8Star Motorsports will be hoping to take the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship initiative during this weekend’s Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas (19-20 September).
Built in 2012, Circuit of the Americas has hosted several prestigious motorsport events, including Formula 1 and Moto GP, and encompasses many fast, sweeping corners, as well as the steep climb to the tight apex of Turn 1.
Based out of state-of-the-art facilities in Pompano Beach, Florida, 8Star Motorsports broke its race wins duck last time out at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) and the Enzo Potolicchio-led operation will be hoping to replicate that success at the penultimate round of the season at Circuit of the Americas.
Currently second in the Prototype Challenge Teams’ standings, 8Star Motorsports has gone from strength-to-strength this season and heads to Austin focused on taking the title initiative from rivals, CORE autosport.
This weekend’s 2h45m endurance feature race will once again se Sean Rayhall and the Takis-backed Luis Diaz in the cockpit of 8Star’s PC machine, hoping to carry their winning momentum forwards in order to stand atop the winners’ rostrum once again.
“We are definitely carrying a lot of momentum into Austin and I’m very confident that we’ll have a good car right out of the box and everybody in the team is coming in with only one goal in mind and that’s to win,” said Diaz. “We’ve had a great season so far; we’ve been a threat for the win at every event, and every time we are out on track we get stronger as a team. Of course, you always want to win, but I’m happy with what we’ve done.
“I’m very excited about finally doing my first race at CotA. I don’t really have much experience there, but I got a chance to do a few laps and it is a great track; very technical and very fun. For me it will be a sort of home race since it’s the closest event we have to Mexico, and one where we will have many guests from Takis, Extreme Networks, Bojanini and our other sponsors. We’ll just do what we always do, go out there during practice and work on the setup of the car, and just focus on the race. It will be tricky with traffic, but my goal is to push very hard to get one more win for the team.”
Qualifying for Round 9 of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Lone Star Le Mans is scheduled to begin at 17.30 EDT on Friday (19 September) with the endurance feature race at 12.30 EDT on Saturday (20 September), which will be broadcast on FOX Sports 2.