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Sean Rayhall finishes in sixth position in the Indy Lights Freedom 100

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Pompano Beach, FL, May 22, 2015 – Sean Rayhall and 8Star Motorsports finished in sixth position in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After an impressive performance at the Indy Lights Indianapolis GP, the expectations coming into the Freedom 100 event were very high even though it was Rayhall’s first oval race with 8Star.

For the first time in the Indy Lights 2015 season, Rayhall and the 8Star team were able to take advantage of the entire event schedule by taking part in the three tests, practice and qualifying. Rayhall, who qualified in third position and had the fastest lap in free practice three, dropped in the field to sixth position and engaged in several battles with Kaiser and championship leader Ed Jones. Sean was able to defend his sixth position before a yellow flag came out with only three laps until the end of the race.

“Really happy with the performance, Sean showed a lot of speed and did an amazing job for his first oval race. We marked the highest speed of the entire weekend and now we get back to working hard to make sure this partnership with Sean is extended for the other events,” said Team Owner Enzo Potolicchio.

“I am really happy with the performance overall this weekend as this was our first experience on ovals in the Dallara IL-15 Indy Lights,” said Sean Rayhall. “I really want to thank the team that worked really hard to have the car ready for this weekend. I also want to thank Bass Egg and everyone who supported my crowdfunding campaign.”

“Considering it is our first experience in the Indy Lights car on ovals and at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, I am very happy with the performance overall. Having said that, both Sean (Rayhall) and the team gained valuable experience and next year where I believe we can compete for the win,” said Team Manager Gary Neal.

Overall it was a very good week in Indianapolis for Rayhall and the 8Star team to work together and keep getting acquainted with the Dallara IL-15. The young driver and the 8Star team now have gotten their first oval race out of the way and can get back to working toward the rest of the Indy Lights season.

For more information please visit our website at www.8starmotorsports.com and keep up to date via Twitter @8starmotor and Facebook at our 8Star Motorsports page.
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After a Victory in the Indianapolis GP, Sean Rayhall Returns with 8Star Motorsports for the Freedom 100

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Pompano Beach, FL, May 19, 2015 – Coming off a victory in race two of the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Indianapolis GP, Sean Rayhall returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indy Lights Freedom 100. After a prolific first weekend in Indianapolis with two podium finishes, Rayhall will participate in his first oval race in the Dallara IL-15.

The inclusion of the young American driver in the upcoming event at the legendary Indy track was made possible through the support of several sponsors as well as a Crowdfunding campaign that proved to be a success. Sean Rayhall and the 8Star Motorsports team are hard at work preparing for the event coming up this weekend.

After the Monday morning tests, Team Owner Enzo Potolicchio said “We are happy to have Sean in the car for the Freedom 100 and trust that we have the experience necessary to make it a memorable event. Our partnership with Sean has been incredible and I’m glad we have been able to extend it for this legendary challenge. The GoFundMe campaign was a success, and I want to thank everyone who supported Sean for this event.”

“I am looking forward to the race and working very hard throughout the week to be ready on Friday. I’m happy that so many people supported us and gave me the opportunity to compete at such a legendary track for the Indy Lights Freedom 100,” the 20-year old Rayhall said.

Team Manager Gary Neal stated that, “We are very happy to work with Sean again, in his first ever oval experience with us. We came to Indy with basic info from Dallara but Sean quickly got up to speed. I’m glad we can make the test day today in preparation for the Freedom 100 as it is team engineer Yves Touron’s first time with this car in the oval.”

Sean Rayhall and 8Star Motorsports will be back in action at the Freedom 100 on Friday, May 22nd, with qualifying taking place on Thursday, May 21st. There will be live broadcasts on the Road to Indy app, IMS Radio Network on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, INDYCAR.com, and indycarradio.com. NBC Sports Network will also have a one hour race broadcast on Friday.

For more information please visit our website at www.8starmotorsports.com and keep up to date via Twitter @8starmotor and Facebook at our 8Star Motorsports page.
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Sean Rayhall and 8Star Motorsports back in Action for the Indy Lights Indianapolis GP

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Pompano Beach, FL, May 7, 2015 – 8Star Motorsports and promising young driver Sean Rayhall are getting ready to compete in this weekend’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Indianapolis Grand Prix. Rayhall and 8Star initiated this Indy Lights partnership at Barber Motorsports Park, where he achieved the fastest lap and track record after only being in the Dallara IL-15 a few times. The expectations for the upcoming races are high, especially now that Rayhall has had more time to get accustomed to the 8Star machine.

Rayhall has competed in Indianapolis before while wearing 8Star orange. Last year’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Indianapolis Grand Prix was one to be remembered in many regards. The main takeaway was that Rayhall and 8Star’s pace and strategy were second to none, and the young American tallied a series of fastest laps.

8Star Motorsports Team Manager Gary Neal has stated that “this is a good opportunity for Sean to digest what he learned from the car in Barber, and to further develop his understanding of the Dallara IL-15. Sean has driven the Indy GP circuit with 8Star before so the track is familiar to him. Given the speed we displayed at Barber I am optimistic for good results this weekend.”

The focused American driver was very straight forward when he stated that, “we rolled off with a car that seems better than ever and the main goal is to put out a strong effort this weekend and leave it all on the track. I want to thank Edvisors and Bass Egg as well for keeping this Indy Lights campaign alive, and I hope to make the most of it this weekend.”

Sean Rayhall and 8Star Motorsports will be out on the track for Races 1 & 2 this Friday and Saturday. The Indianapolis Grand Prix promises to be an exciting event and will officially be underway today for both practices. Qualifying will begin tomorrow at 12:00pm and race 1 will come around at 4:30pm. The weekend will be capped off on Saturday with Race 2 set to begin at 1:25pm.

For more information please visit our website at www.8starmotorsports.com and keep up to date via Twitter @8starmotor and Facebook at our 8Star Motorsports page.

 

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Great debut weekend for Sean Rayhall in the Indy Lights rounds at Barber Motorsports Park

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Pompano Beach, FL, April 27, 2015 – Sean Rayhall has achieved prominent success throughout his young racing career. The 20 year-old became the youngest driver in North America to win an open-wheeled formula race. In his debut weekend in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires at Barber Motorsports Park his results were nothing short of great while driving the 8Star Motorsports #8 machine.

Sean was effectively in the Indy Lights Dallara IL-15 in practice one for the first time, and was able to pull out a fifth position with a 1m13.799s time. Coming into practice two the expectations were a little higher but Sean encountered some difficulties with his pace and finished with the 8th position and a time of 1m14.410s. Qualifying proved to be another challenge for Sean where he had to overcome sensor failure issues with the car, and even though he may not have been in it for more than two practices, he was able to qualify in ninth place.

Sean’s first race ever in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series was an eventful one. He was involved in a skirmish at the first turn and had to come in for a quick nose change. He was still able to overcome yet another setback and finish with the fastest lap and track record at Barber Motorsports Park with a 1m13.831s time.

In race two he started in the 8th position and went on to 7th place after Ed Jones dropped from 2nd. Perhaps one of the most exciting moments of the second race was when Sean and RC Enerson battled for the sixth spot, which the 8Star driver came out on top.

8Star Motorsports Team Owner Enzo Potolicchio said, “We are very happy with the partnership with (Sean) Rayhall and are extremely proud with his lap record accomplishment. Sean proved once again that he is second to no one in tenacity and overcame a few difficulties to make this a fantastic Indy lights debut.”

Adding on to the positive tone was Team Manager Gary Neal who stated, “It was great to see Sean’s potential on display today at this beautiful facility, even though we had some setbacks in qualifying it was an overall great experience. Now we get back to working hard in order to find ways of putting our young and promising drivers in a car for the rest of the season, we are optimistic that it will work out.”

“Really happy about this debut weekend in the 8Star Motorsports Indy Lights. The team did a great job having the car ready after having sensor failure issues during qualifying, unfortunately those issues came back during race two,” said an ecstatic Sean Rayhall. “I really enjoyed being in the Dallara IL-15 and having the track record during race one. I really want to thank Edvisors, Bass Egg and everyone that made it possible for me to have this debut in the Indy Lights championship.”

 

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Sean Rayhall and 8Star Motorsports reunite for Indy Lights Championship

Dagys_ 2014_278569Pompano Beach, FL, April 21, 2015 – 8Star Motorsports is pleased to announced a partnership with Sean Rayhall for the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tire championship races at Barber Motorsports Park. The 20-year old from Atlanta, GA will be making his debut in the Indy Lights championship with the new Mazda powered Dallara IL-15.

Rayhall, who is part of the 8Star Motorsports Driver Development Program, reunites with 8Star Motorsports after a successful 2014 season. Alongside 8Star Motorsports in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Sean was able to accomplish two wins and 5 podiums in the Prototype Challenge class. In 2013, Sean dominated the IMSA Cooper Tire Prototype Lites with six wins and 12 podiums to win the championship.

“I am so excited to have this chance to be back with 8Star Motorsports and to make my Indy Lights debut. I am very fortunate to have Bass Egg and Edvisors who believed in me to put together the funding for this event. I am beyond grateful for their efforts! ,” said Sean Rayhall. “I am really looking forward to get back on track at Barber where I have had experience before and get my first laps in the Dallara IL-15!”

“After a succesfull 2014 season with Sean, it is good to have him back, this time in the 8Star Motorsports Indy Lights. Even though we missed the Long beach race and lost a little room against the other teams, we are now back on track with Sean (Rayhall) and his effort to be at Barber,” said Team Manager Gary Neal. “Sean is very talented and we will work hard in the practices leading up to the race to make him as comfortable as possible in the car and have a good, clean race.”

You can follow rounds 4 and 5 of the Indy Lights championship this weekend by visiting http://www.indylights.com/results/live-timing and following @8starmotor and @Indylights on twitter for updates.

For more information please visit our website at www.8starmotorsports.com and keep up to date via Twitter @8starmotor and Facebook at our 8Star Motorsports page.

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Impressive debut for Scott Hargrove and 8Star Motorsports in the Indy Lights rounds at St. Petersburg

scott_H03After qualifying with a time of 1m05.922s, Hargrove started race one in fourth position only six tenths away from pole. Immediately in turn one the young Canadian driver lost some ground dropping to sixth but promptly gained back fourth position in turn two. For the remainder of the race he kept his position and exposed his toughness by fending off fellow Pro Mazda graduate Kyle Kaiser.

Race two was also a test of Hargrove’s fortitude behind the wheel. Driving the brand-new Dallara IL-15 chassis and 2.0-liter turbocharged Mazda MZR-R engine, Hargrove was the protagonist of another intense duel. Throughout the 45-lap race, the young Canadian’s potential was on full display and in a close battle for sixth position, he emerged as the winner against Matthew Brabham.

It was a pleasing experience all weekend for Hargrove as he stated, “Hats off to everyone at 8Star Motorsports, we put a deal together for St. Petersburg less than two weeks ago and straight out of the trailer we were quick. The BC Pit Crew car looked the part and I’m thrilled to have battled at the front, coming away from my first Indy Lights weekend with a 4th place finish. I’m hopeful we will be able to find more partners to join our team, allowing us to race in the historic streets of Long Beach.”

Overall it was a great start for Hargrove and 8Star Motorsports, Team Manager Gary Neal said “The level of performance was very tight which doesn’t leave much room for astounding moves unless there was an accident or mistakes. Weather was nice,a good race, but we’re still learning the car and missed a couple of tests so we’re playing catch-up a little bit. Its all very close so we’re optimistic for the future, especially if we can have Scott with us as well.” The optimism was also shared by team owner Enzo Potolicchio who stated that “It was a good start for us and Scott, we hope that we will be able to extend this partnership and make it a durable and prolific one.”

The partnership between 8Star Motorsports and Scott Hargrove ended after these first two rounds of the championship in St. Petersburg, but all efforts are being made to extend it for as long as possible throughout the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season. The main goal right now is to fill the seats for the third round of the Indy Lights championship in the Streets of Long Beach.

For more information please visit our website at www.8starmotorsports.com and keep up to date via Twitter @8starmotor and Facebook at our 8Star Motorsports page.

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Enzo Potolicchio joins AF Corse for the 2015 Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh From Florida

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Pompano Beach, FL, March 20, 2015- 8Star Motorsports team owner and condecorated Venezuelan driver, Enzo Potolicchio, joins AF Corse Ferrari GTD for the 2015 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh From Florida. Potolicchio will join Piergiuseppe Perazzini, Marco Cioci, and former teammate Rui Aguas in the #49 AF Corse machine.

Potolicchio returns to Sebring, where he participated in 2012 finishing 1st Place in the LMP2 category and an incredible 3rd place overall. He is back to racing a Ferrari, where he has achieved prominent success in the past. In 2009 during his first involvement with the North American Ferrari Challenge he earned a victory and a third place podium finish. It was in 2010 where he achieved ultimate glory by winning the Ferrari Challenge and reiterating it with back to back titles in 2011.

The year 2013 was also a special year for Enzo, when he created his team 8Star Motorsports and drove it to worldwide recognition by becoming one of the first American teams to earn a team championship. The No. 81 car for 8Star won the trophy for LMGTE Am teams, after achieving two first place victories in the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and 6 Hours of Shanghai. In addition, he earned 2nd place overall with the team’s Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 along with teammate Rui Aguas.

“This is a great opportunity for me to continue my great relationship with Ferrari and come back to Sebring where I have been able to win before,” said Enzo Potolicchio. “I am looking forward to racing alongside AF Corse and their drivers this weekend at Sebring and confident that we can achieve a great result at this historic track.”

For more information please visit our website at www.8starmotorsports.com and keep up to date via Twitter @8starmotor and Facebook at our 8Star Motorsports page.

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Canada’s Scott Hargrove first to test 8Star Motorsports Indy Lights racer

Scott_HargroveScott Hargrove will be one of the first to be assessed for a drive with 8Star Motorsports in the 2015 Indy Lights Series Presented by Cooper Tires in an official test at Palm Beach International Raceway, Florida on Wednesday (17 December).

Canada’s Hargrove drove a Kart for the first time when he was 13 years old, planting the seed that would lead him to high profile successes in the US and overseas.

As a recipient of the 2013 Team Canada Scholarship, the young charger proudly represented his home nation in the prestigious Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch in the United Kingdom and acquitted himself well by finishing fourth in a super-competitive field consisting of 57 of the world’s brightest young racers.

The Canadian followed his 2013 Cooper Tires USF2000 Series championship success – he maintained his points lead for the entirety of the 14-race season by capturing four wins, nine podiums, five fastest race laps and six pole positions – by winning the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada (Platinum Cup) and finishing second in the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship.

Wanting to become British Columbia’s next IZOD IndyCar driver, Hargrove will be one of the first candidates to be assessed for one of 8Star Motorsports’ Indy Lights seats during an official test at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Florida on Wednesday (17 December).

An ever-strengthening 2015 Indy Lights field is forming, as several teams and drivers have already announced their intention to enter the revamped single-seater series in the New Year.

In an expansion of its newly-established young driver Academy, 8Star Motorsports has committed to a two-car attack on the modernized, fresh-faced Indy Lights Series and is open to testing other prospective IndyCar drivers.

The third and final step on the Mazda Road to Indy, the highly acclaimed championship has a rich history as a development platform for many of today’s top drivers, particularly as the series Champion is awarded a three-race scholarship in the Verizon IndyCar Series, including the headlining Indianapolis 500.

The INDYCAR-sanctioned championship therefore ties in with 8Star Motorsports’ ongoing commitment to nurturing young talent through its flourishing ‘8Star Academy’ program.

While Brazilian Ozz Negri will be 8Star’s official Indy Lights development driver, Hargrove will be the first to have his mettle tested, with the view of potentially filling one of the Florida-based team’s two race seats in 2015.

“To be one of the first drivers to test the new Indy Lights car is exciting and doing it with 8Star Motorsports is going to be a lot of fun,” said Hargrove. “The team has its roots in sportscar racing but a lot of its personnel are very experienced with open-wheelers, so it’s going to be fun to branch out and see what the team can do with the new Dallara IL-15. I’m really looking forward to 2015 and we’ll see where the test takes us.”

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 claims victory in inaugural Classic 24 Hour at Daytona

8Star-HSR-ClassicDaytona3crop8Star Motorsports and Enzo Potolicchio stood atop the winners’ rostrum at Daytona International Speedway after storming to class victory in the inaugural Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Classic 24 Hour at Daytona (16 November).

The 24 Hours of Daytona has grown in stature since its inception in 1966 and is now a premier fixture on the international motorsport calendar, widely regarded as part of the informal ‘Triple Crown of Endurance Racing’ that encompasses three of the world’s most formidable races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring.

The inaugural Classic 24 Hour at Daytona celebrates a rich and illustrious history spanning almost half a century. Cars from the Historic Sportscar Racing and Trans Am Series resplendently return to Daytona International Speedway, the many functioning museum pieces from 1961 to the present day conveying the 24 Hours of Daytona’s story as they compete on the world-renowned circuit from 13.00 on Saturday (15 November) through to 13.00 on Sunday (16 November).

Over 130 cars spread over six era-defined classes took to the legendary 3.56mile circuit, which combines a large part of the renowned NASCAR tri-oval with a fast, sweeping infield road course.

8Star Motorsports entered the Class E battle with a sole 2013 Coyote Corvette Daytona Prototype for Enzo Potolicchio and, while the inaugural Classic 24 Hours of Daytona was designed to showcar and embrace sportscars of years gone by, a fight broke out during the four one-hour races.

Potolicchio made an immediate impact on the historical event and raced bumper-to-bumper with the Audi R8 LMP1 of Andy Wallace and Doug Smith – the only two competitors to finish on the lead lap – bringing his orange-liveried Corvette home first in class and second overall after 88 tours of the legendary Daytona circuit, much to the delight of both driver and team.

Delighted to have concluded 8Star Motorsport’s 2014 season with yet another piece of silverware, Potolicchio said: “Everything went as planned and, as this was our first Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) event, it was really cool to be involved in the inaugural Classic 24 at Daytona,” said Potolicchio. “As always, the 8Star Motorsports team and the Coyote Corvette DP performed well and finishing second overall and first in class is just reward for a fantastic effort by all concerned.

“We experimented with setup changes for each race and felt really happy with the handling of the car, but I thoroughly enjoyed being back in the Corvette after almost a year out of the cockpit. It was nice to blow the cobwebs off and run against some other great classic racecars on what remains a legendary circuit – the Daytona International Speedway. I have to admit, the Classic 24 was more exhausting than the real Rolex 24 at Daytona and, as we found that a completely different strategy was required, we had a bit of learning to do. Adapting to the new strategies was the biggest challenge and we had to figure it out on the fly, but it all worked out.”

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.