Ahead of his team's maiden voyage to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Michael Shank checks in with Sportscar365 for a recap of how the process and exploration of the opportunity began. (Photo: IMSA) Read More: http://sportscar365.com/features/commentary/shank-journey-to-le-mans-pt-1/
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Incredible stuff! Bon chance Frederic (and Christophe).
They have an outstanding talent in Vanthoor. This young man is most likely gonna end up as an Audi P1 driver in the next couple of years. Shank did well to land him.
Fortunately, if he gets convicted, he already has experience spending time in prison.
Who has the last laugh?
I knew Tucker was dirty, the new rich throw money around unlike actual rich do who are very thrifty, which is how they stay rich.
Pay Day Lending is one of the worst outcomes after the deregulation of the financial system.
Scott Tucker, who had ran Level 5 Motorsports, has been arrested by the FBI on Wednesday in Kansas, according to Reuters.
Tucker and one of his lawyers, Timothy Muir, were arrested in Kansas City. An FBI spokeswoman confirmed the arrests to Reuters.
Tucker was under investigation by federal prosecutors in New York City for engaging in a massive scheme to deceive payday lending customers.
Per Reuters, lawyers for Tucker and Muir did not respond to a quest for comment.
The Federal Trade Commission had reportedly sought $1.32 billion from Tucker and the estate of his deceased brother Blaine, dating back to 2012.
Per the FTC, Tucker was due to receive more than $400 million for various luxury vehicles and expenses, and some $67.8 million was transferred to the Level 5 race team.
AMG Services, an entity controlled by Tucker, had been subpoenaed in May 2014 for its reported payday lending practices. A criminal investigation was underway then, as Reuters reported at the time.
Level 5 Motorsports competed in the American Le Mans Series from 2010 to 2013, and made its lone start in the merged IMSA championship, then called the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, in the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Tucker was part of the winning lineup there in the GT Daytona class, co-driving with four others in a Ferrari 458 Italia GT3. The team withdrew from IMSA following that race; Tucker’s brother Blaine was then found dead of an apparent suicide in March, 2014.
What an interesting story from Michael Shank and the team!!!! Let’s keep our eyes on their story leading to Le Mans….
What, you expect clarity from the non-German Europeans? It is all about Kafka-like obfuscation. Example: Onroak, one of the four designated LMP2 constructors, is calling their car…a Ligier. The French, of course, love this intrigue more than the others, and I have a theory this goes back to the fact that for thousands of years before their current democracy they were an autocratic state. Autocrats love bureaucracy and making it as difficult and non-transparent as possible for the “common folk” to understand what in hell they’re being saddled with. In other words, it’s an anti-democratic instinct.
So I would argue: If you want logic, transparency and clarity of purpose…don’t look to the French (FIA/ACO). Have you attempted to decipher a typical bottle of French wine lately? It’s all about them requiring us to penetrate their arrogant multi-layered old world obfuscation. I rest my case.
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Want them around for a long time. Will be cheering for them to do well at Sebring, Spa, and Silverstone
***Goodsmile Racing revealed the livery of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 it will enter in the Super GT series this season. The livery, designed around the anime character Hatsune Miku, will be similar to that used on the team’s BMWs and Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 in the recent past.
***Six Lexus RC Fs will compete in the GT500 class of the Super GT series in 2016. Italian Andrea Caldarelli will move from KeePer TOM’S to LeMans Wako’s, while Kiwi driver and 2015 Japanese F3 champion Nick Cassidy will join TOM’S. Ex-Lotus driver James Rossiter will remain with TOM’S, with former Formula 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen rejoining SARD for a second season.
***AF Corse will represent Ferrari again in the International GT Open series. The Italian squad plans to run three cars in the championship and already confirmed two of its lineups. Claudio Sdanewitsch will share the wheel of one car with Stéphane Lémeret, while Marco Cioci and Alexander Moiseev will be racing another car.
***Former G-Drive Racing LMP2 driver Gustavo Yacaman is the first confirmed driver for Teo Martín Motorsport in GT Open. The 24-year-old Colombian will race the team’s BMW M6 GT3 in the European series. Back in 2003 Yacaman started his career in the Spanish Formula 3 championship, a series that was also run by GT Open organizer GT Sport.
***Corvette Racing tested at Sebring this week with its two Corvette C7.Rs, a couple weeks ahead of the IMSA series test later this month. Oliver Gavin had told Sportscar365 back in December he wouldn’t be able to run the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour due to this Sebring test being so close to Bathurst.
***A revised driver categorization list from the FIA came out last week with a handful of driver additions and changes, but nothing major. Notably, Elton Julian and Jonathan Summerton were both downgraded from Gold to Silver. The updated list can be found here
***The K-PAX Racing team completed a shakedown on Monday with new drivers Colin Thompson and Austin Cindric at Sonoma Raceway in the team’s McLaren 650S GT3s having their first runs in the car. Cindric arrived at Sonoma straight from Bathurst, where he competed with Erebus Motorsport in one of its Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3s for the second straight year.
***A documentary feature film about five-time Daytona and three-time Le Mans winner Hurley Haywood and his history with the late Peter Gregg is currently in production. The documentary will give race fans a never-before-seen look at the personal lives of these two men, beginning with their meteoric rise to fame, and ending with the tragic death of Peter Gregg. The teaser trailer and a Kickstarter campaign can be found here.
***Team Parker Racing confirmed Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt Jr will be racing for the team in the British GT Championship. The Blancpain Endurance Series Am Cup champions will swap their Audi R8 LMS ultra for the Bentley Continental GT3 this season.
***This year’s British GT4 grid will welcome another new team and manufacturer following Ebor GT’s decision to enter a single Maserati GranTurismo MC for championship debutants Abbie Eaton and Marcus Hoggarth
***It remains to be seen whether IDEC Sport Racing will race its own Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 at Mugello. The French car ordered the last new SLS AMG GT3 from Mercedes, but the car has not yet been delivered. For Dubai the team rented another Mercedes and various options are being considered for Mugello.
***Browns Lane Racing’s Jaguar XKR-S GT3 will not race in the Hankook 12H Italy-Mugello next month. The car was withdrawn from the second round of the 24H Series to undergo modifications. The team is now expected to make its debut in the series at the Zandvoort round in May.
***Creventic has officially launched its new Touring Car Endurance Series powered by Hankook (TCES). The three-round touring cars only series will race at Silverstone and Slovakia Ring, before finishing at the brand-new Meppen circuit. The circuit is part of the so-called Funpark Meppen, a theme park built on the site of a former power station.
***The Automobile Club de l’Ouest will announce the list of entries for the inaugural Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup in mid-March. At this moment the organizers expect the entry to be between 15-18 cars. The GT3 Le Mans Cup will replace the GTC category in the European Le Mans Series.
***The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race from Daytona will air this Saturday at 8:30 a.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.
Tony DiZinno contributed to this report
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