In the grand tradition of America motorsports versatility, Sean Rayhall has proven himself one of the sport’s premier young racing drivers. Beginning his career racing go-karts at the age of seven, Rayhall’s resume to-date is an impressive list of “youngest ever” to: win a formula car race in North America, win the Skip Barber Series and win a Skip Barber National event. He has competed and won on road courses and ovals in open wheel, prototypes, GT sports cars and stock cars earning 11 championships, 80 victories and triple-digit podium finishes… and he is yet to turn 21 years-old.
In 2015, Rayhall raced a limited schedule in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship – now the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – Prototype Challenge (PC) class. Competing in only three races, Rayhall captured one podium. In formula cars, the Georgia-native was even more successful despite an abbreviated schedule there as well. Driving in his first partial season of Indy Lights, Rayhall secured two wins – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – six top-five and eight top-ten finishes in eight race weekends, leading 53 laps on his way to finishing all events entered. The open wheel success garnered him a test day with Chip Ganassi Racing running times competitive with four-time Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon in Dixon’s own Dallara-Chevrolet. That also gave him a test with DeltaWing at Daytona International Speedway in November. He closed the year with an overall pole position in the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill where the team ran up front before retiring after the race’s midpoint.
In 2014, Rayhall made 10 starts in the PC class winning twice, taking two pole positions and finishing on the podium in 50 percent of his races. It was Rayhall’s 2013 season which gained him early career notoriety. Making his debut in the Prototype Lites Championship, the first-year prototype racer won six of 14 races, finished outside the top-three only twice, earned pole position six times and set nine fastest race laps on the way to his first sports car championship. That success gave him the chance to race in the season-closing American Le Mans Series Petit Le Mans at his home track of Road Atlanta driving to a podium finish.