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Scott Tucker and Level 5 Motorsports love the fan

Author: Jesse Schwarck  //  Category: Auto News

2011 – Competitive sports car racing isn’t really the great spectator activity that, say, football is: Soaring past a checked flag at 200 mph doesn’t leave much space for a wining dance. But motor racing followers are just as essential to motorists as football followers are to wide receivers.

Level 5 Motorsports owner and driver Scott Tucker begins and ends races together with his fans. After drivers’ conferences at races, prior to he hits the track, he heads to sign autographed memorabilia for followers. “This is where it really starts,” he has said. “Having a big fan base coming to watch you gets everybody excited and pumped up.”

The fact remains, Tucker would still race even if not a solo person arrived to watch him-which makes him the top kind of professional athlete: someone who really loves the adventure. His full dismiss for any of the rewards which could come with being as thriving as he has been, with a different story to boot, have a way of attracting visitors to the sport: What could make an investor from Leawood, Kansas enter in the arena of professional performance car racing as a 44-year-old rookie? Tucker’s account, an anomaly in an industry in which drivers have often been training for a long time by the time they hit 44, has caught the eye of the Discovery Channel, which broadcasted the feature motion picture “Daytona Dream,” about Tucker and Level 5’s 2010 quest and ultimate success of a podium finish after 24 hours of grueling, steady competition.

Supporters specifically in the country have looked to Tucker also mainly because his is the 1st Le Mans Prototype entry in the country in Twenty-five years. What made him enter in the ALMS? Not just a sponsorship or a pay boost or anything other than the belief that he just desired to, a shift that then begs the question, what’s so great about Le Mans Prototype cars? The answer will be, a lot-something Tucker has helped advertise to a group of followers that is inundated with Nascar, Grand-Am and Ferrari more so than LMP.

Actually, Tucker withdrew from a number of essential races in the 2011 year as they anticipated the concluding details on a completely new, cost-capped Honda automobile for the team. For Level 5, that was on a breakaway successful year, the vehicle had to be well worth giving up points and podium appearances. For Tucker, it absolutely was. He’d been checking up-dates for the vehicle and made the decision it was the very best model available in the LMP2 class.

“The fans are important to me because ultimately, we feel the same way about competitive sports car racing,” Tucker said. “Only, I get to be the one behind the wheel, and if I can share that with them, and they’re excited about it too, then that’s the best thing.”

Not really that Tucker is an especially challenging figure to rally behind. Not just is his history interesting and his love for the action undeniable-his record is quite darn excellent. He won his 2nd consecutive T1 division national championship for the SCCA runoffs at Road America, and in 2010, he served Ferrari as a test driver as it developed the next generation of supercar, the 599XX. In 2009, Tucker scored a single-season record of Ten victories in the Ferrari Challenge series and won the Ferrari Challenge Dealership Championship for Boardwalk Ferrari. He also won the Sports Car Club of America National Championship in a Ferrari 430.

After working his way through the Ferrari Challenge series and the Grand-Am series, Tucker, alongside advisor and co-driver Bouchut, took a way for Le Mans Prototype class competition and in 2010 won the LMP class championship, which knocked them up to the LMP2 class for 2011.

With drivers’ championships all but official this year for Tucker and Bouchut, the Level 5 Motorsports team continues to deliver action-packed, podium-worthy performances for its fans. Having stayed mostly out of the limelight, Tucker isn’t your typical sports hero, but that’s because he’s as much a fan of the sport as he is a driver in it.

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