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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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8Star records second consecutive win from dramatic TUDOR Championship race in Texas

Dagys_ 2014_3140478Star Motorsports led from the front, sensationally converting pole position into victory in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Lone Star Le Mans feature race at Circuit of the Americas (20 September).

An incredible qualifying effort by Sean Rayhall was followed by a determined and resolute charge to victory lane for the second consecutive race by the Georgia-based racer and Mexican teammate Luis ‘Chapulin’ Diaz.

Saturday’s 20-minute morning warm-up was positive for the 8Star driver pairing, as they continued to lap the Austin circuit quickly to keep a tight grip on the top of the Prototype Challenge (PC) rankings, with a dominant one second advantage over the chasing pack.

A false start to the race was followed by a strong getaway for Chapulin, who stamped his authority by consistently improving his lap times to build a dominant lead.

Diaz, backed by Takis, stayed strong and led the PC class for the entirety of his stint, before handing the #25 entry to Rayhall with little under 1h40m to go.

Rayhall was quickly out of the pits and landed in second place behind CORE autosport’s #54 PC challenger in the hands of Colin Braun.

The pairing locked horns in the fight for the PC initiative and an attempt to pass at Turn 1 ended with the orange 8Star Motorsports machine spinning down to fourth position. Braun was penalized as a result and, from third, Rayhall began hunting down the top two in a determined bid to reclaim the lead.

With an hour to go, Rayhall was still in third place and pushing hard, but moved back to the top of the leaderboard when his rivals had problems entering the pit lane.

Following a remarkable recovery, the 18-year old concentrated on conserving his fuel to maintain first position during the run to the flag and clinch the second consecutive race win for the 8Star Motorsports team.

“What a day for 8Star Motorsports,” said Rayhall. “To get spun out and drop to fourth and get back to first position and finish there for the second time is amazing! I am thankful to be driving for this Takis 8Star Motorsports team and I really feel blessed to be one of Enzo Potolicchio’s drivers. Yves (Touron) and the crew did an excellent job, the car was amazing and we were able to get our second victory in a row.”

Diaz said: “I am extremely happy for the Takis 8Star Motorsports team, as the guys did an excellent job. Sean drove brilliantly to close the race, and the strategy worked out great for us. This is my last race with 8Star Motorsports and I can’t thank them enough for this amazing season. Being able to close it with two wins in a row and leaving the team in a position to battle for the championship at Petit Le Mans is just great.”

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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8Star seals second consecutive TUDOR Championship pole at Circuit of the Americas

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8Star Motorsports qualified on pole position for the second consecutive TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race, the Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of the Americas (19 September).

Sean Rayhall, who is sharing the car with Luis ‘Chapulin’ Diaz, only had a couple of laps after a shortened qualifying session, but grabbed pole position with a convincing six tenths margin over the second-placed runner.

A troubled first practice session on Thursday afternoon (18 September) provided little opportunity for Rayhall and Diaz to get a feel for the #25 Prototype Challenge (PC) machine on the Circuit of the Americas.

After some laps, a 2m04.040s by Rayhall was good for a sixth on the timesheets, although second practice went much better for the 8Star Motorsports team, which finished fifth with a best time of 2m03.524s.

The Pompano Beach-based squad showed much improvement during the third and final practice outing, as Mexico City’s Diaz started the session and consistently frequented the top spots on a damp but drying track.

Conditions continued improving and some changes were made to the car, opening the door for Rayhall to record consecutive personal best laptimes and end the session in third place, with a much-improved 2m01.861s.

Rayhall, who had been the quicker of the two drivers for most of the weekend, was the one to qualify the Takis-backed 8star Motorsports machine and a red-flag stoppage meant the Winston, Georgia-domiciled racer had a very narrow window in which to get up-to-speed.

Green flags signaled the restart and, with under five minutes to run, Rayhall stepped on the gas to take a convincing pole position, his time of 2m00.528s almost six tenths of a second faster than his nearest challenger.

“I am really proud of this 8Star Motorsports Takis crew and, getting two pole positions in a row is a huge achievement,” said Rayhall. “We really made a wholesale change – it was kind of go big or go home – and Technical Director, Yves Touron, made the right call. Being on pole here at Circuit of the Americas by over half a second says a lot about our Continental Tires, which came in quickly and allowed me to push during those couple of laps.”

Diaz added: “We are really happy! We came here with great expectations and, even though we started the weekend with some problems, we never panicked and the 8Star guys Sean (Rayhall) and I the best car. Tomorrow I hope to stay up front and build as much of an advantage as possible before handing the car over to Sean, and fight for the win here at Circuit of the Americas.”

Lone Star Le Mans, Round 9 of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, is scheduled to begin at 12.30 EDT on Saturday (20 September) and will be broadcast on FOX Sports 2.

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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8Star aims to reignite 2014 FIA WEC campaign at Circuit of the Americas

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After a long summer break, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) picks up momentum again this weekend (19-20 September) at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin/Texas, and 8Star Motorsports will be hoping to claim the LMGTE-Am victory. 

Opened in 2012, the Circuit of the Americas is the USA’s most modern race track and its spectacular layout draws inspiration from many of motorsport’s iconic corners, such as Silverstone’s fast, sweeping Maggots and Becketts complex.

The Florida-based team currently lies fifth in the LMGTE-Am Teams’ standings and will be looking to get its season back on track in the second third of the season.

Paolo Ruberti and Gianluca Roda will be joined by 2014 24 Hours of Daytona GT class champion, Jeff Segal. The driving trio is targeting its first top-three finish of the season and has high hopes of breaking its podium finishes duck after narrowly missing out on a place on the winners’ rostrum at the Austin circuit in 2013.

“Our goal never changes and we work hard to win,” said Potolicchio. “We had some mechanical issues during the first two races of the season and have worked hard with Michelloto to solve them. At Le Mans we had a competitive car and tire punctures took us out of contention for a podium, but we still managed to finish fourth in class.

“The 8Star Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 should be good at Austin and we are really happy to have American driver Jeff Segal join us for Austin, as he brings speed and GT experience to give us the best opportunity at Circuit of the Americas.”

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

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8Star seeks back-to-back TUDOR victories at Circuit of the Americas

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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.

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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Euphoria as 8Star takes second win from momentous Oak Tree Grand Prix weekend

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8Star Motorsports capped off a momentous weekend with Luis ‘Chapulin’ Diaz sealing the team’s second consecutive Prototype Challenge (PC) race win in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) on Sunday (24 August).

The Pompano Beach, Florida-based outfit took a clean sweep of victories at the ultra-high-speed VIR, bringing to an end a lengthy winless streak and keeping it in the hunt for the TUDOR Championship PC class title.

A superb qualifying effort by young Atlanta charger Sean Rayhall ensured 8Star Motorsports of pole position for the weekend’s two 45-minute PC contests, and Mexico City’s Diaz used this advantage to great effect by leading RSR Racing’s Bruno Junqueira from lights-to-flag in a cool, calm display.

As Junqueira encountered problems, CORE autosports’ Colin Braun and Starworks Motorsport’s Renger van der Zande emerged as 8Star’s chief threats, but Diaz kept his head down and held the initiative until a full-course caution shortened the race with seven minutes to run.

Diaz was undoubtedly the happiest man in the VIR paddock on Sunday afernoon and his celebrations were far from muted as he emerged from the cockpit of the race-winning #25 PC racer.

Diaz said: “I’m really happy and this win is an incredible feat for the Takis-backed 8Star Motorsports team. The guys gave me a great car and this gave me an edge over our rivals to achieve this incredible, well-deserved victory. Sean (Rayhall) deserves a lot of the credit, as he did a great job in qualifying and yesterday’s (Saturday 23 August) race. This win gives us an opportunity to continue fighting for the championship for our great sponsor, Takis, and the team.”

A euphoric Enzo Potolicchio, added: “I’m delighted for Luis (Diaz) and every one of our guys in the 8Star Motorsports crew, as I know how hard thye have worked this season to accomplish these victories. Sean (Rayhall) also did a great job yesterday to put Luis and the team in a position to win. Overall, it has been a great weekend and now we go to Circuit of the Americas (COTA), where we will have another chance to continue adding points towards the championship with more wins.

In the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship, which shared the VIR circuit with the faster PC runners, Christian Potolicchio finished fourth to add yet more crucial points to his ever-expanding total, while Lamont Harris overcame early problems to finish in a creditable eighth position and Enzo Potolicchio was forced to abandon his race 15 minutes from the end.

The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s next port of call is the state-of-the-art Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, which hosts the Lone Star Le Mans event (19-20 September).

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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Jubilant 8Star Motorsports team breaks Prototype Challenge race wins duck at VIR

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A jubilant 8Star Motorsports broke its Prototype Challenge (PC) race wins duck in the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) on Saturday (23 August), Sean Rayhall never looking back from pole position and dominating from start to finish.

A sensational time of 1m41.447s took Rayhall to the top of the times in qualifying for the first time this year, the Winston, Georgia-based racer sealing pole position for the first of two races with a full second in hand over second-placed Frankie Montecalvo.

Rayhall shot away from pole position in Saturday’s 45-minute Prototype Challenge (PC)/Cooper Tires Prototype Lites race, posting fastest lap after fastest lap to build a gap of almost seven seconds over nearest rival Duncan Ende as he encountered lapped traffic.

Unfortunately, a yellow flag negated Rayhall’s advantage, although the 18-year old Atlanta racer kept the initiative at the restart and gapped the chasing pack by six seconds during the final eight minutes to take the #25 8Star Motorsports-prepared PC challenger to victory at the fast, technical VIR.

Rayhall said: “I’m very excited to bring home a win for the 8Star Motorsports Takis crew. This is overdue and it’s well deserved, but it was a relatively straightforward day and I’m just really thankful to my guys for giving me such a great car; hats off to them. Hopefully, Luis (Diaz) will have a great day tomorrow (Sunday 24 August) and can bring home another win for the 8Star Motorsports guys.”

In the supporting IMSA-sanctioned Prototype Lites Championship, Christian Potolicchio continued his recent run of form by qualifying in fifth position, beating father Enzo Potolicchio in sixth and Lamont Harris, who emerged from a tough session in 12th position.

With PC and IMSA Lites runners sharing the high-speed circuit, Christian, Enzo and Harris all faced a stern challenge, having to focus on their own battles while trying not to impede the quicker PC contingent.

Nevertheless, Enzo finished fifth overall and took first place in the Masters category, with Harris utilizing a determined run to surge from his 12th-place grid slot to eighth at the flag and Christian coming to grief in the latter stages and taking ninth after battling for P4 for the most part.

Enzo Potolicchio said: “It has been a really good day for 8Star Motorsports, as the team achieved a long overdue win in the PC class. In Prototype Lites, we didn’t have our best race, even though I won in the Masters class. We are going to try to improve the cars for tomorrow’s race and hopefully have a better result. We have made a lot of progress over the course of the year and we will continue to work to have the edge that other teams have managed to find. Hopefully Luis Diaz has a great day tomorrow and gets another win for the hard working 8Star Motorsports team.”

The final Prototype Challenge/IMSA Lites race will take place at 10.45 EDT on Sunday (24 August) and will be broadcast live on FOXSports1.

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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8Star looks to break wins duck in Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIR

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Victory remains elusive for the ambitious 8Star Motorsports team, although it is hopeful of finally breaking its race wins duck in the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) this weekend (23-24 August).

Based out of state-of-the-art facilities in Pompano Beach, Florida, 8Star Motorsports has had a mightily impressive season in the Prototype Challenge (PC) division of the newly-amalgamated TUDOR Championship.

Podium finishes have been well received by all concerned with the Enzo Potolicchio-led operation.However, 8Star’s will to win has only increased as fate has repeatedly conspired against it while on course for victory, and it heads to VIR – a 3.27mile white-knuckle ride near Danville, Virginia – with the sole aim of scaling the top step of the winners’ rostrum.

The weekend will consist of two 45-minute sprint races for Prototype Challenge runners and competitors from the entry-level Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship and, in a change to the format, points will be rewarded for both contests.

Sean Rayhall and the Takis-backed Luis Diaz will once again pilot 8Star’s PC machine, while Enzo Potolicchio, Christian Potolicchio and Lamont Harris front the team’s IMSA Lites charge.

Rayhall said: “8Star Motorsports is well and truly in the hunt and the fight is pretty close, so the objective will be to score good, solid points in both races at Virginia International Raceway. The car is improving all the time and we had really good pace at Road America, so we were unfortunate to lose out in the way we did. Nevertheless, I’m optimistic about our chances and believe the win will be well within reach once again. I like what IMSA has done with the format, awarding points for both races, and I think sharing the track with the Lites runners is guaranteed to make things more eventful.

“I’m pretty sure VIR’s new track surface will suit us and it’s a circuit I’m particularly fond of, having won a championship title there with a broken foot when I was 15. We don’t have many high-speed circuits in the US, but VIR is fast and all about rhythm. If you overdrive through one turn, you’ll mess up the next. It requires patience and mistakes can be very costly. The quick corners are where I excel and a lack of overtaking opportunities means I’m very hungry to get pole position and translate that into a race win.”

Diaz added: “Virginia International Raceway (VIR) is a track I enjoy quite a lot, as it’s very challenging, especially with traffic. It will be interesting to see how it works with the IMSA Lites cars this weekend. Last time we had this format it was a different experience, for sure. Sprint races make everyone more aggressive, so i think it’s going to be very exciting. Sean (Rayhall) and I have had a good year so far, achieving a lot of podiums, but I think we’re definitely due a race win. We’ve been very close this year and I have a very good feeling for VIR.”

Christian Potolicchio said: “My season started with a big crash at Sebring that made my race weekend tough and I didn’t get as many points as I expected on a track I really enjoy. Things have improved from there and the communication with my engineer is great, so I am much better at making changes to help my driving. This will be my first visit to Virginia International Raceway (VIR), but I should get more than enough mileage and build confidence during the promoter test day.

“I’m not really looking at anybody else and will be purely focused on finishing races in the best position possible. Consistency will bring championship results. I believe the pressure is not on me at all, I have a great team supporting my efforts and I have to thank them for all the hard work they do in providing me with such a good car.”

The first of two Prototype Challenge/IMSA Lites races will take place at 17.15 EDT on Saturday (23 August, with the second encounter scheduled for the following morning (Sunday 24 August) at 10.45 EDT. Both will be broadcast live on FOXSports1.

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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8Star set to add single-seaters to US racing portfolio for 2015

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Buoyed by the success of its sportscar programme in the United States and around the world, including class victories in the Le Mans 24 Hours and FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), plus strong showings in this season’s inaugural Tudor United SportsCar and IMSA Prototype Lites Championships, 8Star Motorsports is set to announce a 2015 campaign in the revamped Indy Lights Series with the all-new Dallara IL-15.

Team Owner and successful racer Enzo Potilicchio has already established a “stairway of talent”, with young drivers such as Sean Rayhall learning their craft and moving up the ranks in the junior IMSA Lites sportscar category to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, in both the Daytona Prototype (DP) and Prototype Challenge (PC) classes.

Potolicchio is keen to extend his young driver academy by bringing on more young, talented drivers who wish to pursue a career in single-seaters, saying: “It’s a natural step for 8Star Motorsports, which has the expertise and state-of-the-art facilities to extend its operation. And with the new Indy Lights cars coming for 2015, this is a perfect time for us to take up the challenge. We will be searching for young drivers focused on the road to the IndyCar Series and will be looking for drivers from both Europe and Asia who are wanting to build a career in the USA, as well as providing opportunities for North and South American racers to familiarize themselves with the Indy ladder. Of course, it goes without saying that 8Star will provide a completive package for talented drivers wherever the come from.”

8Star Motorsports Team Manager, Gary Neal, thinks the new Indy Lights car is a viable alternative to GP2 or World Series by Renault (WSR) for drivers moving up from Formula 3 or GP3, or those looking for a change of direction.

Neal said: “Formula 1 is such an unachievable dream for so many these days, whereas IndyCars is much more achievable in terms of budget and opportunity. The new Indy Lights program offers drivers a real shot at the big time and a sustainable career.”

With a cutting-edge facility in Pompano Beach, Florida and staff who boast a wealth of experience in F1 and IndyCars, 8Star Motorsports offers the perfect environment for driver development, as well as ample winter year-round testing opportunities in the agreeable Florida climate.

Interested parties can contact 8Star Motorsports at info@8starmotorsports.com

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8Star leave Road America with silverware

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8Star Motorsports and their #25 orange FLM-009 Oreca PC driven by Luis Diaz and Sean Rayhall finished in second position at the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (10 August).

Diaz started the race in the #25 8Star Prototype Challenge and quickly started pushing when a big crash involving one of the RSR cars in front created a yellow flag and promoted “Chaplin” Diaz into second position. After the green flag came out, Diaz, who was the fastest in the PC class, overcame the other RSR entry for first place.

With another yellow out on track with 1h40m to go, Diaz jumped out of the car and handed the reigns over tot Rayhall to close the race. Rayhall’s stint was repeatedly interrupted by yellow flags, but he maintained the lead.

With just under an hour to go and with another full course yellow, 8star and Rayhall lost the lead after a little scramble leaving the pits. Rayhall, who had the fastest lap time of 2m00.984s, kept pushing hard but was not able to overtake the #8 PC car for first place, finishing in second position.

“It was a complicated day as we expected to get a win here at Road America, as the team and Sean (Rayhall) were great,” said Diaz. “I believe we didn’t make any errors, but we have to work on some improvements in the pits, which was where the race was lost. It was really close, during this time of the championship anyone can win and the field is really good. We have to learn from these opportunities and go on and get our win soon.”

Rayhall added: “It was a bittersweet day for the Takis 8Star Motorsports crew as they did a great job during the whole race for us to run second. We found out what happened in the pits, but now we can fix it for the next race. It’s bitter that we lost it there, but the guys really did a great job. It was fun to drive again here in Road America and congrats to the Starworks guys. We are going to work really hard for VIR and hopefully have redemption there.”

For race two of the Cooper Tire Prototype Lites powered by Mazda at Road America, Christian Potolicchio finished in third place for his second podium of the weekend and third straight podium. Enzo Potolicchio, who had an incident in race one and couldn’t finish, was not able to finish this race again after overcoming almost all the field before getting involved in a crash in the end of the race. Lamont Harris also had a tough outing in this race two finishing in 12th position.

“This was a really good weekend at Road America, as we finished on the podium both times,” said Christian. “My communication with my engineer has gotten better and better and it has allowed me to fight for the first positions. These results have given me the opportunity to jump to second place in the championship and this is a demonstration that hard work pays off.”

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