POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – Eric Lux will join Tom Kimber-Smith and Michael Marsal in 8Star Motorsports’ LMPC entry for the 2014 Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida on March 13-16 at Sebring Int’l Raceway.
The team, led by Venezuelan entrepreneur and racing driver Enzo Potolicchio and its three drivers are taking part in a two-day test at Sebring this week (20-21 February).
The test is a designed as a precursor to the legendary once-around-the-clock enduro and will allow Lux, Kimber-Smith and Marsal to bed in to 8Star’s striking ORECA FLM09 LMPC prototype and the 3.74 mile Sebring Int’l Raceway.
Lux from Williamsville, N.Y., is regarded as one of the most versatile and skilled young drivers and brings with him a wealth of experience in prototypes, sportscars, stock cars and Karting that belies his age. The 25-year old demonstrated his natural aptitude for racing when he achieved two race wins and four podium finishes on his way to the 2011 American Le Mans Series LMPC title and the ‘Rookie of the Year’ crown, before finishing third in the headlining LMP1 category the following year.
He notably became the first 16-year-old to finish the classic Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and the youngest winner in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series at the age of 17. But having also scaled the 12 Hours of Sebring winners’ rostrum on two previous occasions, Lux is naturally focused on reaching the top step of the podium this time around.
“I’m thrilled to join Enzo (Potolicchio), Tom (Kimber-Smith), Mike (Marsal) and the entire 8Star Motorsports team,” said Lux. “I first met Enzo when we were teammates in the 2013 Dubai 24 Hours and I quickly realised how passionate he is about motorsport, both as a driver and Team CEO. He’s one of those people who completely commits to something; it’s always all or nothing.
“The team’s second place in the Daytona 24 Hours caught the attention of many and I believe that 8Star will continue to be a championship contender throughout the season. I finished third at Sebring in 2012 and 2013 and, while podiums are always welcome, we compete to win. I shared the third place in 2013 with Tom and I have achieved multiple podiums and race wins with Mike so I believe 8Star can go for the victory with this driver line-up.”