Racing on Film: Scott Tucker’s Level 5 and Daytona Dream
In the auto racing arena, going to the track is a bit like going into battle. The competition is fierce and the stakes are high. Auto racing is a thrilling spectacle, complete with screeching tires and screaming engines. And, at the end of the day, there is but one winner. Accordingly, auto racing is a captivating subject for film. Many fine films and documentaries have been made about the world of auto racing including Days of Thunder with Tom Cruise, Winning with Paul Newman, and Le Mans with screen legend Steve McQueen. Kansas City native, businessman, and champion racecar driver Scott Tucker is also the subject of an award-winning auto racing documentary film called Daytona Dream.
Released in 2010, Daytona Dream chronicles the efforts of Scott Tucker and Level 5 Motorsports as they assemble a team of select racecar drivers, engineers, and a distinguished engine developer. The team’s goal is to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona – a race considered to be one of North America’s most prestigious endurance racing events. With two cars in the race – the #95 and the #55 – drivers Scott Tucker, Christophe Bouchut, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Lucas Luhr, Richard Westbrook, Sébastien Bourdais, Emmanuel Collard, and Sascha Maassen aim to take their team to victory.
Billed as “One team’s obsession with the most grueling race in the world,” the documentary film was shot over a number of weeks leading up to, and including, the 2010 Rolex 24 at Daytona. Armed with state-of-the-art cameras and equipment, the filmmakers take the audience into the pits and onto the track as never before recorded.
The documentary was written by Zack Van Eyck and produced by Drive Motion Pictures (a division of Drive Digital Media in Kansas City). Actor Jason Priestley, known for his role as Brandon Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210, narrates Daytona Dream. Priestly is a life-long racing enthusiast. Early in his career, he raced cars in the California Rally Series and took a victory in the 1998 Grand-Am Race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The film, co-directed by Matthew Barksdale and Zack Van Eyck, was first screened for a private audience in Kansas City in August of 2010, and was subsequently shown at a number of film festivals around the country including the Clearwater Film Festival in Florida, the Orlando Film Festival, and the Carmel Art & Film Festival in California. In September of 2010, it was announced that Daytona Dream had won the prestigious Award of Merit from The Indie Fest in La Jolla, California. And in January of 2011, Daytona Dream made its national primetime television debut on the Discovery Channel. Reviews of the film were highly positive, calling it “unique and compelling” and “a thrill-a-minute ride.”
You can learn more about Daytona Dream at the film’s official website DaytonaDream.com