Ende looking forward to continued momentum with RSR and teammate Bruno Junquiera
May 7, 2013 (Los Angeles, Calif.) â€“ On the heels of his first ALMS podium of the year at the Tequila Patron American Le Mans at Long Beach, Duncan Ende is looking for another one at this weekendâ€™s American Le Mans Monterey at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.
Teaming with Bruno Junquiera in the no. 9 RSR Racing Oreca FLM09 for the third time this season, Ende will be looking for another run like he had at the previous round in Long Beach where he led the Prototype Challenge field throughout the opening stint â€“ running as high as third overall. After that performance netted the duo a podium position, Ende is hoping to continue the teamâ€™s momentum into the hills of northern California.
â€œIf I am looking at this logically, we were fourth at Sebring and third in Long Beach, so we should be second or maybe event first this weekend,â€ said Ende. â€œActually, joining RSR Racing and driving with Bruno has been a fantastic experience because weâ€™ve been in a position to win both races this year. After leading at Long Beach and getting on the podium, I have really high hopes for this weekend. Theyâ€™re a great team to be a part of and Bruno is just the kind of teammate you want to share a car with.â€
The race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, which will end under darkening skies at 7:30 PM local time, is unique in the schedule for its four-hour length. Despite being shortened from its six-hour length last year, which means most teams will opt for two drivers instead of three, the race will present a lot of challenges for the drivers.
â€œThe four-hour length of the race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has some unique challenges for us,â€ said Ende. â€œDepending on how the yellows fall and the strategies play out with our drive-time requirements, you could end up in the car for half the race. Now, two hours in an PC car is a long time but not too many drivers will complain about driving that much at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca because itâ€™s such a fun track. It has a lot of fast corners where you use the downforce of the PC car, good passing zones, elevation changes, and of course the famous Corkscrew. If they leave me in there for three hours, I think I can find a way to make it work.â€
The American Le Mans Monterey will be streamed live on ESPN3.com starting at 6:15 PM ET on Saturday, May 11, with a television broadcast on Sunday, May 12 at 4:00 PM ET on ESPN2. Qualifying will be streamed live on Friday, May 10 at 7:45 PM ET.
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