It’s Off to the Mean Streets of Detroit for Duncan Ende

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Ende looks to recapture the speed his Audi R8 LMS had in St. Pete and Long Beach

May 29, 2013 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – After a hard-luck weekend at Circuit of the Americas, where Duncan Ende would wheel his no. 24 STANDD / Merchant Services Audi R8 LMS to seventh and fifth place finishes in the pair of Pirelli World Challenge GT races, he is excited to return to another temporary street circuit – the circuit at Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan for this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge Cadillac V-Series Challenge at Belle Isle.

Ende showed considerable pace at the two previous street circuits on the World Challenge schedule – St. Petersburg and Long Beach – but was slowed each weekend by mechanical gremlins. After a punctured tire kept him from scoring a podium in the second race at Austin, Ende was happy for the short break between Austin and this weekend’s pair of races at Belle Isle.

“This will be my first experience at Belle Isle, and I’m really looking forward to getting back in the STANDD / Merchant Services Audi,” said Ende. “The circuit looks like a lot of fun, and it looks like another good circuit for the Audi. We’ll probably be chasing the Volvos again at the starts but if we have a long enough green flag run, the Audis will come alive in the second half of the race. I think I could have been on the podium twice in Austin if things had gone a little differently, so I’m glad we’ve only had a weekend off between these two races – I’m ready to go racing again.”

Although the GT field has shrunk a bit for the Belle Isle weekend, the GTS field remains large which means a lot of lapped traffic for the GT cars to deal with. Dealing with lapped traffic is nothing new for Ende, who has years of ALMS and Grand-Am experience, but is another variable that comes into play when in the midst of the tight GT class battle – of which there will be two this weekend.”

“On a street circuit like Detroit, you have even less room to deal with the lapped traffic,” said Ende. “Just the same as St. Pete and Long Beach, you have one, maybe two, places to easily make a pass but you also will have parts of the track that are literally single file. So qualifying here will be more important than at a place like Austin, and managing traffic will be really important for the GT class cars. And once we do it on Saturday, we’ll have to go back and do the same thing on Sunday – so staying out of trouble and keeping the Audi in one piece will be really important.”

The Pirelli World Challenge Cadillac V-Series Challenge at Belle Isle begins with practice and qualifying on Friday, May 31. Saturday’s race will go green at 10: 15 AM ET, with Sunday’s race beginning at 12:00 PM ET. Both races will be shown live at world-challengetv.com. NBC Sports will broadcast the Detroit weekend on Sunday, June 16th at 5:00 PM ET.

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

To learn more:

Merchant Services, Ltd., visit www.merchantservicesltd.com
STANDD, visit www.standd.org, and follow them on twitter at @STANDD_626
Racer’s Roast, visit www.racersroast.com
GMG Racing, visit www.gmgracing.com

Media Contact: Efrain Olivares | 818.254.7196 | efrain@shiftgroup.net

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