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Level 5’s Scott Tucker Might Make History This Weekend at the SCCA Runoffs

Author: Sarah Barnes  //  Category: Auto News

Scott Tucker will attempt to make history this weekend behind the wheel of a Porsche in the SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America. If he pulls this, Tucker could be part of a selective band of drivers that have acquired 3 consecutive national championship titles at the Runoffs, perhaps the most reputable races in the united states.

Tucker contains a talent in making history. His rising star must have had a turbo engine itself-since his very first professional race in 2006 at Forty four yrs old, he’s announced himself as an high level, top-flight driver in several distinctive series in simply five-years. He was the first American to be able to drive one of Audi’s R10 prototypes in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2010. He won his class in his very first appearance in the American Le Mans Series, and in early 2011, he documented his 50th career win, a number that has quickly improved to Fifty nine since. Lately, Tucker snagged a couple of back-to-back American Le Mans Series championships following his fourth LMP2 success last weekend at the Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif.

Having won two previous national championships at the SCCA Runoffs in a Ferrari 430 Challenge car in the T1 category, Tucker has prefered a Porsche 996 twin-turbo for Friday morning’s quick, 13-lap, 40-minute race at Road America. Tucker began preparing for the appearance a few months ago by purchasing the 500-plus horsepower Porsche. Tucker’s team, Level 5 Motorsports, joined forces with Kelly Moss Motorsports to transform the Porsche into an SCCA STO class competitor. KMM’s Jeff Stone led the project, including numerous tests runs with Porsche factory driver Patrick Long.

Tucker has completed qualifying with the extreme recent Porsche, and it’s clear the vehicle is a contender. Tucker’s perfect lap was 2:16.462, which clocks in as the quickest all round time among the STO class field, earning Tucker the pole position for Friday’s battle.

“For me, personally, winning my third consecutive national championship would be an incredible achievement,” Tucker said. “I’ve worked hard for it, but it’s extremely difficult. All you can do is prepare the best way you know how and do your best on the track, and then you’ll just see where the chips fall at the checkered flag.”

Tucker has now taken part in 4 SCCA events this year with the 430 Challenge car, at Sebring International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Immediately after, he decided to embark on the Porsche project. Project Manager Ed Zabinski says the choice has estimated to be a sensible one. “We really tried to bring all of the best guys in the program,” Zabinski expressed. “I’m happy with the way it turned out. It’s developed into a reliable car, and I think we’re looking pretty good.” Zabinski is also an entrant for the Microsoft Office-sponsored car.

A victory for the SCCA Runoffs would enhance superb season Tucker and the Level 5 team have already experienced. Sandwiched in between 2 significant ALMS contests, the SCCA is a distinct set of wheels, but a victory would add to an already inspiring couple weeks for the Level 5 team. The Runoffs will crown the Sports Car Club of America’s Club Racing National Championships this weekend for the 48th year in a row. Road America’s historic 4-mile course provides the backdrop for the race considered the “Olympics” of motorsports.

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