Scott Tucker Bio
BORN: Kansas City, MO
LIVES: Las Vegas, NV and Aspen, CO
OCCUPATION: Investor, Racing Team Owner / Driver
Kansas City Native
Level 5 Motorsports owner/driver Scott Tucker is a nine-time national sports car racing champion. He is a self-proclaimed sports car fanatic who has won championships with Ferrari, Porsche, and Honda. Currently, he is one of Ferrari’s next-generation supercar test drivers.
In a profile printed in the international daily newspaper, The Wall Street Journal, Scott Tucker has been called “Racing’s One-in-a-Million Story.” Interestingly enough, Scott Tucker began his racing career relatively late in life, staring in 2006 when he was 44 years old.
Snippet from The Wall Street Journal:
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
Competing for the first time at Le Mans on a tricky twisting circuit in front of 240,000 spectators, Mr. Tucker handled the pressure admirably. He cracked 200 mph on his first lap and from there, during six hours behind the wheel, posted consistent times in the neighborhood of three minutes, 35 seconds, which put him squarely in the middle of the pack among some of the world’s top drivers.
It’s impressive enough that Mr. Tucker, at 48 years old, fulfilled a lifelong dream by racing at Le Mans, a 87-year-old event that’s considered the Super Bowl of international sports car racing. He also became the first American to pilot one of Audi’s multi-million dollar V-12 turbodiesels in competition.
But here’s what’s really remarkable about Mr. Tucker: Until four years ago, the wealthy private investor from Leawood, Kan., had never stepped on a racetrack or sat behind the wheel of a racing car. “He has to be a natural or he couldn’t do that,” said Richard Attwood, a Le Mans champion in 1970 who still competes in vintage races. “He [must have] a balance that is inherent in his body.
Leo Hindery, a media company CEO and entrepreneur who has raced at Le Mans, called Mr. Tucker’s results “incredible.”
A businessman and an investor
With interests across the globe, Scott Tucker is a man driven by competition. Naturally, the thrill of steering a fine-tuned prototype race car around a professional racing course at speeds up to 200 miles-per-hour appealed to him.
After completing a full season of racing in the 2006 Ferrari Challenge Series, Scott Tucker knew there was a place for him on winner’s podiums at race tracks across the nation and around the globe.
In 2007, Scott Tucker Eagerly Returned to Racing
That season, he earned a win at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. At that time, he was just getting started. During the 2008 and 2009 racing seasons, Scott Tucker racked-up 16 wins at the Ferrari Challenge – earning himself a title as the Winningest Driver in the History of the Ferrari Challenge Series. In 2010, Scott Tucker and the Level 5 Motorsports team placed 3rd overall at the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
During the 2010 Rolex 24 At Daytona, Scott Tucker and the Level 5 Motorsports team were joined by a documentary film crew who captured their effort to win what is commonly referred to as “biggest, most grueling race in the world.” The resulting film, a documentary titled Daytona Dream was shown at film festivals around the nation and made a primetime TV debut on the Discovery Channel the following year.
Documentary: Daytona Dream
Daytona Dream IMDB Excerpt:
Team owner and driver Scott Tucker assembles a dream team of elite race car drivers in an effort to win one of endurance racing’s most prestigious events, the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Scott Tucker began racing relatively late in life but has always dreamed of winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona. After an unsuccessful attempt in 2009, Tucker recruits six world-class drivers, a pair of seasoned engineers and a renowned engine developer for the 2010 race. But his newly transformed Level 5 Motorsports team has less than six weeks to prepare. When the team arrives at Daytona International Speedway, there is no doubt Tucker’s crew is capable of guiding either the No. 55 or No. 95 car to victory. But can experience and determination compensate for a lack of practice time and team cohesiveness? In its first pre-race practice, Level 5′s Daytona dream is dealt a crushing blow. With Lucas Luhr behind the wheel, the 95 makes contact with another car and crashes into a tire wall. The damage causes the 95 to miss qualifying; it must start the race at the back of the field. On race day, the track is deluged with rain for an hour before the scheduled start. Despite the sloppy …
In 2011, Scott Tucker Earned His 65th Career Victory at the Petit Le Mans in October
Driver History 2011
At Sebring, won in class with Luis Diaz/Ryan Hunter-Reay in the No. 95 Lola-Honda Spyder… Won on the streets of Long Beach with Christophe Bouchut in Lola-Honda Coupe prior to it being shipped off for Le Mans Test… Returned Stateside following podiums at Le Mans and Imola and earned additional ALMS class victories at Road America, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Petit Le Mans, the final two coming with its new HPD ARX-01g.
During the 2012 racing season…
Scott Tucker shattered the two-minute lap record at Road America during the SCCA Runoffs. He came in at 1:59.684 minutes at 120 mph in a West WX10/ST01a prototype.
From Autoweek.com: Published on September 22, 2012
Scott Tucker claims two titles, turns record lap in SCCA Runoffs at Road America
Scott Tucker first SCCA driver to crack 2-minute mark en route to DSR win
Scott Tucker, of Overland Park, Kan., grabbed his second title of the week on Saturday at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs, winning D Sports Racing and becoming the first SCCA Club Racer to break the two-minute lap time barrier in a race at Road America. Lee Alexander, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Tom Bootz, of Evansville, Ind., finished on the podium.
Tucker cruised to a 34.988-second win, averaging 118.308 mph over the 13-lap, 52-mile race at Road America. Tucker was never seriously challenged in the No. 55 West Race Cars/Hoosier West WX10/Suzuki for the lead, especially after turning a lap of 1:59.991 on lap four to become the first to break that historic mark in a race.
With the lap, Tucker will be recognized by the Chicago Region SCCA with a plaque hung in the Road America office, as well as a charitable donation to the SCCA Foundation. Tucker eventually turned the Hawk Hastest Lap of the race with a 1:59.684 (120.317 mph), running three laps under the two-minute barrier. Those fast laps earned Tucker the GoPro Hero Move of the Race.
It’s the fifth national championship for Tucker, who also won the Super Touring Over title earlier in the week.
From Motorsport.com: Published September 20, 2012
Sportscar Champion Scott Tucker Makes History at SCCA Runoffs
Breaks half-century old record at SCCA National Runoffs
Elkhart Lake, Wis. — Scott Tucker made history today at the Sports Car Club of America’s National Championship Runoffs at Road America by smashing the 56 year old lap record and breaking the 2-minute barrier in posting the fastest lap ever recorded in an official timed session. Not only did he post a jaw-dropping lap time of 1:58.997 in the D Sports Racer class qualifying session, Tucker also set the record in far from ideal conditions as he battled heavy traffic and even rain during his run.
“This is an incredible day,” said Tucker. “We set out to break that 2-minute barrier and we did it! We knew we had the ability and the talent to put this program together and here is the proof. I could not be more thrilled!”
Tucker’s Level 5 Motorsports began to formulate the plan to chase the record in last year’s runoffs, where Tucker won the STO National Championship. The team saw an opportunity to do what no other team has been able to accomplish.
Adding to his Records, Tucker once again claimed the ALMS LMP2 driver championship in 2012.
Returning to the ALMS for the 2013 Season
Tucker and Level 5 Motorsports once again started the season in style with yet another win in the season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring. The team has targeted another class championship as well as a return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans for 2013.
Coverage of Tucker & Level 5′s Star-Studded Driver Line-up at the 12 Hours of Sebring Hit The Web Like Wildfire…
Additional coverage from ALMS.com
Scott Tucker, Level 5 announce driver lineup for 12 Hours of Sebring
Level 5 Motorsports and Scott Tucker have assembled a star-studded driving squad in their bid for an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory in the 61st annual 12 Hours of Sebring
The three-time ALMS championship-winning organization will return to the P2 class with a pair of Honda Performance Development ARX-03b cars for open-wheel standouts Ryan Briscoe, Simon Pagenaud and 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay. Sportscar veteran Marino Franchitti has also been retained to reinforce Level 5’s lineup, alongside nine-time national driving champion Tucker, who will be in both the Nos. 055 and 95 Siemens/Alpina Watch/Ohiya Casino Resort sponsored entries.
Additional coverage from ALMS.com
HPD Opens 2013 with P2 Victory at Sebring
The Level 5 trio of Ryan Briscoe, Marino Franchitti and Scott Tucker brought their HPD ARX-03b Honda home first in P2, and sixth overall, after besting challenges from their own teammates, in an HPD ARX-03b co-driven by IndyCar Series Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, Simon Pagenaud and Tucker (who drove both Level 5 entries); the Zytek Nissan of Greaves Motorsport; and an HPD ARX-03b, fielded by class newcomer Extreme Speed Motorsports.
After 12 hours of racing around the historic Sebring airport circuit, the Briscoe/Franchitti/Tucker HPD took the checkers one lap ahead of teammates Hunter-Reay/Pagenaud/Tucker, with the Greaves entry of Tom Kimber-Smith, Eric Lux and Christian Zugel another three laps further back, in third.
Scott Tucker‘s racing career (by series):
- American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron
- Cooper Tires Prototype Lites
- Ferrari Challenge
- GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series
- IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama
- Intercontinental Le Mans Cup
- KONI Sports Car Challenge
- SCCA National Championship
- SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am
- SPEED EuroSeries
At present, Scott Tucker is chasing a record of 100 career wins. With a majority of those wins already credited to his racing resume, he is destined to meet his goal.