Sean Rayhall finally gets his Indy Lights shot with 8Star

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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.

Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

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