Orbit racing joins ALMS GTC field
ORBIT Racing is the latest team to enter the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n’s GT Challenge class for 2010 with a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry for Bryce Miller and John McMullen. The team will make its season debut at this weekend’s Tequila Patr¢n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach in southern California.
The 2010 No. 48 Porsche will carry the colors of Marquis Jet, IPC Systems, TOTAL, Bergen County Auto Group and Macha Racing.
“I am very excited to partner with Orbit again – my first sports-car season began with this team,” said Miller, who won in GT2 at Road America in 2008 with a Porsche. “We’ve had good success together in the past and I look forward to picking up where we left off. It's great to be back with IMSA and the ALMS, too, after racing in other series. Everyone really wanted this deal to come together, which will be useful when chasing down the points loss from our late entry.
“Thanks to Orbit and their driver development, I have inherited a competitive co-driver in John McMullen,” added Miller, who earned three pole positions, a win and four podium finishes in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge driving an Orbit Porsche. “However, the most exciting part of working with John this season will be his natural ability to interpret and apply different techniques to manipulate the race car on the track – something he’s already proven in his progressing competitiveness.”
McMullen has also achieved success with the guidance of Orbit team owner Rodger Hawley. In 2009, McMullen led five hours of the PBOC Motorsports Club 6 Hours of Sebring, won his second-consecutive three-hour Historic Sportscar Racing Sebring Endurance Classic and led an SCCA race at Palm Beach International Raceway, all in Orbit Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars. In addition to his race competition, he has logged 450 hours in Corvette and Porsche race cars in the past two years, honing his sports-car racing skills.
“Rodger is the reason I’ve been able to develop my skills and mental approach so quickly,” said McMullen, of Spring Lake, N.J. “I’ve been driving, collecting and selling Corvettes for many years, but I race Porsches for a reason – they can go around a corner on two, and sometimes one, wheel! The 2010 Cup car does everything the 2007 to 2009 cars did, only better, approaching the feel of and performance of the RSR. I am excited to be teamed up with Bryce and I’m looking forward to a successful season.”