April 17, 2014 — team release — IMSA photo — POMPANO BEACH, FL — Mexico’s Luis Diaz has joined the 8Star Motorsports lineup for the remaining sprint races in the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, beginning with the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on May 4.
Diaz joins Enzo Potolicchio’s 8Star Motorsports team alongside young Atlanta charger Sean Rayhall. The new teammates will partner for the first time in the two-hour TUDOR Championship race around the 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit.
“Last year I won the Laguna Seca LMPC race so returning there for my first event of 2014 gives me a lot of confidence,” Diaz said. “Since I’m only running a partial schedule, my goal will be to fight for the victory everywhere we go and help 8Star score as many points as possible.”
The 36-year old from Mexico City has accumulated some impressive results in prototypes, most notably racing to the 2009 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón LMP2 title.
Driving for Fernandez Racing, Diaz won eight races and three pole positions. He drove for Level 5 Motorsports in 2011-12, winning four LMPC races, including the 2011 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida. Last year he ran in two races for PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports, winning at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
He raced with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates in 2005-06 GRAND-AM Rolex Series competition, finishing second in the Daytona Prototype championship both years with co-driver Scott Pruett. The pair won three races in 2005 and five races in 2006, helping Ganassi Racing to the DP team championship in ’06.
Diaz had a prolific karting career before racing extensively in open-wheel competition and then building solid foundations in America’s highest-profile prototype and sports car contests.
“I want to thank Enzo Potolicchio and 8Star Motorsports for giving me this fantastic opportunity,” Diaz said. “The team is, without doubt, one of the top sports car operations out there and I fully expect Sean (Rayhall) and I to fight for race wins everywhere we go. I’m also very proud to carry sponsorship from Takis, as it is a leading Mexican brand that will be very important for the team and for the series in the future.”