Madison, WI (PRWEB) July 28, 2011
While NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson has been commanding headlines with his five consecutive Sprint Cup Series championships, sports car standout driver Scott Tucker has been making headlines of his own with a remarkable run of championships. But unlike Johnson, who has enjoyed consistency with his team, Tucker's championships have come with ever-changing circumstances.
The latest change, the recently announced shift to a new Honda LMP2 race car, has many pundits asking: "Why change a successful program in the middle of the year?" One only need look at the racing career to realize that Tucker's success has included numerous different cars.
Tucker, who has only been racing professionally since 2006, claimed the SCCA T-1 National Championships in 2009 and 2010. But the highlight of the 2010 season was the breakthrough performance for Tucker and his Level 5 Motorsports team in the American Le Mans Series where he earned both the driving title in the LMPC class and the series’ overall rookie of the year award.
Tucker entered the series with his Level 5 motorsports team, fielding two full-season entries. Adding to the challenge, Tucker split his driving time between the two cars — the No. 55 Oreca FLM09 and the No. 95 Oreca FLM09. With all of that in the arsenal, the goal from the outset was claiming the inaugural championship.
When Tucker and fellow drivers Christophe Bouchut, Mark Wilkins, James Gue and Ryan Hunter-Reay unloaded in Florida for the famed 12 Hours of Sebring they were ready to take on the prestigious race. After qualifying second and third they went on to claim the checkered flag in commanding fashion. The mission had kicked off with a victory in the historic race, setting the tone for a remarkable run in the ALMS.
Tucker then raced to victories at California’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Utah’s Miller Motorsports Park and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The season concluded with a commanding win in the season finale at Road Atlanta capping the amazing year.
Despite the success with the LMPC car, Tucker and Level 5 jumped to the LMP2 class in 2011 — meaning new cars to prepare. As the team embarked on an international quest, competing in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup in the 2011 season, they wasted little time finding success, including two podium finishes just four races into the season.
Given the success, it certainly raised eyebrows when the team announced yet another change. The team would pair their existing Honda motors with the Honda LMP2 chassis for the rest of the year. The mid-season move makes great sense to this champion.
“We’ve seen gains with the engine all year and the good thing is that there’s still room for development. The HPD engine and chassis combination has proven to be the best over the years. We feel very comfortable and confident in making this unprecedented and decisive move in the middle of the season,” Tucker said.
About Level 5 Motorsports
Level 5 Motorsports has fielded successful entries in GT and Prototype classes in the American Le Mans Series, GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, Ferrari Challenge Series and the Sports Car Club of America since 2008. The team has competed throughout North America and Europe, extensively in France and Spain. Team owner and driver Scott Tucker has earned three national championships and has more than 70 podium finishes and 50 victories in his driving career. Level 5 is based in Madison, Wisconsin. http://www.Level5Motorsports.com