Duncan Ende aims to Stop Texting and Driving Distracted in partnership with STANDD

September 2, 2011 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Duncan Ende is proud to announce a new partnership with Fort Wayne, Indiana based STANDD – a non-profit whose goal is to raise awareness about the dangers of texting and driving distracted.

STANDD was founded by Diveeta Thompson, whose son Rodney lost his life while driving. There were numerous factors that played a factor – speed, music, and texting. In an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of texting and driving, Diveeta founded STANDD and has been working diligently throughout her home state of Indiana to spread the message of the dangers of distracted driving. STANDD also promotes the Rodney O. Thompson II Scholarship, which was established to help young people fulfill their goal of attending college after high school.

“I live in Los Angeles, so I know full well the dangers of people driving distracted,” said Ende. “Driving my TRG Porsche down the front straightaway at the Long Beach Grand Prix with prototypes trying to run me over is way less scary than driving down the 405 freeway when everyone around you has a cell phone in their hands. I hope that we are able to raise awareness for STANDD through our racing efforts and hopefully we are going to save lives by raising awareness of this issue.”

STANDD graphics will be prominently featured on Ende’s TRG Porsche at the final three races of the 2011 season at the Baltimore Grand Prix, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and at Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. STANDD’s partnership with Duncan Ende, and the visibility provided by the no. 66 TRG/ Racer’s Roast Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, will now give the organization a national platform to spread its message.

“I’m really excited for this opportunity to be a part of Duncan’s racing season,” said Diveeta Thompson of STANDD. “We had the opportunity to attend the ALMS race at Mid-Ohio with Duncan and it was such an eye-opening experience. Being aligned with a great driver like Duncan and his Porsche race car will be amazing for STANDD as we aim to promote the dangers of texting and driving distracted.”

To learn more about STANDD, visit their website at www.STANDD.org. ALMS fans can register their pledge to not drive distracted, and can donate to the organization, on the website.

For more about Duncan Ende, visit www.duncanende.com, or follow him on twitter at @duncanende.

To learn more:

Racer’s Roast and the Fox River Coffee Company, visit www.foxrivercoffee.com.
The Racer’s Group, visit www.theracersgroup.com
Marriott hotels, visit www.marriott.com
STANDD, visit www.standd.org

Media contact:
Efrain Olivares, (818) 254-7196, efrain@shiftgroup.net

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