8 Star Motorsports LLC is a sports car racing team founded by racing driver Enzo Potolicchio in 2012. The team currently races in the United SportsCar Championship PC class and the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites L1.

History

2013

After a business and racing career in Venezuela Enzo Potolicchio emigrated to the US in 2011. He founded 8 Star Motorsports in November 2012.[1] 8 Star Motorsports raced full-time in the 2013 IMSA Prototype Lites season. The team fielded several Venezuelan drivers. Seventeen-year-old Christian Potolicchio scored the best results. The son of the team principal scored one podium finish and ended sixth in the final standings. The team made their debut in the PC class of the American Le Mans Series at the 2013 Petit Le Mans. Sean Rayhall and Oswaldo Negri finished the Oreca FLM09 second in class.

The team also raced in the LMGTE Am class of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship. Team principal Enzo Potolicchio and Rui Aguas raced all rounds of the championship supported by various drivers. The Ferrari 458 Italia won its class at the 2013 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and 2013 6 Hours of Shanghai. At the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans the team finished second in class. The team led several laps and finished tenth.

2014

For 2014 the team joined the newly formed United SportsCar Championship in the PC class. Sean Rayhall, graduating from the IMSA Lites, joined the team full-time. The team fielded two cars at the 2014 24 Hours of Daytona. The car driven by Enzo Potolicchio, Tom Kimber-Smith and Michael Marsal finished tenth overall, second in class.

Rayhall and Luis Diaz scored the team's first win in United SportsCar Championship at Virginia International Raceway and repeated one race later at Circuit of The Americas. 8Star finished 2nd in the PC Teams Championship.

2015

For 2015 8 Star Motorsports joined the Indy Lights ranks.[2] Scott Hargrove joined the team during pre-season testing and in the first two rounds during the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The Canadian scored a fourth and a sixth place in both races. Sean Rayhall took over the racing seat from Hargrove. Rayhall raced a partial season. The American won two races, at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and Mid-Ohio. At the end of the season 8 Star Motorsports sold all its Indy Lights assets to Team Pelfrey.[3]

In the IMSA Lites championship 8 Start Motorsports solely competed at Sebring International Raceway. Christian Potolocchio retired both races.[4]

Motorsports results

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Entrant No Car Drivers Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2013 United States 8 Star Motorsports 81 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Venezuela Enzo Potolicchio
Portugal Rui Águas
Australia Jason Bright
LMGTE Am 294 37 11
2014 United States 8 Star Motorsports 90 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 United States Frankie Montecalvo
Italy Paolo Ruberti
Italy Gianluca Roda
LMGTE Am 330 23 4

Complete Indy Lights results

Year Chassis Engine Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points Position
2015 STP STP LBH ALA ALA IMS IMS INDY TOR TOR MIL IOW MDO MDO LAG LAG D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Dallara IL-15 Mazda AER Canada Scott Hargrove (R) 4 6 34 176 14th 5th
United States Sean Rayhall (R) 12 6 2 1* 6 5 1 4 2 188 12th

References

  1. ^ "Enzo Potolicchio". LinkedIn. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  2. ^ "8STAR EXPANDS DRIVER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM WITH INDY LIGHTS COMMITMENT". Indy Lights. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  3. ^ "TEAM PELFREY EXPANDS TO INDY LIGHTS PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES". Indy Lights. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Sebring International Raceway". IMSA. Retrieved 14 November 2015.

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