Venezuelan Enzo Potolicchio will be joined by a trio of former works Peugeot drivers for January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, driving for Potolicchio’s new team 8Star.
Potolicchio, who drove for Starworks Motorsports in both the Grand-Am Rolex Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2012 will take his new team to both champions, running a Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype in the Rolex Series, which begins with the race at Daytona International Speedway on January 26-27.
For the race Potolicchio will be joined by Stephane Sarrazin, Nicolas Minassian and Pedro Lamy as he tries to improve on the second place he scored with Starworks at the beginning of 2012.
Potolicchio went on to be part of the Starworks team that won the LMP2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and, with regular co-drivers Ryan Dalziel and Sarrazin, went on to win the class championship in the WEC with a race to spare.
The announcement of his own team ends the relationship with Peter Baron’s outfit, but signals a return to the Rolex Series for Potolicchio, who left the season after a controversial end to the final race of the North American Endurance Championship at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when Dalziel was spun out by Juan Montoya.
What machinery Potolicchio chooses for his team’s first WEC campaign remains to be seen, as do which drivers form the regular line-ups for both the Rolex Series and WEC seasons.