ALMS: Hunter-Reay, Pagenaud, Briscoe to drive for Level 5 Motorsports at Sebring image

The three-time ALMS championship-winning team Level 5 Motorsports will return to the P2 class with a star-studded lineup including open-wheel specialists Ryan Briscoe, Simon Pagenaud and 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay.

The three will share driving duties in Level 5’s first car, with sportscar veteran Marino Franchitti also retained to reinforce Level 5’s lineup, alongside nine-time national driving champion Tucker, who will be in both the Nos. 055 and 95  Siemens/Alpina Watch/Ohiya Casino Resort sponsored entries.

Level 5’s lineup for Sebring features a mix of new and returning drivers, all capable of leading the team to victory. ALMS veteran Marino Franchitti has five series class wins and more than 20 podium finishes to his credit, including a second place finish in last year’s Petit Le Mans with brother Dario and team owner Tucker.

Hunter-Reay, a former Sebring winner with Level 5, returns after his championship-winning IndyCar season, which saw the top American open-wheel driver earn four victories and seven top-five finishes driving for Andretti Autosport.

The two newcomers to Level 5 have also enjoyed a successful past in the ALMS. Briscoe, who is coming off a five-year stint with Penske Racing in IndyCar, earned four P2 class victories in the factory Porsche RS Spyder program in 2007-2008. Pagenaud, who captured 2012 IndyCar Rookie of the Year honors, won the 2010 ALMS LMP championship with Highcroft Racing and has been one of HPD’s leading development drivers.