Pompano Beach, FL, May 9, 2015 – The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires weekend in Indianapolis proved to be a memorable one for Sean Rayhall and the 8Star Motorsports team. The 20-year old showed everyone what the definition of taking advantage of an opportunity is. In race one at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Rayhall, who qualified in third place with a time of 1m15.318s, quickly jumped into 2nd place and came close to completing the pass for first place in turn one. Using his previous experience at the Speedway Rayhall maintained the 2nd position over both Carlin cars until the end of the race.
In race 2 Rayhall lived up and exceeded the hype surrounding his successful campaign the previous day. Starting the contest in p2, the American immediately took the first position with an aggressive move in turn one and showed his grit early on while having to defend a push from other drivers after a yellow flag halted the contest. As the contest went on, Rayhall looked poised and worked on increasing his lead against his strong competitors.
During the race, an enthusiastic Team Owner Enzo Potolicchio stated “We knew Sean had great talent, now he found a sponsor and he is dominating. He is part of the family, we want him here, he is one of the best American drivers for the future. This guy never sleeps, we are a little behind because we missed some races, but he just keeps working hard.”
A testament to that came as the race went on, and even though Rayhall kept his lead intact, as soon as Jack Harvey began to pick up speed and get closer, he responded with his fastest lap of the race on Lap 23. With a lot of action taking place behind Rayhall, he kept his head down and stayed on track in order to achieve his first win. With 5 laps to go Rayhall boasted his fastest lap, 1m16.839s, to consolidate his fantastic performance at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
After the victory an emotional Rayhall spoke about his first Indy Lights win, “Words can’t describe this day man, so fortunate for Bassegg, Edvisors, and 8Star Motorsports bringing me here. I wish my parents could’ve been here, but I’m sure they were watching from home, Thanks dad!”
A satisfied Team Manager Gary Neal said post-race that “this was a fantastic competitive weekend for Sean and 8Star, from practice one we made massive gains on the track time and we kept working hard to keep improving. I’m glad it all worked out great at the end and now we get home, get back to work and make sure we have Sean in orange for the rest of the season.”
After a strong performance in Indianapolis this weekend the 8Star Motorsports team is headed back home to Florida so they can get back to work and also try to secure this successful partnership for the long haul.