Scott Tucker (racing driver)

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Scott Tucker
ScottTuckerRaceCarDriver.jpg
Nationality United States American
Born May 5, 1962 (1962-05-05) (age 52)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
2014 United SportsCar Championship, IMSA Lites, GT3 Cup, SCCA
Current team Level 5 Motorsports
Former teams Kolles, Kelly Moss Motorsports, Hope Financial Racing
Wins 101
Previous series
American Le Mans Series, Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, KONI Challenge Series,
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2010 -
Teams Kolles
Level 5 Motorsports
Best finish 10th (2011)
Class wins 0

Scott Tucker (born May 5, 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American racing driver who competes in the United SportsCar Championship for Level 5 Motorsports. Tucker's early career involved private equity investing in several different fields including real estate, hotels and restaurants, internet technology, financial services, energy and automotive. He began his racing career in 2006, while maintaining the chairmanship for Westfund, a U.S.-based private equity firm.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Racing career[edit]

Ferrari Challenge[edit]

In 2006, he completed a full season in the Ferrari Challenge. His first race in March at Homestead-Miami Speedway was his third event as a sports car driver. His best result was a fifth-place finish at Portland International Raceway in Oregon. He won third place in one of two North American races at the World Finals in Monza, Italy. In 2007, Tucker participated in his second full season in the Ferrari Challenge, claiming his first career win in May at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California.

In 2008, Tucker developed Level 5 Motorsports entering the Ferrari Challenge Series as a new team owner and driver. As driver of the new team, he won six of the 13 races entered, finishing second overall in the final drivers' standings. Tucker won both of the North American races at the World Finals in Mugello.[3] In addition, the same year, Tucker expanded his and Level 5 Motorsports racing circuit by entering the team in four Rolex Sports Car Series races in a Ferrari V8 Crawford GT with Ed Zabinski.[4] In 2009, Tucker won 10 races, the most in Ferrari Challenge history. His Boardwalk Ferrari team won the Dealer's Championship.

Tucker returned to Ferrari Challenge competition in 2014, winning the opening round at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 25. It marked his 100th career victory in professional competition. [5]

Rolex Sports Car Series[edit]

Scott Tucker in a Ferrari Crawford GT

Scott Tucker began competing in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series in a partial season during the year 2007 with a best finish of eighth position at Iowa Speedway.[6] In 2008, Scott Tucker debuted in the Rolex 24 at Daytona driving a TRG Grand-Am GT Porsche in the Rolex Series driving with Ed Zabinski, Jack Baldwin, Martin Ragginger and Claudio Burton. The team finished 28th in class due to an engine failure in the 20th hour of the event.

After the Rolex 24, Tucker entered Level 5 Motorsports in 3 additional races with Ed Zabinski in the Rolex Series.[7] Tucker and Zabinski's top finish was eighth place at Iowa Speedway.[8] They also competed in the Rolex Sports Car Series races at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec.

In 2009, he teamed up with French sports car drive Christophe Bouchut and earned a career best finish of third at Watkins Glen International.

Tucker with co-drivers Richard Westbrook, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Lucas Luhr at Daytona

Tucker drove both cars at Homestead-Miami Speedway, teaming up with Bouchut in the No. 55 car. In 2010, Tucker added four-time Champ Car World Series champion Sébastien Bourdais, Richard Westbrook, Sascha Maassen, Lucas Luhr, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Emmanuel Collard to his team for the 48th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Fielding the No. 55 and No. 95 Daytona Prototypes, the team earned a podium finish in third overall and led the race for eleven laps.[9][10]

Tucker and Level 5's progress through the race was part of a documentary entitled Daytona Dream.[11]

American Le Mans Series[edit]

Tucker competed in the American Le Mans Series in 2010 alongside his campaign in the Rolex Sports Car Series, this time entered in the spec racing Le Mans Prototype Challenge (LMPC) class. As in Rolex, Tucker divides driving duties between both Level 5 cars. Tucker, along with Bouchut and new teammate Mark Wilkins, won the 12 Hours of Sebring in the LMPC category. The trio went on to win three further races during the season, at Laguna Seca, Miller, and Mid-Ohio. Tucker won the LMPC class championship and was named the American Le Mans Series Rookie of the Year.

Moving into the LMP2 category for 2011, Tucker and his Level 5 Motorsports obtained a new Lola-Honda prototypes. Tucker was part of the winning team in the 12 Hours of Sebring. Due to a lack of competitors in LMP2 class of the American Le Mans Series, Level 5 concentrated on the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup rounds in Europe.

Tucker and Level 5 returned Stateside and won three end-of-season American Le Mans Series races, including the Petit Le Mans with its new HPD ARX-01g.

In 2012, Tucker and Level 5 embarked on a full-season campaign in the ALMS P2 category with two new HPD ARX-03bs. Tucker again finished 1st in P2 at the 12 Hours of Sebring and proceeded to claim 7 more wins in the season to win the 2012 P2 championship.

In 2013, Tucker returned to Sebring in P2, winning the class for the third consecutive time and becoming one of only four drivers to have earned four straight win in the event's 61-year history. [12] Tucker went onto claim his fourth ALMS drivers' championship after scoring eight class wins in ten races, including his fourth consecutive win at Petit Le Mans as well. [13]

United SportsCar Championship[edit]

Tucker won the 2014 Daytona 24 Hours in the GT Daytona class in the No. 555 Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 with co-drivers Jeff Segal, Townsend Bell, Bill Sweedler and Alessandro Pier Guidi, despite the car having initially been handed a penalty for deemed late-race avoidable contact. IMSA reversed the call more than four hours after the race, declaring the No. 555 car the winners in GTD. [14] The Daytona win came on the 60th anniversary of Ferrari racing in America. [15]

24 Hours of Le Mans[edit]

Tucker and Level 5 teammate Christophe Bouchut were able to join the driver line-up of the German Kolles team for the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving one of two diesel-powered Audi R10 TDIs. The two, joined by Frenchman Manuel Rodrigues, failed to finish the race.

In 2011, Tucker scored his first career Le Mans podium result, combining with co-drivers Christophe Bouchut and João Barbosa in Level 5 Motorsports' Lola B11/80 Honda Coupe for a third place finish in LMP2. The result came in Level 5's debut race as an entrant in the race.[16]

In 2012, Tucker competed in LMP2 and finished 14. His team finished 13th in LMP2 during the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans.

SCCA[edit]

In 2006, Tucker entered his first sports car race in February, driving a Subaru at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. He switched to a Ferrari and earned his first career victory in his third SCCA race at Texas Motor Speedway near Dallas. After crashing in June at Heartland Park Topeka, he competed in four additional SCCA races, as well as three addition SCCA races in 2007.

In 2008, he competed in four SCCA events in a Ferrari 360 and set the track record in La Junta, Colorado for fastest lap in the Touring 1 Class.[17] In October, he placed third in the SCCA Runoffs in Topeka and teammate Zabinski finished first. It was the first time in history that two Ferraris had finished in the top three of the SCCA National Championship.

In 2009, Tucker was the national title holder at the SCCA Runoffs Hawk Performance Touring 1 race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.[18] He won the class again in 2011. Tucker won his first SCCA Trans-Am Series race (in the TA2 class) in August 2011 at Road America.[19]

Software engineering career[edit]

Tucker is the founder and CEO of Sentient Technologies, a provider of loan origination software.[20]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2010 Germany Kolles
United States Level 5 Motorsports
France Manuel Rodrigues
France Christophe Bouchut
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 182 DNF DNF
2011 United States Level 5 Motorsports France Christophe Bouchut
Portugal João Barbosa
Lola B11/80-HPD LMP2 319 10th 3rd
2012 United States Level 5 Motorsports France Christophe Bouchut
Mexico Luis Díaz
HPD ARX-03b LMP2 240 DNF DNF
2013 United States Level 5 Motorsports Australia Ryan Briscoe
United Kingdom Marino Franchitti
HPD ARX-03b LMP2 242 NC

Personal life[edit]

Tucker grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and studied business administration at Kansas State University. Tucker is married and has two daughters.[21]

In 1991, Tucker was convicted of felony mail fraud and making false statements to a bank.[22] He was imprisoned for a year at Leavenworth federal prison.[22][23]

Tucker is the chairman of Westfund, a private-equity firm.[1] He is also an employee of AMG Services, a payday loan company that is reported to use tribal entities for collection purposes.[21][22]

In April 2012, the Federal Trade Commission filed a civil suit against AMG Services, Scott Tucker and others alleging that AMG engaged in illegal business tactics.[24] The lawsuit was settled in July 2013.[25] Tucker was not found to have committed any wrongdoing.[25] In May 2014, a U.S. grand jury subpoenaed AMG Services as part of a criminal probe conducted by the office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, reportedly looking at possible violations of statutes covering wire fraud, money laundering and racketeering.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Baime, A.J. (July 29, 2010). "Racing's One-in-a-Million Story: After taking up the sport just four years ago, a 48-year-old American makes history at Le Mans". The Wall Street Journal. 
  2. ^ "ALMS: Scott Tucker’s Bucket List". auto-racing.speedtv.com. 
  3. ^ "Matos Joins Potent Supercar Life Level 5 Motorsports Lineup". Grand-am.com. January 15, 2009. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Scott Tucker News". News.speedtv.com. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Scott Tucker earns 100th career race win at Daytona". Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ "First Race For Level 5 Ferrari V-8 Crawford GT a Success". Grand-am.com. April 4, 2008. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Scott Tucker Bio". grand-am.com. GRAND-AM Road Racing. Archived from the original on November 8, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Iowa Speedway Results". Grand-am.com. July 14, 2007. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  9. ^ Results GRAND-AM
  10. ^ "Westbrook drives to Podium finish in Rolex Daytona 24hrs - Richard Westbrook". Richardwestbrook.co.uk. February 19, 2010. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Daytona Dream". IMDB. 
  12. ^ "Level 5, Tucker Take Fourth Consecutive Sebring Win". Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Champions in Five Classes - 2013 ALMS". Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  14. ^ DiZinno, Tony. "Level 5 Wins Rolex 24 in GTD after Penalty Overtuned". Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Ferrari in America at 60: Racing highlights, 1993-2014". AutoWeek.com. AutoWeek. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "AUTO RACING - LE MANS: Audi Wins Le Mans Thriller". Auto-racing.speedtv.com. June 12, 2011. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Continental Divide Region SCCA - LAJ Track Records". Scca-cdr.org. June 21, 2010. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  18. ^ "AUTO RACING - SCCA: 2009 Runoffs Ends In Style". Auto-racing.speedtv.com. September 28, 2009. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  19. ^ Ebben Captures Hometown Trans-Am Series Win at Road America, SCCA Trans Am Series, August 20, 2011, Retrieved August 24, 2011
  20. ^ "Kansas City 2014 Hack Midwest Event". This is KC. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  21. ^ a b Armen Keteyian (September 26, 2011). "How "payday" lenders pull off crippling rates". cbsnews.com. CBS News. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  22. ^ a b c "Class Fights 'Rent-a-Tribe' Payday Loans". Courthouse News Service. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  23. ^ Scholl, Christopher (March 21, 2014). "How Silicon Valley and Wall Street Investors Profit From 300% Interest". WhoWhatWhy. Archived from the original on March 25, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  24. ^ "FTC Charges Payday Lending Scheme with Piling Inflated Fees on Borrowers and Making Unlawful Threats when Collecting". Federal Trade Commission. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  25. ^ a b "Federal Trade Commission v. AMG Services, Inc.". Federal Trade Commission. July 18, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  26. ^ Raymond, Nate (May 5, 2014). "Payday lender AMG Services subpoenaed in criminal probe". The Columbus Dispatch. Archived from the original on May 25, 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 

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