Ende Brings Dempsey/Silicon Tech Racing PC car Home in Fifth After It Is Hit and Spun on Opening Lap
August 7, 2012 (Los Angeles, Calif.) â€“ Things got off to a rough start for Duncan Ende at the American Le Mans Seriesâ€™ Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge before he even got into his no. 25 Dempsey/Silicon Tech Racing Prototype Challenge car.
On the opening lap of the two hour and forty-five minute race, Endeâ€™s teammate Henri Richard was hit repeatedly by GT class traffic before being sent into a spin, putting the car far down and causing damage to the bodywork and aerodynamics. Another incident twenty-five minutes into the race would set the car back even further, causing it to go a lap down to the rest of the field.
â€œIt Looked like Henri couldnâ€™t have done anything else, he just got turned around by a GT car,â€ said Ende. â€œUnfortunately, the spin and the contact that came after hurt the car and it wasnâ€™t as good the rest of the day. It really set us back at the very start of the race, which is frustrating. Unfortunately he went down a lap later with the second incident and then we were in total catch-up mode.â€
With the race going caution-free through the raceâ€™s middle and late stages, Ende would not get into the car until there was an hour remaining. However, his no. 25 Dempsey/Silicon Tech Racing machine wouldnâ€™t refire after the driver change. The crew worked to get the car restarted, but by the time that Ende was able to rejoin the race, he was a further two laps behind the PC leaders, in fifth place.
With a wounded car that was now four laps down, Endeâ€™s goal was to limit the damage and bring the car home in the points. He was able to make up one position and take the checkered flag in fifth position.
â€œWe definitely struggled this weekend at Mid-Ohio,â€ said Ende. â€œThe right rear bodywork and the undercar tunnels were damaged when I got in the car, but the one upside is that at least here at Mid-Ohio it isnâ€™t completely scary like it is at Mosport! After two races where we definitely had found some pace in our car, we just didnâ€™t have it throughout the weekend. So we will regroup with all of the Dempsey Racing guys and get ready for Road America. This weekend was a speed bump and weâ€™ll move past it.â€
The next round of the American Le Mans Series will be the four-hour Road Race Showcase at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on August 16-18.
For more about Duncan Ende, visit www.duncanende.com, or follow him on twitter at @duncanende.
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