Scott Tucker, Level 5 Looking Forward to 2013 Long Beach Grand Prix Weekend

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The announcement of the 2013 American Le Mans Series racing schedule brings into focus the expectation of Scott Tucker and Level 5 Motorsports who look to repeat as LMP2 Class Champions.

The Long Beach Grand Prix weekend is a popular spot on the schedule for fans of the American Le Mans Series. It is also a highly-anticipated race for Scott Tucker and his Level 5 Motorsports team. Tucker, from Kansas City, along with teammate Christophe Bouchut, overcame an incident in the early minutes of the Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach to secure their the second consecutive victory for the team as the 2012 season kicked off. That great finish has the team circling the recently announced 2013 race date on the calendar.

“We were happy to leave Long Beach with the points lead,” Tucker said. “Our goal was to win races and win another LMP2 championship. Winning two in a row got 2012 off to a great start. It could have been a lot worse. We changed the game plan and the engineers made a great call. We have to give them this one."

Following the contact at around the 20-minute mark of the 2-hour race, the David Stone-led crew kept the car in a position to win with a strategic decision.

“We had Christophe conserving fuel so we could hopefully make it to the end after that last stop,” Stone said. “That decision definitely paid off.”

Tucker and Bouchut started the race in the No. 055 Alpina Watches-sponsored Honda Performance Development ARX-03b from the LMP2 pole position. After rain forced the cancellation of qualifying, positions were awarded based on championship point standings and Level 5 secured the points lead with a win in the season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring Last month.

The team’s second entry, the No. 95, also claimed a podium finish with a third-place run. Tucker and Level 5 teammate Luis Diaz battled balance problems throughout the event but held on for a strong finish.

The rain showers that forced the cancellation of qualifying gave way to sunny skies and large crowds for the Long Beach Grand Prix weekend. The 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street course on the streets of downtown Long Beach annually produces some of the series’ most competitive racing.

“Long Beach is always a great event,” Tucker said. “The fans always have a great turnout. The weather is always perfect. We were very happy with the weekend’s efforts.”

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