Indy Lights: 8Star officially confirms Hargrove for St. Pete opener

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8Star Motorsports has officially confirmed Scott Hargrove will race for the team in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires opener, as both driver and team make their respective series debuts.

Hargrove is confirmed, for the moment, for the St. Petersburg race weekend only. Enzo Potolicchio’s team has two chassis but is only racing one at St. Petersburg.

“This partnership with BC Pit Crew and 8Star Motorsports is a very exciting opportunity that I can not wait to make the most of,” Hargrove said in a release.

“It has been great to work with the team and the new Dallara IL-15. 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.”

Potolicchio added, “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.”

The Canadian is a two-time champion of other series, having won the USF2000 championship in 2013 and the Porsche GT3 Canada title a year ago. He came up just shy of the Pro Mazda title to Spencer Pigot a year ago.

The Indy Lights field for St. Petersburg figures to include the 12 cars that have tested at a single time this year, plus Matthew Brabham’s second Andretti Autosport entry (confirmed earlier this week) and at least one Team Moore Racing entry. Carlin Racing is yet to name a second driver for its team, alongside Ed Jones.