INDY LIGHTS: 8Star Commits to Two-Car Lights Program for 2015 Season

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INDIANAPOLIS – official release — In an expansion of its newly-established young driver academy, 8Star Motorsports has committed to an order for the new Dallara IL-15 open-wheeler for its 2015 campaign in the Indy Lights Series Presented by Cooper Tires.

Sanctioned by IndyCar and operated by Andersen Promotions, Indy Lights is the final stage of the Mazda Road to Indy driver development program – a three-phase ladder system that includes the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.

The Cooper Tires-backed Indy Lights Series is set to undergo significant changes in 2015, with the advent of the Dallara IL-15 open-wheeler. The new chassis, tire and engine formula has been created to enhance the growth and value of Indy Lights and a top priority for the series is to provide a cost-effective platform for teams, drivers and partners.

“I am extremely pleased to have a high-caliber organization such as 8Star Motorsports joining our series. Enzo (Potolicchio, 8Star team owner) and his team have achieved much success in the sportscar ranks, and we know they will bring a top-level program to Indy Lights,” said Dan Andersen, owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions.

“8Star has placed an order for our first Indy Lights car. It will be among the first batch of ten cars from Dallara due to be delivered mid-November and the 8Star team will evaluate drivers at the first official Indy Lights test at Sebring in December,” said 8Star Motorsports Team Manager Gary Neal. “8Star Motorsports’ 2015 plan is to run a two-car Indy Lights program and expand its successful TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Prototype Challenge campaign from one to two entries, based on customer interest. Also, under current evaluation is a P2 program. Several parties are working to unite their efforts for a solid attack on the 2015 TUDOR Championship.”

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