Leawood racer Scott Tucker wins at Circuit of the Americas
Austin, TX -- Scott Tucker of Leawood rebounded from a recent crash to take first place in the P2 classification at Saturday’s American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA). Tucker, who is lead driver and owner of Level 5 Motorsports racing team, finished third overall in the ALMS race with co-driver Ryan Briscoe.
Tucker and Briscoe had retired from the previous ALMS race, the Baltimore Grand Prix, when Tucker was involved in a crash in the early seconds of that event.
Level 5 teammates Marino Franchitti and Guy Cosmo finished fourth overall and second in P2. This gave Level 5 yet another 1-2 finish in the P2 classification. It also put three Level 5 drivers in the top positions in the ALMS points championship. Franchitti is currently at the top of the P2 drivers race, with Cosmo and Tucker in second and third respectively. Level 5 is at the top of the team competition, having won seven of the eight ALMS races this season. With only two races remaining, Tucker’s team looks to win a fourth team championship and seems guaranteed to have one of its drivers finish on top.
Guy Cosmo had the class pole position at the start of the race and the lead against Tucker. After the first pit stops, Briscoe took the class lead. After the final pit stop round, Franchitti took the lead and set the fastest lap of the race for P2, but was forced to another stop with a possible punctured tire. Briscoe took the checkered flag for himself and co-driver Tucker. This is the second win in ALMS for Briscoe this year. Tucker now has five victories this season and a total of 23 ALMS wins in his career. Tucker won for the fifth time this year.
“The team performed flawlessly today. Our strategy went as planned and as expected,” said team owner Tucker, “Ryan drove a fantastic race, as well as Marino and Guy. I was able to do my job in the first stint. Overall, it wasn't very dramatic for us, which was nice. We had some of the normal struggles with traffic, but beyond that, it was a normal race for us.”
Briscoe and Tucker were driving a brand new car. Their previous vehicle was damaged in the crash in Baltimore, forcing Honda to build a new HPD ARX-03b lead car for the team.
"The engineers and everybody had done such a phenomenal job preparing and giving us unbelievable race cars,” said Briscoe after the race, “I'm really happy to get back on top of the podium with Scott. We've had some bad luck lately. We had a brand new car here after Baltimore and there were no reliability issues at all. It was a picture perfect weekend."
Tucker and Level 5 Motorsports will next race at the Oak Tree Grand Prix at the Virginia International Raceway. That race will take place October 5th and will be followed by the final race of the season, the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on October 19th. That will mark the end of ALMS as next year the series merges with the Grand-Am series to create the new United Sports Car Championship.
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