POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – Buoyed by the success of its sportscar program, 8Star Motorsports will begin a 2015 campaign in the revamped Indy Lights Series with the all-new Dallara IL-15.
Team owner Enzo Potilicchio has already established a pipeline for talent, with young drivers such as Sean Rayhall learning their craft and moving up the ranks in the junior IMSA Lites sportscar category to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, in both the Daytona Prototype (DP) and Prototype Challenge (PC) classes.
Potolicchio is keen to extend his young driver academy by bringing on more young, talented drivers who wish to pursue a career in single-seaters.
“It’s a natural step for 8Star Motorsports, which has the expertise and state-of-the-art facilities to extend its operation,” he said.
“And with the new Indy Lights cars coming for 2015, this is a perfect time for us to take up the challenge. We will be searching for young drivers focused on the road to the IndyCar Series and will be looking for drivers from both Europe and Asia who are wanting to build a career in the USA, as well as providing opportunities for North and South American racers to familiarize themselves with the Indy ladder. Of course, it goes without saying that 8Star will provide a completive package for talented drivers wherever the come from.”
8Star Motorsports team manager, Gary Neal thinks the new Indy Lights car is a viable alternative to GP2 or World Series by Renault (WSR) for drivers moving up from Formula 3 or GP3, or those looking for a change of direction.
“Formula 1 is such an unachievable dream for so many these days, whereas IndyCars is much more achievable in terms of budget and opportunity,” Neal said. “The new Indy Lights program offers drivers a real shot at the big time and a sustainable career.”