POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — 8Star Motorsports conducted a successful first test of its No. 3 Corvette Daytona Prototype yesterday at Sebring (Fla.) Int’l Raceway in preparation for the June 1 Chevrolet Grand-Am 200 presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers at Belle Isle Park in Detroit.
Team owner and driver Enzo Potolicchio shared the test driving chores with Michael Valiante and Rafael Matos at the legendary Florida track’s short course.
“It was a really good day for 8Star for the amount of improvements we made during our first-ever test,” said Potolicchio. ““Stephane (Sarrazin) and Pedro (Lamy) had not driven the car before this year so everything we’ve done so far has been during a race weekend which isn’t the ideal situation. I think having Valiante here was definitely a positive because of the feedback he was able to give us from all his DP experience. The car is a lot quicker and lot easier to driver … its’ more connected front to rear. We showed a lot of speed here at Sebring and will have a better car next week at Detroit.”
Valiante is scheduled to substitute for fulltime 8Star DP driver Stephane Sarrazin at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on June 15 with co-driver Pedro Lamy. Sarrazin has prior commitments for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans that takes place the next week. Valiante and co-driver Richard Westbrook took a Corvette DP to victory last year at Mid-Ohio.
“We worked really well together and the car got better every time we went out,” said Valiante. “Hopefully, today’s test and the races between now and then will give the team a great baseline to start with and be really competitive. Enzo’s got a real drive and push to make 8Star Motorsports a top-level team and I think they’ve got all the ingredients to make a successful, championship-winning team. Now it’s just a matter of building a database of knowledge with the car and today’s test was a great start.”