It requires terrific focus, drive, pure talent and big time spent in the practice ring for an athlete to master her or his sport to the point of being amongst the top competitors on the earth. It requires twice that recipe for an athlete to reach mastery of two diverse playing positions inside that sport. What has it taken for Level 5 Motorsports owner and driver Scott Tucker to arive at outstanding status in several different sports car racing series-all at the same time? Only Scott Tucker knows that.
Not only has Tucker kept an improbable agenda of races in the American Le Mans Series, Grand-Am series, Ferrari Challenge series and the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup series, but he has in fact was successful in all of them. Let alone a few of his victories came on the same weekends as other wins, since Tucker was often double, triple or quadruple-scheduled.
Tucker’s recent podium finish was with a brand new vehicle, last weekend at the American Le Mans Series Monterey at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway. The Microsoft Office-sponsored car was the product of a partnership concerning Honda Performance Development and Wirth Research. The HPD ARX-01g really helped the team reach its finest all round finish of the season, at fourth. The automobile was cutting edge for the team and for Tucker, but being in the exact LMP2 category, it wasn’t the severest vehicle discrepancy Tucker had ever faced.
Tucker helped drive Level 5 Motorsports to a win at the 12 Hours of Sebring, a excruciating endurance race in Florida at the Sebring International Raceway. That exact weekend, he was also schedule to drive in the Porsche GT3 Cup. He drove, and he won-his second win of the weekend in as many races.
These triumphs would be a little less extraordinary if the vehicles were anything alike. When a driver competes in a race, he sustains significant g-forces, incredibly hot temperatures, hours of intense focus and effort, and constant critical thought. In endurance racing especially, to pass through these conditions and come out on top seems a superhuman feat-but to leave the podium finish and do it all another time, only to finish up on another podium-seems downright unattainable.
“I lose five to seven pounds every race,” Tucker says. So that you can hold his overstocked race schedule, he has to manage serious control in his physical regimen as well as his health. To condition for less extreme schedules, he has woken up at 4:30 a.m. to do one hour of cardio workout before performing other training. His current 2011 schedule is more strenuous.
“Driving a Porsche and a prototype couldn’t be anything more different,” Tucker said while at Sebring. “I’ve done it in the past, and I’ve kind of gotten used to it, but it’s still a pretty difficult thing to do.”
The automobiles involve different driving styles, Tucker reported. His success in all four series has shown his versatility and strength as a driver, as well as his profound determination to win. But in particular, it demonstrates the love for the sport. Having entered the industry as a newbie in 2006 at the age of Forty four, Tucker didn’t have a lot of time to waste. He has always entered every race he can and treated each one as if it were his last chance for a championship. His success not only as a relatively recent driver but also as a multi-car driver is evidence that in sports, anything can be done.
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