Sporting a background that boasts the mastery of multiple motorsport disciplines, Chapman Ducote transitioned into the American Le Mans Series in 2007 in GT2, raced GT1 in the legendary DBR9 Aston Martin, and joined Intersport Racing`s LMP1 effort with an AER-powered Lola in 2009 with former Series champions Clint and Jon Field. Since 2009, Ducote has remained with the Intersport team and has continued to race Le Mans prototypes. 2012 saw Chapman once again in the driver’s seat of the LMPC OREGA-FLM racecar, but with the newly formed Merchant Services Racing team, which Chapman co-owns. He raced with numbers 7 & 8, along with Kyle Marcelli and several drivers new to the car. In 2017, Chapman returns to the profession with an eye to Europe and the Championship podium.
Chapman Ducote has raced karts, formula cars, IMSA Lites, GT cars in several series, Daytona Prototypes, and Le Mans prototypes. He has 14 American & International Le Mans series podiums to his name, when he entered his 7th season in ALMS. After a breif break from racing, Chapman is returning to the profession for the 2017 IMSA season.
On March 18, 2017, Chapman Ducote competed in The 65th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by “Fresh from Florida” race. After an intense qualifying session, the number 26 BAR1 motorsports ORECA prototype claimed pole position to start race in 1st position. Following 12 hours of combat, of which Ducote drove an unheard of quadruple stint, the No. 26 car came away with a hard earned podium finish.
2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona, Chapman drove the No. 20 Gas Monkey Energy Drink / Merchant Services Ltd prototype. ORECA FLM09 driven by Don Yount, Buddy Rice, Mark Kvamme, Chapman Ducote and Gustavo Yacaman.
3rd Place podium finish.
Chapman had retired briefly but still took part in HSR events and participated in ROAR before the 24 (2014-2016).
In addition to his rigorous business pursuits and continued driving training in 2012, Chapman accepted the challenge of building a new American Le Mans race team, as co-owner of the new Merchant Services Racing Team. While this new opportunity brought yet another responsibility to Chapman’s packed schedule, it also allowed him to expand his experience in the racing world to the role of team owner. Through Chapman’s hands-on approach to maximizing veteran assets and mentoring star drivers, Merchant Services Racing has shown incredible success and promise in its first year on the racing circuit and has provided Chapman a vehicle to more closely determine his own racing programs in the future. As a team in 2012, Merchant Services Racing has already garnered 3 podiums, with Chapman himself at the helm for the Road America podium.
For the 2011 Season, Chapman set his sights on both the American and European races, taking four podiums with a win in Italy. On July 3rd, 2011, Chapman Ducote made his debut into European Motorsports at the 6 Hours of Imola, in the illustrious series of Intercontinental Le mans Cup races. This win marked Chapman’s first win in Europe. Along with the Imola win, Chapman’s efforts garnered podiums at Silverstone [UK], Mazda Laguna Seca [US], and hair-raising podium at the Petite Le Mans [US].
Raced No.88 Oreca-FLM09 in LMPC for Intersport Racing. Suffered a broken leg and could not participate in the first part of the season, but garnered several top five (5) finishes throughout the second half of the season, and closed out the 2010 ALMS season in style with a second place podium finish at Petit Le Mans in Atlanta, Georgia.
Made his debut in LMP1 and raced the No. 37 Lola B06/10 LMP1 for Intersport Racing, winning three (3) podium finishes. At St. Petersburg, only in his second LMP1 appearance, qualified the car, and drove the opening stint in a runner-up finish, claiming the second place spot on the podium at the technical street circuit. At Long Beach, teamed with Jon Field to claim another podium bringing the LMP1 home in third place. In Salt Lake City, Ducote claimed a third consecutive podium in the Lola-AER. Ducote had two (2) more top five (5) finishes in 2009, rounding out his season with third place championship points.
At the Mobil-1 12 hours of Sebring, made transition to GT1 in the no. 008 Aston Martin DBR9. Drove to third place finish with Terry Borcheller and Antonio Garcia to claim Ducote’s first ALMS podium. A few short weeks later, Ducote earned a third place finish at St. Petersburg. At Road America, Ducote again teamed with Borcheller and garnered a runner-up finish in between two (2) GT1 Corvettes. At Mosport, Ducote’s favorite track, he brought the Aston Martin home in third place, very close to a second place finisher. In the always energetic motor city, Detroit, Ducote displayed his prowess for street circuits and ascended the podium once again. In a very difficult season and against all odds, Ducote ascended the podium an unprecedented five (5) times in 2008, and claimed third place in the 2008 GT1 championship.
Made two (2) top ten (10) finishes in a GT2 in his American Le Mans rookie season. Ran IMSA Lites concurrently in the L1 class to claim fifth in the championship.
Chapman Ducote – Notable racing accomplishments
Ducote has earned 14 Le Mans series podiums, and two runner up driver Championships between 2007-2012.
The breakdown is as follows:
- 2012-3rd Place Road America 500 (Le Mans Series)
- 2011- 2nd Place World Champion (International Le Mans Cup)
- 2011- 1st Place Imola, Italy (International Le Mans Cup)
- 2011- 2nd Place Petit Le Mans (International Le Mans Cup)
- 2011- 3rd Place Silverstone, England (International Le Mans Cup)
- 2011- 3rd Place Laguna Seca (Le Mans Series)
- 2010- 2nd Place Petit Le Mans (International Le Mans Cup)
- 2009 – 2nd Place Grand Prix of Long Beach (Le Mans Series)
- 2009 – 3rd Place Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Le Mans Series)
- 2009 – 3rd Place Grand Prix of Salt Lake City (Le Mans Series)
- 2008 – Le Mans Series DRIVER Championship 3rd place Champion
- 2008 – 3rd Place 12 Hours of Sebring (Le Mans Series)
- 2008 – 3rd Place Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Le Mans Series)
- 2008 – 3rd Place Mosport Grand Prix Toronto, Canada (Le Mans Series)
- 2008- 3rd Place Grand Prix Detroit (Le Mans Series)
- 2008 – 2nd Place Road America Generac 500 (Le Mans Series)
- 2007 – Runner up IMSA Lights Champion
- 1994-2007 Multiple Victories in SCCA, Skip Barber, F2000, and Karts. Over 50 pole positions.
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