Supercar Life Racing Announces Driver Lineup for Rolex 24 At Daytona

Supercar Life Racing Announces Driver Lineup for Rolex 24 At Daytona

16.01.2009: The Supercar Life Level 5 Motorsports team announces its driver line-up for the 2009 Rolex 24 At Daytona, to be held at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 24-25. Team members, Scott Tucker, Christophe Bouchut, Raphael Matos and Ed Zabinksi will take t

The Supercar Life Level 5 Motorsports team announces its driver line-up for the 2009 Rolex 24 At Daytona, to be held at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 24-25.

Team members, Scott Tucker, Christophe Bouchut, Raphael Matos and Ed Zabinksi will take their seat behind the wheel of the No. 55 Supercar Life Level 5 Motorsports BMW Riley Daytona Prototype for the 24-hour endurance race. All drivers join the new team with championship backgrounds, making this car to one to watch in the 2009 season.

Coming back to the team after a tremendous season in the Ferrari Challenge Series is Tucker, who finished second in the series championship standings. Tucker ran an impressive 2008 campaign in his Ferrari F430 with weekend sweeps at Infineon Raceway, New Jersey Motorsports Park and the Ferrari World Finals in Mugello, Italy. He finished strong with six wins in the final eight races, moving up from seventh place in the series standings to second, just 28 points behind the eventual Series champion, Roberto Fata.

Bouchut, a Triple FIA GT Champion, winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Rolex 24 At Daytona and 24 Hours of Spa, joined the team in late 2008 at Miller Motorsports Park in the Sunrichgourmet.com 1000k, piloting the Crawford Ferrari V-8. Later on, his impressive driving abilities helped the team at the Grand-Am Rolex October Test Days; the French-born driver ran the fastest lap of the weekend test session, breaking the unofficial circuit record with a lap time of 1:39.9, the fastest lap ever turned on the 3.56-mile course.

Raphael Matos also joins the Supercar Life Level 5 Motorsports team for the 2009 Rolex 24 At Daytona. The Brazilian was a winning co-driver in the 2008 Rolex 24 GT Class in the No. 70 Mazda RX-8. Finishing the 2008 season, Matos and his team of Michael Shank Racing took first place at the podium in the Daytona Prototype class for the season finale held at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Matos also has Championships and wins in the ChampCar Atlantic Series, the Indy Pro Series, the Star Mazda Series and Formula Dodge Series.

Rounding out the team is Ed Zabinski, who most recently won the 2008 SCCA National Championship in the T1 Class. Zabinski co-drove with Scott Tucker for much of 2008 in the Supercar Life Level 5 Motorsports Crawford Ferrari V-8 GT in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 and brings a great deal of experience and endurance race knowledge to the team.

The Supercar Life team had momentum going into the "Roar Before the Rolex 24" Test Days as Tucker and Bouchut both drove the No. 55 Daytona Prototype to fast times of 1:44.926 and 1:44.780 on Day 1 of testing. It was on Day 2 of testing that Bouchut led the Daytona Prototype class with a lap time of 1:41.884 in the No. 55 Supercar Life Motorsports BMW Riley Daytona Prototype.

"This car definitely has the potential to run ahead of the pack this season," said Bouchut. "We're still making some adjustments, but right now, we're be ready to race and compete for the podium in the Rolex 24.'

With secondary sponsors eData Solutions and eCommLink behind the No. 55, great promises lie ahead for the team this season. In recent months eData Solutions expanded its sponsorship from the Rolex 24 at Daytona, to a full 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season in the No. 55 Daytona Prototype.

"To be able to run a successful season, we need full support and progress from everyone involved," said Tucker. "With the help from our sponsors, engineers and crew, we've been able to put a tremendous amount of time and effort towards this car enabling us to be competitive from the start, and I can't thank everyone enough."

The 2009 Grand-Am Rolex  Sports Car Series will open its season with the 47th Rolex 24 At Daytona Jan. 24-25 at 3:30 p.m. EST. For full coverage of the race, tune into FOX at 3 p.m. EST and SPEED at 4:30 p.m. EST.

About Supercar Life: The only event of its kind that allows you to drive a collection of the world's most elite supercars, on a private racetrack, at the speeds they were designed for, Supercar Life gives motorsports enthusiasts the opportunity to spend an entire day behind the wheel of a Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, Aston Martin DB9, Mercedes CLK63 AMG Black Series and a Porsche Turbo 997. For additional information, please visit www.supercarlife.com.

About eData Solutions: As a data systems company, specializing in data base analytics, eData Solutions will continue to serve as a secondary sponsor for the season of the 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season in the No. 55 Daytona Prototype.

About eCommLink: eCommLink's enterprise payment processing platform is the foundation for the future of stored value and debit solutions. eCommLink offers the stored value industry's only multiple account payment platform with an ACH engine, money transfer, and bill payment capability. The platform enables issuers, institutions, and employers to offer unique applications for stored value, debit, and credit, all on one card. For additional information, please visit www.ecommlink.com.

About the Grand-Am Rolex Series: Grand-Am Road Racing was established in 1999 to return stability to major league sports car road racing in North America. As the organization begins its ninth season of competition in 2008, Grand-Am is universally regarded as one of the world's most competitive road racing organizations. For additional information, visit www.grand-am.com.


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16.01.2009 / MaP

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