Sean Rayhall and Luis Diaz are determined to take victory for 8 Star Motorsports in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship during the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America (8-10 August).
Located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Road America’s fast, flowing nature will expose any straight-line speed deficiencies, while the tight, twisty infield will require a near-perfect car balance.
The talented pair – Rayhall and Diaz – will look to put memories of what could have been at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway behind them as they reach for the top step of the podium at the Elkhart Lake-based track.
The Florida-based team was leading the PC class when a pit lane penalty put it a lap down in sixth position at the much-lauded circuit. Nevertheless, 8Star’s pace was undeniable and only hinted at what was achievable.
Once again, the race will run for 2h45m on Sunday (10 August) and both drivers will be taking an equal share of the driving duties during their bid to take the top honours.
“I’m very excited about going to Road America this weekend, it has always been one of my favourite tracks and I’ve achieved a lot of success there,” said Diaz. “There’s no doubt we are ready to win a race. Indianapolis was looking great, but unfortunately the pit penalty cost us the victory. But, as always, I know the 8Star Motorsports team will turn up with a fast car right out of the box and I’m looking forward to once again fighting for that win with Sean (Rayhall).”
The 8Star Motorsports team will hope to keep the podium positions coming in the next Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship Powered by Mazda race at Road America (8-10 August).
Having secured its first outright race victory last time out at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last month (12-13 July), 8Star’s Christian Potolicchio and Lamont Harris sit inside the top eight of the championship, and are looking to improve on their standings in the fourth round of the junior sportscar series.
“I am really happy to return to Road America again this year, as we are better prepared and I have a better knowledge of the car,” said Potolicchio. “I am really happy with my new engineer, Yves Touron, we know the track much better and we expect to be in the fastest cars once again.”
Teammate Harris added: “I’m really looking forward to this weekend. This will be my fourth time racing at Road America, which is a track that has a lot of slower to mid-speed corners, which have been my weakness as of late. But I’ve been working on improving that side of my driving technique in the past few weeks, so we should go well round there. Everyone in the team is in a really good place at the moment, which bodes well for this weekend, where I’m hoping I can not only get a podium in the Masters Class, but also outright.”
This weekend’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Continental Tire Road Race Showcase’ at Road of America will be televised live on FOX Sports 1, with qualifying on Saturday at 16:20 EDT and the race Sunday at 18:30 EDT.