Joseph Policastro Jr.