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.”