JUPITER, Fla. - Jan. 28, 2003 - Mike Fitzgerald and Manuel Matos will join Orbit Racing in the No. 44 Porsche GT3 RS at the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Feb. 1 and 2. Fitzgerald and Matos will co-drive with the father-son duo of Joseph and Jay...
JUPITER, Fla. - Jan. 28, 2003 - Mike Fitzgerald and Manuel Matos will join Orbit Racing in the No. 44 Porsche GT3 RS at the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Feb. 1 and 2. Fitzgerald and Matos will co-drive with the father-son duo of Joseph and Jay Policastro. The team's other racing machine will be piloted by Peter Baron of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Leo Hindery of New York City, Porsche factory driver Marc Lieb of Rudesheim, Germany and NASCAR favorite Kyle Petty of Trinity, N.C.
Fitzgerald, of Fountain Hills, Ariz. is an accomplished Porsche driver with a class win in a Porsche GT3 RS at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2001 and was World Porsche Cup Champion in 2000. In addition, he also won the 2000 Grand American Road Racing Association GTU Driver's Championship while driving a Porsche GT3 RS, winning five races, capturing two poles and finishing on the podium in all nine starts.
"I am excited to drive with Orbit at Daytona. I raced against them while I was driving for J-3 last season in the American Le Mans Series and I always had a good impression of the team. They have fast and well prepared cars. I'm looking forward to the race," Fitzgerald said.
Matos won a driver championship in his home in Puerto Rico and has competed in various races throughout his career. Fitzgerald and Matos drove together at the Rolex 24 at Daytona last year in a Porsche GT3 RS for J-3 Racing.
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 to the Rolex 24 at Daytona. 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.