When 8Star Motorsports announced its program in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship this season, logic would have dictated the team’s standout driver from the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Sean Rayhall, would have moved up with them.
Alas, despite a seat fit and signs pointing to him having the shot, he was unable to strike a deal ahead of the season-opening round at St. Petersburg. The Enzo Potolicchio-led team made it to St. Pete with Scott Hargrove, another talented young prospect, who had done well in winter testing.
But Rayhall will get his first shot this weekend, in 8Star’s entry for the pair of races at Barber Motorsports Park, for what both hope will be the first of many more weekends together in the series.
“I am so excited to have this chance to be back with 8Star Motorsports and to make my Indy Lights debut. I am very fortunate to have Bass Egg and Edvisors who believed in me to put together the funding for this event. I am beyond grateful for their efforts! ,” Rayhall said in a team release. “I am really looking forward to get back on track at Barber where I have had experience before and get my first laps in the Dallara IL-15!”
Added team manager Gary Neal, “After a succesfull 2014 season with Sean, it is good to have him back, this time in the 8Star Motorsports Indy Lights. Even though we missed the Long Beach race and lost a little room against the other teams, we are now back on track with Sean (Rayhall) and his effort to be at Barber. Sean is very talented and we will work hard in the practices leading up to the race to make him as comfortable as possible in the car and have a good, clean race.”
The Rayhall confirmation will leave the Indy Lights field at Barber at either 12 or 13 cars, depending now if Andretti Autosport confirms Matthew Brabham for a third consecutive weekend. The series is yet to release the entry list.