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8Star expands driver development program with Indy Lights commitment

d4445a3e-85ff-4fbc-a588-22a06caf7ab6In an expansion of its newly-established young driver Academy, 8Star Motorsports has committed to an order for the brand new Dallara IL-15 open-wheeler for its 2015 campaign in the modernized, fresh-faced Indy Lights Series Presented by Cooper Tires.

Sanctioned by INDYCAR and operated by Andersen Promotions, Indy Lights is the final stage of the ‘Mazda Road to Indy’ driver development program – a three-phase ladder system that includes the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.

The highly acclaimed series has a rich history as a development platform for many of today’s top drivers and therefore ties in with 8Star Motorsports’ ongoing commitment to nurturing young talent through its flourishing ‘8Star Academy’ program.

8Star Motorsports Team Owner and accomplished racer, Enzo Potolicchio, is keen to extend his driver academy by bringing on more young, talented drivers who wish to pursue a career in single-seaters and, buoyed by the success of its sportscar programme in the United States and around the world, the Pompano Beach, Florida-based 8Star operation is already well underway with its preparations for a full-time 2015 campaign in the revamped Indy Lights Series.

The Cooper Tires-backed Indy Lights Series is set to undergo significant changes in 2015, with the advent of the Dallara IL-15 open-wheeler; the new chassis, tire and engine formula has been created to enhance the growth and value of Indy Lights and a top priority for the series is to provide a cost-effective platform for teams, drivers and partners.

Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions, said: “I am extremely pleased to have a high-caliber organization such as 8Star Motorsports joining our series. Enzo (Potolicchio) and his team have achieved much success in the sportscar ranks, and we know they will bring a top-level program to Indy Lights.”

8Star Motorsports Team Manager, Gary Neal, said: “8Star has placed an order for our first Indy Lights car. It will be among the first batch of ten cars from Dallara due to be delivered mid-November and the 8Star team will evaluate drivers at the first official Indy Lights test at Sebring in December. 8Star Motorsports’ 2015 plan is to run a two-car Indy Lights program and expand its successful TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Prototype Challenge campaign from one to two entries, based on customer interest. Also, under current evaluation is a P2 program. Several parties are working to unite their efforts for a solid attack on the 2015 TUDOR Championship.”

For more information on 8Star Motorsports and its racing activities, please visit thewww.8starmotorsports.com website, ‘like’ the team’s Facebook page or follow@8starmotor on Twitter.

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