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Sean Rayhall finishes in 2nd place at Indianapolis GP for first podium in Indy Lights

41BK0830Pompano Beach, FL, May 8, 2015 – Sean Rayhall and 8Star Motorsports finish in second place in race one of the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tire race one at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rayhall accomplished his first second place finish and podium in only his third race in the Dallara IL-15.

The 20-year old, who qualified in third place with a time of 1m15.318s, had a great start in race one, quickly jumping into second place and almost completing the pass for first place in turn one. Rayhall used all his experience at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to keep second position until the end of the race over both Carlin Racing cars.

“I have no words to explain this feeling. It was a great race I have to thank 8Star Motorsports, Edvisors, Bass Egg, and everyone that has made it possible for me to participate in the Indy Lights championship. The team worked really hard and the car was amazing out there. Now we have to concentrate on race two,” said an emotional Sean Rayhall.

“I am really proud of Sean (Rayhall) and all of the 8Star Motorsports team! After only three races with Sean in the car we have accomplished this second place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Now we have to focus on race two tomorrow (Saturday) and try to finish in the podium once again,” said team owner Enzo Potolicchio.

Race two at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be Saturday at 1:25pm and you can follow it through http://www.indylights.com/results/live-timing and the Mazda Road to Indy app.

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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Rough weekend to start the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda season for Potolicchio

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Pompano Beach, FL, March 20, 2015- After a promising third place qualifying, Christian Potolicchio was unable to achieve his first career win at Sebring International Raceway for the season opener of the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda.

As the top-returning driver into the 2015 season, Christian Potolicchio entered the 2015 Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda with a high benchmark and equally high aspirations. After finishing third in the 2014 Championship, the young Venezuelan driver is within his own right to set his goal for the year – win the championship. Christian’s father and experienced sports car driver, Enzo Potolicchio has been the foundation for his success, “We are working very closely with Christian to be one of the fastest out there this year.”

In race one, Christian started with great pace jumping up to second place and quickly pursuing Koch for the top spot. Potolicchio was involved in a great battle for second place when an unfortunate crash in turn 17 ended his hopes for the podium.

In race two, Potolicchio encountered another great opportunity by starting fourth on the grid. Unfortunately for Christian, the car had some complications due to the first crash and didn’t cooperate with his aspirations. A quick exit in turn 1 ended his hopes for a podium finish in the second race.

“I had high hopes coming into this race, but unfortunately a crash in the first race ended our podium hopes for the weekend here at Sebring,” said Christian Potolicchio. “Now we have to concentrate and work hard on the next race at NOLA Motorsports Park which will be a new track for me.”

The industry leading 8Star Motorsports team has designed and developed a multi-step competitive ladder to aid prospective endurance racers make valuable progress in their careers. Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda provides these young drivers with the opportunity to showcase their potential in entry-level high-downforce machinery before stepping up to the headlining TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

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8Star Motorsports gearing up Scott Hargrove for Indy Lights Season Opener

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Pompano Beach, FL, March 20, 2015 – We are pleased to announce the partnership between 8Star and 2014 Rookie of the Year and IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Canada series champion Scott Hargrove for the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season opening races at the Firestone St. Petersburg Grand Prix March 28-29, 2015.

Indy Lights, the third and final step on the Mazda Road to Indy, will boast a modernized display this year, with a fresh and different face than fans and drivers have been used to. Scott Hargrove will be driving 8Star’s #8 Dallara IL-15 open-wheeler, which will be replacing the former spec chassis.

“This partnership with BC Pit Crew and 8Star Motorsports is a very exciting opportunity that I can not wait to make the most of,” said Canadian born Hargrove. “It has been great to work with the team and the new Dallara IL-1. Our pace is very promising and we have no other intentions but to run up front and go for the win. The St. Petersburg Grand Prix is one of my favorite races of the year, the atmosphere is great and the track is a blast to drive. The Indy Lights series looks to be on a real high and I hope to be in the car for the remainder of the season.”

“We are very happy to confirm Scott Hargrove for the Indy Lights 2015 season opener at St. Pete. Without underestimating the level of talent in this new Indy lights, we have developed the car very well and have tested for a competitive time so far. Scott (Hargrove) has been a pleasure to work with and we are eager to get out there soon,” stated team manager Gary Neal.

This is a new territory so far and Team owner Enzo Potolicchio has high praise for the young Canadian driver stating: “We don’t expect St. Pete’s to be easy but we are confident in this partnership and excited about the state-of-the-art Indy Lights cars this year. Scott (Hargrove) has proven to be the real deal winning 2014 Rookie of the Year and series runner-up in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires Championship. We have a strong belief that he is ready to take on this new challenge and hopefully we can have him for the rest season.”

Fans are invited to follow the action in St. Petersburg via a multitude of platforms: live on INDYCAR.com, indycarradio.com, the INDYCAR app from Verizon, as well as IMS Radio Network on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. There will also be a delayed broadcast on television through NBC Sports in the United States and SportsNet in Canada.

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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Scott Hargrove tops the charts in official Indy Lights Practices at PBIR

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Pompano Beach, Fla. (January 14, 2015) – Scott Hargrove and 8Star Motorsports among the fastest throughout the two official Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Practice days at Palm Beach International Raceway. (January 13-14).

Young driver Scott Hargrove was at the top of the charts throughout the two official Indy Lights test days on-board of the #8 8Star Motorsports debuting Indy Lights. Canadian-born Hargrove dominated most of the sessions, improving each and every session and finishing on top on two of the three free practices.

Hargrove posted a time of 1m06.860s which put him in first in practice day one’s session two, improving from a 1m09.253s which he posted in session one. Practice day two came which much improvement for the Canadian driver, as he lead the way with a 1m05.504s best time only topped by Kyle Kaiser in the No. 18 Indy Lights.

“I feel right at home within the team and it showed on the track today. Every change we’ve made is in the right direction, improving the car alongside our engineer. Topping the timing sheets is a nice bonus and I’m very confident we can continue the trend as we continue to work on this new Indy Lights car,” said Hargrove after topping the charts at PBIR.

“This was our second test working with the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship runner-up Scott Hargrove, and he continues to impress with his very quality feedback on the car and the Cooper Tires,” said team Manager Gary Neal. “Overall we are very impressed with the new Dallara IL-15 as it is a very well designed car with many options for the driver and the engineer to manipulate and optimise performance. We are confident that we can be a title contender, however the competition is tight and it will only get more intense as the season starts.”

“We are incredibily satisfied with the two days of practice, as our engineer was able to accomplish his test plan and we were able to collect the data necessary to continue to develop our Dallara IL-15 Indy Lights. Scott (Hargrove) adapted really well to the car and was able to work closely with the team, we are really impressed with his performance,” said team owner Enzo Potolicchio. “8Star is a recognized team in the world of Endurance racing that has many years of Indy Car and Formula 1 experience, and our expectation is to accomplish great results in our first Indy Lights season.”

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