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8Star Motorsports Expanding

Enzo Potolicchio's new 8Star Motorsports outfit have announced a planned expansion to their current sportcar race programme. 

The team’s current single car Daytona Prototype programme is set to expand to a second Corvette DP potentially as early as the Detroit 200 at the end of May (the team take delivery of the new car early next month.

Plans are also being put into place for the team’s expansion into the ALMS PC class with the first of two ORECA FLM09 cars scheduled to arrive later this month ahead of “an aggressive test and development schedule prior to a possible debut towards the end of the year.”

In addition the team will continue to run a pair of  IMSA Lites Elan DP02s in the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship, the team made its debut in the Sebring support race last weekend with Gianncarlo and Christian Potolicchio driving.

Enzo Potolicchio

“We’re very excited about this next big step for 8Star Motorsports.  We have been encouraged with the direction of Grand-Am and the American Le Mans Series towards a unified series. With the class structure already known, it’s important to get a jump start on 2014 and build up our organization this year so we will be fully prepared for the first year of United SportsCar Racing.

"It was always our goal to be a two-car Daytona Prototype team.  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."

The new commitments for the team are being presented as a complete development ladder system for aspiring professional and gentlemen drivers wanting to compete in the top levels of North American sports car racing, both DP and PC of course have an assured future in the 2014 USCR.

“By offering rides in IMSA Lites, PC and DP, it opens up an opportunity for 8Star to develop new driver talent as well as being a perfect fit for gentlemen drivers,” said Potolicchio.  “We’re committed to making this program a success and are investing in new cars and equipment to have 8Star be a clear choice for all prospective drivers, sponsors and partners.”