JUPITER, Fla.- Orbit Racing is busy making the final preparations for their inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans, June 15-16. The team leaves for France this weekend to compete in the world's most prestigious endurance race. The ...
JUPITER, Fla.- Orbit Racing is busy making the final preparations for their inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans, June 15-16. The team leaves for France this weekend to compete in the world's most prestigious endurance race.
The #75 Porsche 911 GT3RS of Leo Hindery, Peter Baron and Tony Kester is entered in the competitive GT class. All three drivers were new to the 8.625-mile Le Mans Circuit when they attending pre-qualifying practice in May. Already, the team was running ninth among the GT-class cars that will be competing in the race.
Orbit Racing will not be running their American Le Mans Series cars in the race. "The car is brand new. It's never been run other than at the Le Mans test," explained Baron. "We have a new motor going in the car for the race just in case. We're also going to debut some SPEED Channel logos on the car."
The SPEED Channel will be broadcasting 14 hours of the race. They are scheduled to show the first seven hours, beginning at 9:30am EST on Saturday, June 15.
Just in time for Le Mans, Orbit has signed Ron Mathis to their team. Mathis, who first joined Orbit at Sears Point, will handle engineering for the team.
Orbit Racing will be leaving for Le Mans this weekend. Registration and technical inspection for Orbit will take place on Tuesday afternoon, with Wednesday being the first day of practice.
The 70th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans will get the green flag at 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 15. Orbit hopes to be on the podium when the race finishes on Sunday.
"Naturally, we're very excited to go over there," said Baron. "To receive an invitation is truly special. Out of the 12 GT cars, seven are Porsche's and I'm sure it will be an all-Porsche podium. We've gotten to the point where we are familiar with the track and can continue to get faster and challenge for the lead."
Results and news from Orbit's week at Le Mans can be found on the team's website, www.OrbitRacing.com.