TUCKER, LEVEL 5 ANNOUNCE ILMC BID, INVITED TO 24 HOURS OF LE MANS

Intercontinental Le Mans Cup Competition Sees Team on Three Continents, Eight Countries

Level 5 Motorsports is taking their championship-winning ways to the global stage. On February 9th, in Paris, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) made a formal invitation to team owner Scott Tucker to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC) in 2011. Level 5 will be the only American team competing in the prototype class in the seven-race ILMC schedule that coincides with the American Le Mans Series, in which they will campaign two LMP2 entries for the first time in 2011.

Tucker, the ALMS’ Rookie of the Year who also earned driver and team championships in the LMPC class in the ALMS last season, will participate in ILMC races at Sebring International Raceway in March; Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps — the 24 Hours of Spa — in Belgium in May; the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in June; Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy, in July; Silverstone Circuit in England in September; and Road Atlanta in October. The ILMC finale is set for China at a circuit and time yet to be determined.

In a recent article by SPEEDTV.COM, Tucker was described as “one of the best pro-am drivers in sports car racing.”

“This is the pinnacle of international sports car racing — the best cars and the best drivers in the world,” Tucker said. “This is something that we at Level 5 Motorsports have been working on for a while; something that we have been pointing to. We’ve already proven ourselves and that we belong in that category. Now, we want to take our organization to that level and compete on the global stage.”

The ILMC schedule will take Tucker and Level 5 Motorsports to venues at which they have yet to race. But, new tracks and events are only hurdles that the team continues to vault over every season.

“The Intercontinental Le Mans Cup schedule is certainly a grueling one,” Level 5 Motorsports Team Manager David Stone said. “To begin with, endurance racing is something that is not for the faint of heart. We have a pretty good record when it comes to endurance races. We’re really looking forward the challenge of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.”

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