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Scott Tucker Could Make History at the SCCA Runoffs

Author: Jim Tobin  //  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 it off, Tucker will join an exclusive group of drivers who have won three consecutive national championship titles at the Runoffs, one of the most highly regarded races in the country.

Tucker carries a talent to make history. His rising star must have had a turbo engine itself-since his initial professional race in ’06 at Forty-four years of age, he’s declared him self as being an top notch, top-flight driver in 5 unique series within only 5 years. He was the very first American to be permitted 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 rapidly leaped to Fifty nine since. Lately, Tucker snagged a set of back-to-back American Le Mans Series championships right after his 4th LMP2 win last weekend at the Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif.

After winning 2 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 getting ready for the appearance a few months ago by buying the 500-plus horsepower Porsche. Tucker’s team, Level 5 Motorsports, joined up with forces with Kelly Moss Motorsports to change the Porsche into an SCCA STO class competitor. KMM’s Jeff Stone led the project, including a number of tests runs with Porsche factory motorist Patrick Long.

Tucker has recently accomplished being qualified with the extreme brand-new Porsche, and it’s clear the automobile has to be a contender. Tucker’s very best lap was 2:16.462, in which clocks in as the best total time among the STO class field, getting 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 taken part in 4 SCCA functions this year with the 430 Challenge car, at Sebring International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Right after, he made a decision to attempt the Porsche challenge. Project Manager Ed Zabinski says the choice has shown to be a sensible one. “We really tried to bring all of the best guys in the program,” Zabinski stated. “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 win at the SCCA Runoffs would add to the brilliant season Tucker and his Level 5 team have already experienced. Sandwiched between two important ALMS contests, the SCCA is a different set of wheels, but a victory would add to an already exciting few 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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