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Mazda Road to Indy Switches Focus from Iowa Oval to Toronto Streets

TORONTO, Ont., Canada (July 12, 2017) – One of the many attributes of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel development ladder is the variety of challenges it places upon young drivers who are intent upon pursuing a career in the premier category of open-wheel competition in North America, the Verizon IndyCar Series. At no time during the season is that more apparent than this week.

Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42 Published in Press Releases

Mazda Road to Indy Open-Wheel Rising Stars Head to Toronto Streets

#MRTInews • #IndyLights • @ProMazda • @honadindy • @USF2000 • PALMETTO, Fla. (July 13, 2016) –The Mazda Road to Indy is set to provide some thrilling action this weekend as all three steps on the open-wheel development ladder – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda – will hold a pair of races on the demanding Exhibition Place street circuit in downtown Toronto, Ont., Canada in support of the Honda Indy Toronto.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 12:22 Published in Press Releases

Canadian Hargrove impresses in 8Star Indy Lights debut at St. Pete's‏

@8starmotor  * @Scott_Hargrove * ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The Mazda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Peninsula Pipeline introduced the partnership between Scott Hargrove and 8Star Motorsports. It was an impressive debut in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires for the partnership. The number 8 machine and Hargrove showed good chemistry and managed to finish in fourth and sixth position in race one and two respectively.

After qualifying with a time of 1m05.922s, Hargrove started race one in fourth position only six tenths away from pole. Immediately in turn one the young Canadian driver lost some ground dropping to sixth but promptly gained back fourth position in turn two. For the remainder of the race he kept his position and exposed his toughness by fending off fellow Pro Mazda graduate Kyle Kaiser.

Race two was also a test of Hargrove's fortitude behind the wheel. Driving the brand-new Dallara IL-15 chassis and 2.0-liter turbocharged Mazda MZR-R engine, Hargrove was the protagonist of another intense duel. Throughout the 45-lap race, the young Canadian's potential was on full display and in a close battle for sixth position, he emerged as the winner against Matthew Brabham.

It was a pleasing experience all weekend for Hargrove as he stated, "Hats off to everyone at 8Star Motorsports, we put a deal together for St. Petersburg less than two weeks ago and straight out of the trailer we were quick. The BC Pit Crew car looked the part and I'm thrilled to have battled at the front, coming away from my first Indy Lights weekend with a 4th place finish. I'm hopeful we will be able to find more partners to join our team, allowing us to race in the historic streets of Long Beach."

Overall it was a great start for Hargrove and 8Star Motorsports, said Team Manager Gary Neal, "The level of performance was very tight which doesn't leave much room for astounding moves unless there was an accident or mistakes. Weather was nice,a good race, but we're still learning the car and missed a couple of tests so we're playing catch-up a little bit. Its all very close so we're optimistic for the future, especially if we can have Scott with us as well."

The optimism was also shared by team owner Enzo Potolicchio who stated that "It was a good start for us and Scott, we hope that we will be able to extend this partnership and make it a durable and prolific one."

The partnership between 8Star Motorsports and Scott Hargrove ended after these first two rounds of the championship in St. Petersburg, but all efforts are being made to extend it for as long as possible throughout the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season. The main goal right now is to fill the seats for the third round of the Indy Lights championship in the Streets of Long Beach.

For more information please visit our website at and keep up to date via Twitter @8starmotor and Facebook at our 8Star Motorsports page. 

About 8Star Motorsports: 8Star Motorsports ( was founded in November 2012 by championship sports car driver Enzo Potolicchio. Based in Pompano Beach, Fla., 8Star competes in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, FIA World Endurance Championship, Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and IMSA-sanctioned Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship.


Monday, 30 March 2015 09:04 Published in Results & Points

Scott Hargrove Tops The Charts In Official Indy Lights Practices at PBIR‏

Pompano Beach, Fla. (January 14, 2015) – Scott Hargrove and 8Star Motorsports among the fastest throughout the two official Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Practice days at Palm Beach International Raceway. (January 13-14).

Thursday, 15 January 2015 13:36 Published in Press Releases

Canada's Hargrove First to Test 8Star's Indy Lights Racer‏

@Scott_Hargrove • @IndyLights • @8starmotor • Scott Hargrove will be one of the first to be assessed for a drive with 8Star Motorsports in the 2015 Indy Lights Series Presented by Cooper Tires in an official test at Palm Beach International Raceway, Florida on Wednesday (17 December).

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 19:23 Published in Press Releases

Canadian Zack Meyer Finishes Eighth in Indy Lights at Sonoma‏

Sonoma, Cali. (August 24, 2014) – Despite a 6.0 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter mere miles from Sonoma Raceway, the final race of the 2014 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season went off without a hitch on Sunday.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 09:31 Published in Driver and Team Releases


Toronto, Ont. (July 16, 2014) –Some racers never get the opportunity to race in front of their hometown fans. This weekend, Zack Meyer will take to the track on the biggest motorsports stage in all of Canada, racing in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires competition on the streets of Toronto as part of the Honda Indy Toronto.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 19:48 Published in Driver and Team Releases

PFC Brakes Announced as Official Supplier for the 2015 Indy Lights Series

(CLOVER, SC) May 27, 2014 — PFC Brakes is proud to be the official brake supplier for the 2015 Indy Lights Series and will be featured on the Dallara IL-15 car. The new PFC full brake package utilizes purpose built, shape optimized 6-pot Monobloc calipers, PFC discs with patented slot pattern, and PFC race pads.

Monday, 16 June 2014 16:19 Published in Industry News & Products

Zack Meyer Equals Season Best Result in Legacy Indy Lights Doubleheader 100

Leeds, Ala. (April 27, 2014) – After qualifying a somewhat disappointing ninth on Friday, 21-year-old Canadian Indy Lights racer Zack Meyer knew he had two opportunities to try and work his way up the order in the first doubleheader weekend of the 2014 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season.

Monday, 28 April 2014 12:30 Published in Results & Points

Andersen Promotions Announces Partnership With Canada's Race Energy

PALMETTO, Fla. (March 18, 2014) - Andersen Promotions today announced a new partnership with Delta, B.C., Canada-based Race Energy, a designer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art power conversion solutions for motorsports.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 14:42 Published in Press Releases

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