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Franchitti makes Scott Tucker’s Level 5 Team even more powerful

Author: Jesse Schwarck  //  Category: Auto News

Scott Tucker-owned Level 5 Motorsports will be the 1st American Le Mans Prototype (LMP) entry in the Le Mans circuit in 25 years, and knowing that he’s a pioneer, Tucker has made absolutely sure the team’s-and the country’s-debut in the series is established for achievement.

As soon as Tucker and mentor/co-driver Christophe Bouchut got the chance to be involved in the LMP class of American Le Mans and Intercontinental Le Mans Cup in 2010, they concluded the season having a class championship win, which in turn bumped them to the LMP2 class for that current yr. To start off the season strong, Tucker added in LMP2 expert Luis Diaz to the mix. Diax, of Mexico, had been auto racing LMP2s since 2007, when he raced a Lola B06/43-Acura for Fernandez Racing and got the class championship in ’09.

With this, Level 5 Motorsports ripped on the ALMS schedule, putting up wins at the 12 Hours of Sebring, the Long Beach Circuit and 24 Hours of Le Mans, alongside spectacular performances at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Infineon and Imola in Italy. Only improving upon from there, Tucker together with the Level 5 team gained the latest Honda chassis prototype-the HPD ARX-01g-just soon enough for the American Le Mans Series Monterey at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway. They made a podium end using the latest prototype, and it was officially identified as an LMP2 powerhouse.

Currently, Tucker for a second time stacks his deck for LMP2 competition with Marino Franchitti, being the fifth and ultimate driver for the two-car entry in the 14th annual Petit Le Mans operated by Mazda. Franchitti can become a member of Tucker, Diaz and Bouchut in the team’s No. 055 Microsoft Office-sponsored HPD ARX-01g in the 1,000-mile, 10-hour series at Road Atlanta, the pinnacle of the ALMS provided by Tequila Patron.

“I’m very excited to be joining Level 5 Motorsports for Petit Le Mans,” Franchitti proclaimed. “Having driven every iteration of the HPD up until this new model, I can’t wait to get in the new car. Level 5 is no doubt a top team that’s putting all of the resources they need behind this program.”

Additionally Tucker continues to make an impression with what lengths his sources will go. Franchitti is a serious supplement with the presently stacked team-as part of the development stages of the ARX-01a, he was one of the first drivers driving the HPD family’s wheels. He then invested 2 years auto racing LMP2s with Dyson Racing just before rejoining HPD models with Highcroft Racing as the 3rd driver for the ALMS quest. He attained the pole position at the 12 Hours of Sebring and won at Laguna Seca and Petit Le Mans, coupled with driver and team championship for Highcroft. With this year’s 12 Hours of Sebring, Franchitti was runner-up with Highcroft’s LMP1 car, the best prototype class.

Franchitti isn’t brand-new to Level 5, either; he has worked with engineers Rick Mayer and Jeff Braun. “A car is a car, and guys like Scott, Christophe and Joao [Barbosa] are good to drive it to the maximum that it’s capable of,” Franchitti says. With Level 5 Motorsports, the prospect is perfect for Franchitti attaining a hat trick of LMP2 victories in Petit Le Mans.

“We’re ecstatic to have Marino on board,” Tucker proclaimed. “With the momentum we’ve built up to this point in the season, with the boost of our new prototype, we’re optimistic for a strong performance at Petit Le Mans. Marino is an obvious choice for this team, and we’re glad to have him.”

In a few days, Franchitti will officially take the wheel as a Level 5 driver during the two-day test at Road Atlanta. The group also is expecting to have its second car at the track, an ILMC-designated No. 33 HPD. The Petit Le Mans revs up on October. 1.

To get more information about Scott Tucker, check out Planet Le Scott Tucker.

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