IN THEIR OWN WORDS: LEVEL 5 MOTORSPORTS Leading the (LMP) Challenge! Leading the Le Mans Prototype Challenge class heading into today's Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix, we thought it would be a good time to catch up with driver/team...
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: LEVEL 5 MOTORSPORTS
Leading the (LMP) Challenge!
Leading the Le Mans Prototype Challenge class heading into today's Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix, we thought it would be a good time to catch up with driver/team owner Scott Tucker, teammate Christophe Bouchut and team manager David Stone. They give us a little insight into the second half of the 2010 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron championship.
Q: An incredible weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca ended in not only a class victory for Level 5 Motorsports but also a third-place finish overall. Has this affected your team's momentum going into Salt Lake City?
David Stone: Certainly the longer races in any Championship have a significant meaning of importance and invoke a special sense of accomplishment to myself and the team. Having won the Sebring 12 hour and now the Six hour at Laguna gives the right team Spirit to work even harder to maintain the momentum. In my experience the best thing to do is maintain a humble approach, not be over confidant and take one race at a time. The hardest race to win is the next one.
Christophe Bouchut: Yes it's a very good result and just make in evidence the quality of the whole package team and driver because it's always hard on long-distance race as Sebring and Laguna six hours.
Scott Tucker: Sure. The entire team gets a huge boost when we do well and I have to say this is one of our biggest results on the team resume.
Q: After three races, Level 5 has the points lead in the LMPC class. What would a championship in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Pátron mean to you?
David Stone: When you enter any series with the goal to win the championship, winning means we have all done our job well and fulfilled our responsibility to the team owner and sponsors that have provided the opportunity to do so. To win a championship requires a lot of details to come together, drivers, crew, on track circumstances and a bit of racing luck...you need the "Perfect Storm" in a positive sense.
Christophe Bouchut: It's the best endurance championship in all the USA and my goal it's to become LMPC champion this year with Scott and Level 5.
Scott Tucker: From my first days as a racer, I've watched closely the American Le Mans Series. It's always been my goal to win a championship here.
Q: What does the rest of the season look like for Level 5? Can we expect the same degree of excellence?
David Stone: Extremely busy. The next six weeks will be especially brutal on the team. I think we will only be at our home base in Madison, Wis., about three days during that time. On top of that we have been moving our entire operation to a new facility. We will maintain our performance to "Level 5", it will require focus, determination and the will to do so. Level 5 is still a young, developing team and the people of Level 5 have this spirit and are beginning to click as a unit. I expect good things from the team as we race into the future.
Christophe Bouchut: Everybody is working really seriously and hard. All members are focused on this target to win the championship.
Q: What makes/will make the Utah Grand Prix special to you?
David Stone: A win always makes any race special. Utah in July has the potential to be very hot and track conditions very unique. It can be difficult to get the best setup for the drivers, so the elements can make the Utah Grand Prix extra challenging. We have a very good engineering staff led by Jeff Braun, and I have a great deal of confidence that we will be as good as any of our competition. The most important thing to me is to leave Utah still leading the Championship.
Q: In your opinion, does Level 5 have room for improvement? If yes, how so?
David Stone: Always. The minute you think you have it all figured out, you're in trouble. We learn something new every day. We are driven to learn and improve. Complacency and arrogance is the most certain way to go backwards. Getting to the top is always the goal, once you are there; the hardest thing is to stay there. Someone else will always be coming along with that same will and determination to take you down.
Christophe Bouchut: You can always improve your performance...with more time and more experience
Scott Tucker: Of course. Level 5 is constantly evolving and improving. We get closer as a team and "family" with every day that goes by. I think that's the biggest point here, we are a team and it can take years to really hone the effectiveness of the group. Like David said though, someone is always coming.
The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón field is ready to kick off the summer stint with the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park. The two-hour, 45-minute race will begin at 2:35 p.m. today with coverage beginning on SPEED at 4:30 p.m. ET. Live radio coverage will be available on American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche - a production of Radio Show Limited - as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 242. Visit the Series' schedule page for ticket and accommodation information. Live Timing and Scoring, track schedule, entry list and much, much more will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com.