Orbit Racing was both the victim and survivor of the roughest American Le Mans Series event of the season, on the streets of Miami, with one car ending its race in the wall and the other taking a top ten class result.

Joe and Jay Policastro survived the attrition-filled race, but team-mates Peter Baron and Marc Lieb weren't as lucky, being forced into an early retirement after contact with another GT car.

Lieb started the #43 YES Network Porsche fourth in class and immediately moved up to third to continue to close on the class leaders. However, towards the end of the stint, he was hit by another 911 with just 40 minutes gone. The impact broke the Orbit car's suspension, sending it into the tyre wall and out of the race.

"I was running behind the Saleen and catching up to the Alex Job guys, but I was lapping the #61 car - the PK Sport Porsche," Lieb reported, after emerging unhurt from the impact with the wall, "I was driving to the inside when he turned in and broke my steering - and that was it. I'm very disappointed. All weekend, the car was fantastic - the crew did an awesome job again. It's so bad because it was really one of our best weekends this year."

Team-mate Baron was more angry than disappointed, claiming that the driver responsible for the incident should not have been allowed to race.

"We had a great weekend going and it was ruined through no fault of our own," he fumed, "The other team's driver couldn't be here, so they hired a fill-in driver - someone who's not used to running in the series. On a street race like this, you really need to be familiar and know what you're doing. I hope the series will look at this and try to learn from it."

Jay Policastro started the #42 Classic Industries Porsche from 15th on the GT grid and moved up two positions during his first 20-minute stint. Father Joe then drove for the next 65 minutes, holding onto 13th place. Jay returned for the final hour and 20 minutes, and gained three more positions amid the carnage to finish tenth in class.

"We finished - that was the goal for the day," he grinned, "The traffic was pretty good, and the big cars gave us lots of room. Down to the end of the race, you could really tell there was attrition. I ran five, six laps without seeing anybody - and that was a welcome surprise. I think we did a great job, and we get to go home in one piece."

 

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