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New Car for Scott Tucker has Immediate Success

Author: Katherine Waters  //  Category: Auto News

The Level 5 Motorsports team’s 2011 season has shown it a versatile, prominent team stocked with skills, skill and perseverance. Commanding the podium in the majority of the competitions it entered-including winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and podium at Imola and Sebring, among others-is evidence that the Scott Tucker-owned, Microsoft Office-sponsored team found a winning method in its schedule, race strategy and drivers, including Tucker, Luis Diaz and Christophe Bouchut. When they began the last quarter of an already mind-blowing season with the ModSpace American Le Mans Monterey provided by Patron mid-September, all their ducks appeared to be in a row: their formula had been proven consistantly as dependable for an effective winning effort. But this race comprised one wild card, or wild car, as the case might be-the team would finally debut the HPD ARX-01g they had announced they were switching to mid-season.

The Level 5 team anticipated the automobile to be a beneficial multiplier for their already winning equation, but as is the situation in racing, they also knew always to expect the unanticipated. For another team, the possibility and risk of stepping into a completely new automobile so near to the season’s most significant races could mess up drivers and the team’s rhythm, but Level 5 is comprised of drivers who have experience not merely adapting to car changes but also in motor racing alone.

“Experience counts,” said Christophe Bouchut before the ModSpace race. “We’ve worked hard to prepare for this race, but it’s still brand new and there are still things to check.” The team opened up the gearbox for assessment, sitting out of a final practice session to familiarise themselves with the brand new automobile as much as possible before its 1st run. Still, Bouchut was right: A car can be looked over again and again, and the race strategy can be cemented into the drivers’ minds, but there comes a time for drivers when lessons from earlier race knowledge gets control with a sort of gut instinct and sensibility that can’t be taught.

Tucker is the least seasoned driver on the Level 5 team, but what he lacks in years driving he makes up for with a brilliant learning curve that barely existed to begin with. A beginner in 2006 when he was 44, Tucker displayed natural talent and astonishing skill in the Ferrari Challenge Series before he made Level 5 Motorsports and began developing a dream team of individuals. As the seasons advanced, Tucker began seeing his first major success. In 2009, he won the Sports Car Club of America National Championship. Later on, he was the very first American to drive one of Audi’s V-12 turbodiesels in a competition, during the 24 Hours of Le Mans. His passion for motorsports joined with an unrelenting pursuit of excellence-which has caused him to maintain an ultra-disciplined health and fitness routine and also a grueling, three-series race schedule-have catapulted his brief career into the territory of his counterparts, whose initial races weren’t too long after their first birthdays.

Christophe Bouchut, part of the Level 5 dream team, is amongst the best endurance drivers throughout the world. His victories have included the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. He has also won several Porsche Carrera Cup France championships, three FIA GT titles and a FFSA GT championship. He is the only triple FIA GT champion in history. Bouchut has been driving with Tucker’s Level 5 team since 2008, adding his experience to Tucker’s burgeoning motorsports empire and becoming a fundamental element of the team’s success.

Luis Diaz drove in the Toyota Atlantic and Indy Lights Series from 1999 to 2003 before moving to the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car series in 2004 when he co-drove the No. 01 car with former Champ Car competitor Scott Pruett for Chip Ganassi Racing. A few years later, Diaz moved again, this time into the American Le Mans Series, driving an LMP2 Lola B06/43-Acura for Fernandez Racing, and won the class championship in 2009. Diaz was also named Most Popular Driver that year. Diaz’s experience with Level 5 Motorsports is limited just to the 2011 season, but his familiarity with the LMP2 cars has without doubt been crucial to the ever-changing team.

Level 5 Motorsports continues to operate on a near-perfect mix of technique, passion, skill and experience. The cohesive blend of the drivers’ experience has established the team as dominant frontrunners in multiple series and allowed the 2011 momentum to go on with the latest HPD ARX-01g vehicle.

Level 5 Motorsports, owned by 5-time National Champion Scott Tucker is a team comprised of Champions. Our presence is well-known atop podiums at racing circuits the world over, including 6 wins in the prestigious American Le Mans Series Scott Tucker

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