MADISON, Wis., Dec. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2011 racing season got underway with a fast start as 2010 American Le Mans Series LMPC Driving Champion Scott Tucker found himself in Victory Lane in the first race of the season. While that is not unusual for the driver who has more than 60 race wins to his credit, this win may have caught on-lookers by surprise as the Level 5 Motorsports owner / driver was in a new ride: a Porsche GT3.
"It was a good clean race, really competitive," said Tucker. "There is some tough competition out there, up and down the field. My car was really going away there at the end, it was hot and greasy, but it was a great event."
Tucker, who moved to LMP2 class in the ALMS, took to the track at the famed Sebring International Raceway with the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge and quickly showed why he is among the nation's premier sports car drivers.
That great start was followed up with seven more starts in the series for Tucker, who was a regular in the ALMS and Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, along with making starts in the SCCA, Ferrari Challenge and the IMSA Prototypes Lites series. The hectic schedule is nothing new for Tucker who has competed around the globe since 2006.
"The GT3 Cup is a great series and offers great competition," Tucker said. "We were able to put together a program and run some races this year and I am really excited to be a part of this series."
The IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama features drivers racing head to head in the largest single-make series in North America. Powered by one of the world's most successful race cars, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, the multi-class structure of the series allows drivers to gain valuable seat time on some of the most challenging race circuits in the world.
Tucker has announced plans to return to the ALMS in the LMP2 class in 2012. As the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge coincides with the ALMS event weekends it is likely that Tucker will return to the track in the famed 911 race car in 2012.
About Level 5 Motorsports
Level 5 Motorsports has fielded successful entries in GT and Prototype classes in the American Le Mans Series, GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, Ferrari Challenge Series and the Sports Car Club of America since 2008. The team has competed throughout North America and Europe, extensively in France and Spain. Team owner and driver Scott Tucker has earned five national championships and has more than 70 podium finishes and 60 victories in his driving career. Level 5 is based in Madison, Wisconsin.
SOURCE Level 5 Motorsports