Level 5 prepares for Le Mans: The numbers

As Level 5 Motorsports prepares to return to France for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, we are taking an in-depth look at the preparation. This installment in our series breaks down the numbers to give you an idea of just how much equipment is required to...

LE MANS, FRANCE -- The 24 Hours of Le Mans is considered to be the ultimate test of man and machine, and for Level 5 Motorsports, that means being fully prepared for the task at hand. Earlier this month, the three-time American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón champions arrived in France for the nearly four-week-long trip, which culminates with this weekend’s running of the world’s greatest endurance race.

#44 Level 5 Motorsports HPD ARX-03b: Scott Tucker, Ryan Briscoe, Marino Franchitti
#44 Level 5 Motorsports HPD ARX-03b: Scott Tucker, Ryan Briscoe, Marino Franchitti

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

With the goal of heading home as Le Mans champions, the Scott Tucker-owned organization has ticked every box in the quest for victory. In addition to Tucker, a nine-time national driving champion, Marino Franchitti and Ryan Briscoe will complete the driver lineup in Level 5's No. 33 Honda Performance Development ARX-03b, with more than 30 crew members having made the trip overseas for the event.

This year’s race will mark the team’s third attempt at Le Mans, following a podium finish in its debut in 2011. Level 5 is one of six American teams in the entire 56-car field and the only U.S.-based prototype team. There are a class-high 22 entries competing in LMP2, with Level 5 being the only HPD chassis or Honda-powered car. The same HPD ARX-03b package won last year’s race.

Take a look at some other key numbers and statistics behind Level 5’s effort for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

FREIGHT: More than 30,000 pounds (15 tons) of equipment air freighted, including 2 Honda Performance Development ARX-03b race cars and multiple sets of spares; Delivered via ground transport on 3 curtain-side tractor trailers

PERSONNEL: 34 crew members, 7 vendors, 3 drivers and a massage therapist; 46 guests

ACCOMMODATIONS: 552 room nights; 28-room chateau for drivers and guests and 2 American-style motorhomes for drivers at track

MEALS: 901 catered meals from Vanessa’s Hospitality Service

SUPPLIES: 170 cases of drinks; 327 pounds of fresh fruit; 1,600 coffee capsules and cups; 3,000 hats for giveaway at drivers parade

CAR MILEAGE: Appx. 4,800 miles for entire event; including appx. 3,000 miles (360 laps) during race

FUEL: Appx. 950 gallons between test day and race week, including 650 gallons during race; Average fuel consumption: 4.5 mpg

TIRES: 24 sets total (not including wets); 8 sets for test day; 11 sets for race

PIT STOPS: Appx. 32 during race, totaling appx. 45 minutes in pits; 8 driver changes; 3 sets of brakes

OIL: 4 gallons of replenishment during 24-hour race

GEAR CHANGES: Appx. 21,240 during race; 60 per lap

TOP SPEED: 185.3 mph

MIN SPEED: 49.5 mph

FULL THROTTLE: 2 minutes and 54 seconds out of a 3-minute and 41-second lap (75% of lap)

Level 5 Motorsports

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Marino Franchitti , Ryan Briscoe , Eric Gilbert , Scott Tucker
Article type Special feature
Tags 24 hours, briscoe, endurance, france, franchitti, honda, hpd, la sarthe, le mans, level 5, tucker