ALMS Season Resumes for Ende and Dempsey / Silicon Tech Racing at Lime Rock This Weekend
July 3, 2012 (Los Angeles, Calif.) â€“ Two months is a long time for a race car driver to spend not racing. It has been two months since Duncan Ende got behind the wheel of the no. 25 Dempsey / Silicon Tech Racing PC car at the American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patron, where he and teammate Henri Richard finished seventh in the Prototype Challenge class.
Ende was able to take part in the LeMans test at the famous Circuit de la Sarthe in LeMans, France â€“ but that was a test, not a race.
At this weekendâ€™s American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix, at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn., Ende will be back in action at the shortest, and most physically demanding, circuit on the ALMS schedule. With over thirty cars packed onto the short, 1.5-mile circuit that takes a minute to negotiate, the PC drivers who are best able to negotiate the slower GT traffic â€“ and not get run over by the faster P1 and P2 cars â€“ will have the best chance at victory.
â€œLime Rock is fast and challenging, even just if you are by yourself doing qualifying laps,â€ said Ende. â€œItâ€™s an old school track and a PC car is a very fast car on this track. Things happen very quickly, especially once the GT cars are factored into the mix. The way that you deal with traffic and how you are able to plan and execute your passes will make all the difference in how the race will go. Thereâ€™s no room for error when you race at Lime Rock.â€
After a difficult start to the season, which saw the no. 25 Dempsey / Silicon Tech Racing PC car retire from the season-opening round at Sebring, finish fifth after a few spins on the streets of Long Beach, and finish seventh at Laguna Seca, Ende is looking to kick start his season at Lime Rock.
â€œWe knew we were stepping into a very competitive championship, but we were certainly hoping for better results than weâ€™ve been able to get so far,â€ said Ende. â€œSo we are approaching Lime Rock almost like a fresh start to the season. Weâ€™ve been able to test, and we had the chance to drive a PC car at LeMans for the 24 Hour test â€“ which was an unbelievable experience. Weâ€™re pretty excited to get back to racing this weekend.â€
For fans at the track, Ende will be giving a tour of the 1.5-mile circuit during the Fan Walk before the start of Saturdayâ€™s two-hour-and-forty-five minute race. The track tours will start at Pit Out at 1:45 PM.
The American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com on Saturday, July 7 at 2:45 PM ET. Qualifying will also be streamed live on ESPN3.com on Friday, July 6 at 3:05 ET.
For more about Duncan Ende, visit www.duncanende.com, or follow him on twitter at @duncanende.
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