Scott Tucker and the Ferrari Challenge
The Ferrari is a car that, by name alone, evokes a powerful emotional response from people who are passionate about driving and speed. It is a brand of automobile unlike any other manufactured anywhere on the planet. For consumer auto enthusiasts – those who buy cars for the joy of the weekend drive – the Ferrari is a vision in red, a blur of crimson along a lonesome stretch of blacktop. But for devotees of all things racing-related, the Ferrari is a different kind of animal. It is a highly-tuned, precision instrument that purrs its way through twists and turns under the hot summer sun in places like Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California or Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Some would say that Scott Tucker – a Kansas City native, Level 5 Motorsports owner, and champion racecar driver – feels much the same way about the Ferrari brand of motorcars. Scott Tucker is the most successful driver in the history of the Ferrari Challenge Series. This is the story of one man’s dominance in the Ferrari Challenge.
The Ferrari Challenge pits Ferrari owners against other Ferrari owners in a single-marque racing series that allows them to compete with one-another in a structured racing environment. The Series is open only to those who own specific Ferrari automobiles and who are not professional racers. Many competitors come to the Ferrari Challenge with little or no racing experience of any kind. Before his introduction to the Ferrari Challenge at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2006, Scott Tucker had little experience with race cars and race tracks. And although most auto racing experts would say that the odds are stacked against those who venture on to the track with few racing laps to their credit, Scott Tucker defied them all. He won and won – and won some more.
In 2006, Scott Tucker completed a full season in the Ferrari Challenge Series and took third place at the World Finals in one of the two North American races. Knowing that he could do better, Scott Tucker returned to the Ferrari Challenge in 2007 and racked up a win at the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. Scott Tucker was determined to take his victory and grow his wins. During the 2008 and 2009 racing seasons, he and his Level 5 Motorsports racing team began to compete on the track like no others. In the 2008 Ferrari Challenge Series, Scott Tucker and Level 5 Motorsports won six of the thirteen races. Scott Tucker finished second overall in the driver standings. In the 2009 season, Scott Tucker won ten races and earned himself a name for the greatest number of individual racing wins in the Ferrari Challenge Series history. That same year, Scott Tucker took a win at the Ferrari Challenge Dealership Championship for Boardwalk Ferrari.
Ferrari has been so impressed by Scott Tucker’s racing skills and competitive nature that they made him one of their “next generation” supercar test drivers. Scott Tucker recently served as a test driver for Ferrari’s new 599XX super car – the first American to have the honor.
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