Scott Tucker (racing driver)
|Born||May 5, 1962
Kansas City, Missouri
|2013 American Le Mans Series, IMSA Lites, GT3 Cup, SCCA|
|Current team||Level 5 Motorsports|
|Former teams||Kolles, Kelly Moss Motorsports, Hope Financial Racing|
|Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, KONI Challenge Series,|
|24 Hours of Le Mans career|
|Participating years||2010 -|
Level 5 Motorsports
|Best finish||10th (2011)|
Scott Tucker (born May 5, 1962 in Leawood, Kansas) is an American racing driver who competes in the American Le Mans Series 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.
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. 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. In 2009, Tucker won 10 races, the most in Ferrari Challenge history. His Boardwalk Ferrari team won the Dealer's Championship.
With the development of Level 5 Motorsports, Tucker as the team owner and management continued to compete in the Ferrari Challenge series from 2009 until present as time permits.
Rolex Sports Car Series
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. 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. Tucker and Zabinski's top finish was eighth place at Iowa Speedway. They also competed in the Rolex Sports Car Series races at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec.
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.
American Le Mans Series
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. He finished 1st in P2 for the 3rd time in a row.
24 Hours of Le Mans
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.
In 2012, Tucker competed in LMP2 and finished 14. His team finished 13 in LMP2 during the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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. 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. 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.
24 Hours of Le Mans results
Level 5 Motorsports
| Manuel Rodrigues
|Audi R10 TDI||LMP1||182||DNF||DNF|
|2011||Level 5 Motorsports|| Christophe Bouchut
|2012||Level 5 Motorsports|| Christophe Bouchut
Tucker is the chairman of Westfund, a private-equity firm. He is also an employee of AMG Services, a payday loan company. 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. The lawsuit was settled in July 2013. Tucker was not found to have committed any wrongdoing.
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- Results GRAND-AM
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- "Class Fights 'Rent-a-Tribe' Payday Loans". Courthouse News Service. Retrieved 2012-08-22.
- "FTC Charges Payday Lending Scheme with Piling Inflated Fees on Borrowers and Making Unlawful Threats when Collecting". Federal Trade Commission. Retrieved 2012-08-22.
- "Federal Trade Commission v. AMG Services, Inc.". Federal Trade Commission. July 18, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
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