August 15, 2011 (Los Angeles, Calif.) â€“ Duncan Ende, along with co-driver Spencer Pumpelly, enters this weekendâ€™s sixth round of the American Le Mans Series season second in the GT-C class championship standings. However, if the duo are able to record their third consecutive win, they could leave Road America as the new points leaders in GT-C.
A dramatic last-lap pass for the win in Mosport, followed by a dominating performance in the wild and wet race at Mid-Ohio, has seen the no. 66 TRG / Racerâ€™s Roast Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cut the championship lead of the no. 54 Black Swan Porsche to a mere eight points. Ende and Pumpelly, who found themselves in a huge championship hole after scoring no points in Long Beach, have fought their way back to be a championship threat with four races still to run in the season.
â€œWe have had to come back from this hole in the championship after Long Beach, but the TRG guys have been giving Spencer and me a great car every weekend,â€ said Ende. Aside from the result in Long Beach, Ende and Pumpelly have not finished worse than second all season. â€œIt has been encouraging how well we have been coming off the trailer at every track. Spencer and I are both very comfortable in the car and we are both looking forward to Road America. Itâ€™s also one of the tracks we are going to this year that I have driven on before in the ALMS â€“ although it would be great if I didnâ€™t get as familiar with the gravel trap in Canada Corner as did last year!â€
Ende was busy during his off week as he contested the Canadian Tire 200 at the Glen, partnering Andy Lally in a TRG Porsche. It was a frustrating weekend, however, as he and Lally encountered mechanical issues and ultimately finished in 15th.
â€œWe did have a tough time at Watkins Glen, but it was good to spend another weekend with the TRG guys,â€ said Ende. â€œMore seat time is always good, but we are definitely excited to get back in our ALMS car which has been so good. With all of the long straight-aways and fast corners, the Road America race will definitely be an exciting one for the spectators and everyone watching from home.â€
The green flag for the Road America Road Race Showcase will wave on Saturday, August 20 at 3:00 PM CT and will be shown live on ESPN3.com, with the broadcast beginning at 2:45 PM CT. The race will be televised on Sunday, August 21, on ABC at 4:30 PM ET.
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