Sean Rayhall and 8Star Motorsports scored a popular win Saturday in the second of two Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires races on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
Now the young American and the Enzo Potolicchio-led team will look to raise the funding to continue beyond the road course onto the oval, for the most prestigious event of the season: the Freedom 100.
Rayhall today has launched a crowdfunding campaign via Gofundme, in order to garner additional support for the balance of the season.
Rayhall led all 35 laps in Saturday’s race two, but the 20-year-old American felt the one-hour sprint race was longer or more stressful than some endurance races he’s been a part of.
“In my head, that was longer than the six hours I’ve driven in endurance races!” Rayhall said after the race. “Jack (Harvey) was probably faster than me, but I was trying to save my tires for the end in case he got close. The restart had me nervous but I used a little trick I picked up driving Late Model (stock) cars to keep him back. After that, the only thing that was going through my head was to keep hitting my marks.”
For the driver who starred in Potolicchio’s Prototype Challenge car last year and then was poised to move up with him into Indy Lights, before they couldn’t find the budget, merely being part of the win battle was surreal enough – let alone beating everyone.
“I never expected this. Racing against guys like Max (Chilton), RC (Enerson), Ed (Jones), these guys have been doing open-wheel racing for the last five or six years, while I’ve done endurance racing. I’m inexperienced compared to them; it was an honor yesterday just to be on the podium with them so to be able to win, I’m just blown away.
“In the end, it’s another race car. It’s a switch in your head; you go from one to another, you drive different styles and push in different ways but you get to a point where you can flip it on and flip it off. But it’s very emotional: Enzo’s almost like a dad to me. He looks out for me – you don’t have very many team owners like that.”
And now, the hope is driver and team get to keep going and build on the most recent race.