Homestead: Orbit Racing Thursday practice report

smooth start Orbit Racing had a quick start to the Rolex Sports Car Series race weekend in Homestead, Fla., posting the third-fastest GT time on Thursday. Jay Policastro covered the 2.3-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway road course in one minute ...

smooth start

Orbit Racing had a quick start to the Rolex Sports Car Series race weekend in Homestead, Fla., posting the third-fastest GT time on Thursday. Jay Policastro covered the 2.3-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway road course in one minute 21.770 seconds in the No. 44 Classic Industries Porsche 911 GT3 RS. He had high praise for the track's new banking.

"The new configuration of the track is great," he said. "They say it's progressive banking, but I can't tell the difference, running on the bottom or the top. I tried to run in the middle when the fast guys were coming, but they weren't much faster than we were through there. So the last couple of laps, I just hung out up top and it was great."

Florida fitness

Joe Policastro has found a pleasant way to acclimate to the Florida heat and humidity that are part of early season racing - he and his wife Pam spend the winter months in their Palm Beach home. Workouts are part of his daily routine.

"Training in the heat and humidity helps me to deal with the Florida heat," he explained. "Hydration is a very important part of conditioning. I also try to drop a few pounds to help my training and I adjust my nutrition requirements."

tech talk

The Classic Industries Porsche is sporting new wheels this weekend, produced by the team's sponsor Champion Motorsport, based in Pompano, Fla.

"This weekend, we're trying new one-piece, lightweight racing wheels," team owner Rodger Hawley reported. "They're made of magnesium, so they're stiffer and lighter. That means we can accelerate faster because there is less rotational weight."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Joseph Policastro Jr.