Mont-Tremblant: Orbit Racing Friday report

disciplines of speed Orbit Racing posted the fifth-fastest GT time during practice for the May 23 Rolex Sports Car Series race at le Circuit Mont-Tremblant. Mike Fitzgerald lapped the 2.65-mile road course in one minute 38.339 seconds in the No.

disciplines of speed

Orbit Racing posted the fifth-fastest GT time during practice for the May 23 Rolex Sports Car Series race at le Circuit Mont-Tremblant. Mike Fitzgerald lapped the 2.65-mile road course in one minute 38.339 seconds in the No. 44 Classic Industries Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Joe and Jay Policastro are quickly learning the track, in preparation for the six-hour race.

"It's a beautiful facility," Jay Policastro said. "The racing surface is nice and wide, extremely smooth - probably one of the smoothest we run on. The coolest part of the track is the turn one complex. It's a big sweeping right-hander that's a complex of three corners, going in in fifth gear, pretty much top speed, and then coming down to a third-gear corner that's a real slow chicane. So it combines all the disciplines of speed - sweeping turns, momentum and braking. It's really quite spectacular."

aero fix

The Orbit crew added a splitter to the front of the Classic Industries Porsche to improve the car's aerodynamic downforce. The fix worked better than expected.

"Aerodynamic is a lot more important here than at a lot of other tracks because the track is so smooth," team owner Rodger Hawley explained. "We tried something different, putting an aerodynamic aid on the front of the car to try to keep it pushed down in the high-speed corners. It actually worked better than we thought, and we had to make some adjustments to the aero in the rear of the car."

new helmet

Jay Policastro is sporting a new look this week. His helmet, previously silver, is now red with a double silver band around the visor and a waving checkered design on the back.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Joseph Policastro Jr.