hosed Orbit Racing had a strong start to the Rolex Sports Car Series race at le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, but a cut water hose took them out of contention for a podium finish. The team finished ninth in the GT class after six hours on the...
Orbit Racing had a strong start to the Rolex Sports Car Series race at le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, but a cut water hose took them out of contention for a podium finish. The team finished ninth in the GT class after six hours on the 2.65-mile road course.
Mike Fitzgerald started the No. 44 Classic Industries Porsche 911 GT3 RS sixth on the GT grid. He moved up to third before pitting just before the one-hour mark. Jay Policastro took over, returned to the track in fifth place and moved up to third during his one-hour stint. Joe Policastro drove the third stint, but was sidelined for 30 minutes for replacement of the water hose. He was back on track at the halfway mark, 11th in the GT class. He gained two positions to ninth before Fitzgerald took the wheel for his final 75-minute stint. Jay Policastro drove the final 45 minutes.
"We had a pretty tough race today. We had a cut water line that cost us about 20 laps; we might have been on the podium if it wasn't for that. But the car was great and we had a pretty good pace. When I got back in the second time, I had a really fun dice with some of the GT cars with a lot of the faster guys in them. I enjoyed it even though we didn't finish too well. We're looking forward to The Glen - Rodger [team owner Hawley] and I put our heads together and I think we've come up with some ways to make the car even better."
"We had a great car today. We got caught out early on a yellow flag and we had a problem with a cooling hose on the car, but the guys did a great job of repairing it and got us back out. The last two hours we ran, the car was fantastic. It's a shame - I think we really had a second-place car today. We could run with just about everybody. We'll take it to Watkins Glen, and hopefully we'll have a little better luck."
"Today was a heck of a race. I think we had the potential to win, but fate had it, we just blew a water hose out - it had a small crack in it - and it put us 20 laps down. It was just a fluke, not something anyone could anticipate. The crew did an outstanding job this weekend, really worked their butts off. It's a delight to work with these guys. We'll try to improve at Watkins Glen."
The next Rolex Series race is at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International on June 20.