The no. 09 Lino’spresso USA / RSR Racing Oreca FLM09 is a magnet for contact at Watkins Glen
June 30, 2014 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – A weekend of struggles led to a strong race which, unfortunately, was derailed by two separate incidents during Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen for Duncan Ende and his teammates at RSR Racing.
After struggling for pace in practice and qualifying, the RSR Racing team unlocked the speed that Ende, as well as teammates Bruno Junqueira and Ryan Lewis, were looking for to run for the Prototype Challenge victory at the Watkins Glen International circuit. Ende would do the opening portion of the race, starting in seventh position. Completing an opening double-stint, Ende moved the car up to the lead of the class before handing off to Junqueira. During his first stint, Junqueira built on the lead before handing the car off to Lewis.
Lewis, however, was struck twice by GT cars while he took the controls during the middle portion of the race. The first incident, caused by a blue Audi R8, cut the left rear tire and forced Lewis to complete a slow lap to return to the pits for a new tire. The second incident, caused by a green Ferrari 458 in the GT-LeMans class, breaking suspension pieces in the left rear and the right front.
“We were awesome through three-and-a-half hours,” said Ende. “We had struggled a bit during practice to find the pace we needed but the guys had some Lino’spresso, kept working at it, and we had a really good car for the race. I’m really thankful for their effort because we didn’t look like contenders until the race but once they unlocked the speed, we were the car to beat.”
At the conclusion of the race, the no. 09 Lino’spresso USA / RSR Racing Oreca FLM09 was classified in ninth position.
“This is the way endurance racing works – sometimes the traffic helps you, sometimes it runs into you twice and wrecks your race,” said Ende. “I feel bad for the team, because they worked so hard to get the speed out of our car. I was really happy to have Ryan with us this weekend – he fit right in with the team and did a great job, and neither incident was his fault. We were really excited to be leading and I think Bruno would have been able to bring our car home with a win. It’s disappointing, but now we’ll just refocus and move on to the next one.”
The next race for Ende will be the Brickyard Grand Prix, at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 24-25.