On the heels of his third-consecutive win at the famed 12 Hours of Sebring in the American Le Mans Series season opener, five-time national driving champion Scott Tucker now sets his sights on Long Beach. The famed street course in Southern California is a popular stop on the ALMS schedule and one that offers intense, close-quarters racing.
Tucker and his Level 5 Motorsports team are defending their 2011 LMP2 championship this season and have already gotten off to a strong start. The team won the LMP2 class in the season’s first event last month and looks to continue that good fortune at Long Beach, the second event on the schedule.
“Long Beach is a great event,” said Tucker, a native of Leawood, Kansas. “The circuit is very unique and we always see great crowds there. I am really looking forward to it.”
Level 5 will be on hand with a pair of Alpina Watches-sponsored Honda Performance Development ARX-03b prototypes. Driving along with Tucker in the No. 055 entry will be long-time Level 5 teammate Christophe Bouchut. Tucker will also run the No. 95 entry with standout driver Luis Diaz.
“The team is really focused and really working well together right now,” said Team Manager David Stone. “We had some great test sessions in the off season and put together a winning effort at Sebring, so we are feeling good as we head to Long Beach.”
While winning its class at Sebring, Level 5 also earned a fourth-place overall result, making it the highest-placed American Le Mans Series finisher. It was an even more impressive accomplishment considering the level of competition from the more powerful LMP1 category, which had 11 entries, including three factory Audi prototypes.While the international competition will not be on hand at Long Beach, the LMP2 class has added several new competitors for 2012 and promises more great racing action than ever before.
“The competition we will face this season is very strong,” Tucker said. “We had a good run at Sebring and showed we have what it takes to win. We’re hoping for more success at Long Beach.”
The Long Beach circuit covers 1.968 miles and consists of 11 turns. The temporary street course on the streets of downtown Long Beach annually produces some of the series’ most competitive racing. The event is part of the Long Beach Grand Prix race weekend.
The Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach is scheduled for April 13-14. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET and will also be shown live on ESPN3.com or ALMS.com.