Sean Rayhall won twice in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires last year and also made the podium at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; he’ll have an opportunity to repeat the Mazda Raceway feat this weekend.
The talented 21-year-old Georgia native will step back into the second Team Pelfrey Dallara IL-15 Mazda, essentially with the same team and personnel he worked with last year when it was 8Star Motorsports. This was also a track where Rayhall starred in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2014, in an 8Star Prototype Challenge class car.
Rayhall adds an Indy Lights car to his diverse range of machinery he’s driven this year, which has also included the DeltaWing prototype, a Starworks Motorsport PC car, a Graff Ligier JS P3 LMP3 car in Europe and, most outside the box, a 360 winged sprint at Plymouth Speedway outside of Road America.
“I am extremely excited to return to Indy Lights this time with Team Pelfrey IL even though it’s the same group of guys,” Rayhall said.
“It’s been a busy year for me and I am blessed to add this [Indy] Lights weekend to the schedule. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has always been a great place for me as a driver and I hope to deliver a good result for Dale [Pelfrey] and the rest of the team.”
Team manager Gary Neal expanded on the team running two cars for the first time since Toronto, the last weekend for Juan Piedrahita then alongside Garett Grist. Grist continues once again but has run as a solo act at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Watkins Glen International.
“We are excited to work with Sean again as we have had two seasons together at 8Star Motorsports and with the help of our engineer, Yves Touron we achieved several wins and many podium finishes,” Neal said. “It will be very beneficial having two cars and being able to compare notes from both drivers and to find good setup for the final two races.”