Scott Tucker, Level 5 Anticipate Return to Team’s Home Track

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With the recently announced 2013 American Le Mans Series racing scheduled comes the announcement that Scott Tucker and Level 5 Motorsports will return to their "home" track, Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The track is the site of many highlights for the team.

The announcement of the 2013 American Le Mans Series schedule comes with the much anticipated news that Scott Tucker and Level 5 Motorsports will have the opportunity to once again race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, not far from the team’s shop in Madison. The track has been the site of many highlights for the team including three race wins in the action packed 2012 event weekend.

Scott Tucker, from Johnson County, Kansas, and Level 5 Motorsports arrived at the scenic and popular Road America track in Wisconsin last season for the team’s home race with both Level 5 Motorsports HPD ARX-03b cars entered for the four-hour race. Tucker and Christophe Bouchut competed in the No. 055 while the Kansas resident did double-duty with Luis Diaz in the No. 95. As winner of the P2 category in 2011, in the final race for the team’s Lola-Honda, Road America counts as one of the five time national driving champion’s favorite tracks. As Scott also raced a Level 5 Motorsport entry in the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites and IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge series, as well as the ALMS, the busy driver put a substantial number of laps under his belt to help bring the team quickly up to speed.

The team made the short journey from its Madison, Wis., headquarters to the classic circuit for the seventh round of the season, the Road America Road Race Showcase. The 4.05-mile, European-style layout is popular with almost everyone in the field, and features a series of single corners without tricky or technical combinations – including the notorious “Kink” – with useable curbs which can help to reduce lap time.

Road America is the highest speed (State-side) track visited by the teams and speeds of around 160mph (260kph) are reached three times a lap. With an expected P2 lap time of around 1m 55s, track time was certainly at a premium in the practice sessions leading up to the race so the team worked hard to optimize their set up as quickly as possible.

When the race got underway, there were positives to be taken from Level 5 Motorsport’s participation, despite a possible victory being thwarted by suspension failure in the closing stages of the four-race event.

A tremendous performance by Tucker, Bouchut and Diaz in the team’s two P2 HPD ARX-03b entries kept them in contention for two podium places throughout the race. In the final outcome, the No. 055 was classified third in class behind the winning Conquest Morgan-Nissan and the Dempsey Racing Lola-Judd, thus gaining 15 valuable points and retaining Tucker/Bouchut’s lead in the points’ standings. The No. 95 entry of Tucker/Diaz was classified fourth in class and 12th overall.

A sixth victory in seven races was looking to be on the cards for Tucker and Bouchut, despite a neck-and-neck battle with the No. 37 Conquest car throughout the race and some early-race contact with a GTC car. Bouchut was leading the race overall as the green flag flew after the third of four full course caution periods, however, both the No. 055 and No. 95 had to make unscheduled stops. By the time the No. 055 was able to return to the action they had lost two laps to their rivals. Tucker in the No. 95 HPD was holding second position in class.

For Tucker, the ALMS should have been the icing on the cake of a successful weekend’s racing. He took victory in the L2 class of both Cooper Tires Prototype Lites races and took a first and a second place in the two IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge races, as well as recording fastest lap.

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