8Star Evaluating Pirelli World Challenge Program

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

On the heels of Dyson Racing’s announcement of a factory Bentley GT3 program, another top-level sports car outfit could soon be headed to the Pirelli World Challenge as well.

Sportscar365 has learned that 8Star Motorsports is evaluating a potential PWC program, which could put orange-colored Ferrari 458 Italia GT3s on the grid in the sprint race championship later this year.

“We have a big team and need to look at other areas of racing in the U.S. as an alternative so we don’t have all of our investment in the TUDOR Championship. We can’t depend on only one series,” team owner Enzo Potolicchio told Sportscar365.

Potolicchio’s Florida-based squad currently fields a Prototype Challenge car in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and recently ordered a new Ligier JS P2, which is still on track to debut at Road America in August, for a three-race program this year.

The two-time Ferrari Challenge champion, who is kicking off 8Star’s GTE-Am title defense in the FIA WEC this weekend in an AF Corse-prepared Ferrari F458 Italia, says he has customers interested for the team’s potential expansion to PWC.

“Obviously with my experience in GT racing and my Ferrari Challenge days, I have a lot of friends that do GT,” Potolicchio said. “That’s an obvious next step who has not done it before.

“We have meetings here in Silverstone with Michelotto. We have that option. It would make the most sense to do a Ferrari unless we get approached by another another manufacturer wanting to do something.”

Potolicchio has targeted a debut by the end of the year, in order to prepare for a full-season assault in 2015.

6 Comments

  1. Anthony Thomas (@djfourmoney)

    April 17, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    I believe Enzo made this threat a few months ago too. His links to Ferrari are obvious. However there are opportunities for expansion into Pirelli World Challenge without Ferrari if they are interested in contracting with 8 Star that is.

    We do not yet have a JRM Nissan presence, nor a serious attack from Mercedes Benz or Riley/SRT.

    • Observer

      April 17, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      Looking to expand into another series is now regarded as a “threat”?

      • jc

        April 17, 2014 at 7:13 pm

        Threat? Yeah, something didn’t compute well there in translation apparently…Anyway, I find it fascinating to watch the rapid evolution of PWC: making positive announcements of new teams/cars/brands, staging good races so far, and continuing to build positive interest. Meanwhile, the other series is now way off boil, shedding teams, and, when not making apologies, reduced to making self-backslapping PR announcements that, hurrah hurrah, they didn’t f-up a race for 100 whole minutes.

        Next step for PWC is to become a stand-alone series. No endurance, just become “the show” and have other series support them.

        • Greg

          April 17, 2014 at 10:22 pm

          Yea PWC is going to explode all right, what do you think all these “new” teams are going to do when they find out they are always going to play second fiddle to the caddys?

          • Matt

            April 17, 2014 at 11:22 pm

            Get out of here dude… The Caddy’s took one race so far who cares. I love the fact that Cadillac is in the series: great diversity.

          • GT3 Racer

            April 18, 2014 at 1:59 pm

            St. Pete was won by a European team running a Lambo, LB was dominated by the factory Caddys but the Ferrari’s are coming and more favorable proper GT3 downforce circuits lay ahead. We shall see, but for me the Tudor series is becoming less interesting by the moment and PWC is the coolest thing going in North America. That said, I would prefer full GT3 fields like BES and BSS to run over here!

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