Scott Tucker's experience in the Rolex Sports Car Series
In terms of sports car racing this series (Rolex Sports Car Series) is pretty new. This is because it only was formed in the year 2000 but with the name Grand American Road Racing Championship. It wasn’t until Rolex came in and sponsored the series when the current name was introduced. It has a mixture of classes in the series ranging from touring cars to Daytona Prototypes, this diverse range of cars attracts many races from all over the world. The stand out event on the calendar is the Daytona endurance event where many from all over North America go to watch it. The coverage of the event is on found on the American ‘Speed’ Channel and also Europe’s ‘Eurosport’.
Already an accomplished Ferrari Challenge driver, Scott Tucker racing car driver took the step up and joined the series in 2007 looking for a sturdy challenge for his driving skills. In his first season of the series he was forced to run only in some of the races due to other commitments but still managed to finish in an 8th position which for his rookie year was a decent result in the end and showed encouraging signs for the rookie driver.
In the Following year of 2008 he teamed up Ed Zabinski, Jack Baldwin, Martin Ragginger and Claudio Burdon. He debuted the season at the Daytona race track whilst driving a TRG Grand-Am GT Porsche, unluckily he finished 28th due to the car’s engine blowing in the 20th hour of the event, this was a low point in the race calendar. After the race Tucker then entered his self owned team (Level 5 MotorSports) to the series completing 3 races with the team alongside mate Ed Zabinski. Their best finish was an 8th position at Lowa Speedway showing a steady pace throughout the series leaving them to finish in mid table. Scott Tucker still also competed in the most of the series with the original car races including, Homestead Miama Speedway and also the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve which was based in Montreal, Canada.
In 2009 Scott Tucker recruited the vastly experienced Christophe Bouchut, the winner of the 24 hours of Le Mans back in 1993, this suited this type of racing because the majority of it was long distance/endurance. This inspired Tucker and his team to get a careers best third position at Watkins Glen International circuit which raised some eyebrows, this was a useful result for Tucker and the Level 5 MotorSports Team. Whilst he was in this series he was also racing in the Ferrari Challenge series which proves that Tucker and his team could deal with the pressures that modern day motor racing demands.
In 2010 Tucker created even more depth to his team by adding four time Champ Car World Series winner and former f1 driver Sebastian Bourdais. This was an accomplishment in itself because Bourdais had always been considered one of the best race car drivers in the world. He also brought to the team many experienced drivers such as Richard Westbrook, Sascha Maassen, Lucas Luhr, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Emmanuel Collard. The team raced in two cars using the Daytona Prototype model. The best result was again a tied sessions best with 3rd at the famous Daytona circuit, this showed his fans that the team were still up and around there and were capable of disturbing the front runners.
After the 2010 series Scott focused his team more around another championship, the American Le Mans series. This was because he wanted to focus on the main event, the 24 hours of Le Mans.