8Star Motorsports Plans Expansion
8Star’s No. 3 Corvette DP, which finished fourth in last month’s Grand-Am of The Americas, will continue to be driven by 2012 FIA World Endurance LMP2 champion Potolicchio and French endurance racing standout Stephane Sarrazin, with the team scheduled to take delivery of a second brand-new Pratt & Miller-built Corvette DP on April 5. The car will be ready to race beginning as early as the Chevrolet Grand-Am Detroit 200 at Belle Isle on May 31-June 1.
Plans are also being put into place for the team’s expansion into PC, a popular and cost-effective single-make prototype platform currently featured in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, and also set to be part of United SportsCar in 2014. The first of two ORECA FLM09 cars is scheduled to arrive later this month and will begin an aggressive test and development schedule prior to a possible debut towards the end of the year.
8Star will also continue to run two Elan DP02 prototypes in the IMSA-sanctioned Prototype Lites Championship this year for second-generation racers Gianncarlo and Christian Potolicchio.
“It was always our goal to be a two-car Daytona Prototype team,” Potolicchio added. “We’re looking at trying out some drivers this year on a race-to-race basis, with the goal of having a full-time lineup secured for the second car in 2014. The PC effort is more about preparing for 2014 as we have an extensive testing and driver development program planned. Along with a great start in IMSA Lites, and our upcoming FIA WEC program in association with AF Corse, I think everyone at 8Star has a lot to look forward to.”