Chapman and his team finished 2nd in the Circuit of the Americas (Creventic) in Austin, Texas. He was driving for RennTech Mercedes.
In March, Chapman 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.
This was the 17th podium finish of Ducotes professional racing career. At one point he was ranked 2nd in the 2017 WeatherTech Sportscar Championship series, as well as, 2nd overall in the Patron Endurance Cup Championship.
At the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona, Chapman drove the No. 20 Gas Monkey Energy Drink / Merchant Services Ltd prototype. The driver team consisted of Don Yount, Buddy Rice, Mark Kvamme, Chapman Ducote and Gustavo Yacaman in the ORECA FLM09. The race concluded with a 3rd place podium finish.
Chapman had retired briefly but still took part in HSR events and participated in ROAR before the 24 (2013-2016).
In addition to his rigorous business pursuits, 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.
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].
Chapman raced the No.88 Oreca-FLM09 in LMPC for Intersport Racing. Unfortunately, he had suffered a broken leg and could not participate in the first part of the season. However, he 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.
Chapman made his debut in LMP1 and raced the No. 37 Lola B06/10 LMP1 for Intersport Racing, winning three podium finishes. At St. Petersburg, only in his second LMP1 appearance, he 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 more top five finishes in 2009, rounding out his season with third place championship points.
At the Mobil-1 12 hours of Sebring, Chapman made a transition to GT1 in the No. 008 Aston Martin DBR9. He drove to a third place finish with Terry Borcheller and Antonio Garcia to claim Ducote’s first ALMS podium. A few short weeks later, Ducote earned another third place finish at St. Petersburg. At Road America, Ducote again teamed with Borcheller and garnered a runner-up finish in between two 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 times in 2008, and claimed third place in the 2008 GT1 championship.
Chapman made two top ten finishes in a GT2 in his American Le Mans rookie season. He ran IMSA Lites concurrently in the L1 class to claim fifth in the championship.
Chapman Ducote – Notable Racing Accomplishments
Ducote has earned 18 professional podiums, and two runner up driver Championships between 2007-2018.
The breakdown is as follows:
- 2018- 2nd Place, Circuit of the Americas 24h Race, (Creventic)
- 2017- 3rd Place, Rolex 24h Daytona (IMSA WeatherTech)
- 2017- 3rd Place, 12h of Sebring (IMSA WeatherTech)
- 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.