Penalties are Costly for Duncan Ende’s Team at Laguna Seca

Despite Trouble-Free run, Ende and Teammates Richard and Lewis Finish Seventh at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

May 14, 2012 (Los Angeles, Calif.) –   At the end of six hours of racing at the American Le Mans Monterey Presented by Patron at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the no. 25 Dempsey / Silicon Tech Racing Prototype Challenge car driven by Duncan Ende, Henri Richard and Ryan Lewis took the checkered flag seventh in class, and sixteenth overall.

The result was a disappointing one, as the car had run at the front of the Prototype Challenge field in the early stages of the race. However, two separate penalties assessed to the car – one for Lewis crossing the track line in turn one, and the other to Ende for an incorrect wave-by procedure – would knock the car out of contention.

“This was really frustrating, because we didn’t make any mistakes during the race,” said Ende. “I don’t think we put a wheel wrong all day, we didn’t have any spins or contact, and the guys in the pits were perfect. The penalties were really frustrating and we didn’t agree with either of them, but that’s just the way the race went for us.”

While the result was ultimately unsatisfactory for Ende, he took away some positives in the fact that the car was in contention for a podium position until the penalties dropped it too many laps down the field.

“The Prototype Challenge class is so competitive, you really can’t recover from any penalties or mistakes,” said Ende. “I don’t think we had the car to win, but if we had been able to stay on the lead lap we would have been fighting for a podium.

Before the race, Ende joined several other drivers for a bike ride around the 2.2-mile, eleven turn track – a track that is much hillier than Ende had previously thought.

“I knew that it would be a big climb from turn five to the Corkscrew,” said Ende, who completed nine laps of the track. “But the hill in turn one was really steep! It was really fun to ride on the track and see it from a new perspective. There were several other ALMS drivers out there so it kind of became a race – no big surprise!”

The ALMS will now take its early-season break to allow teams to compete in the 24 Hours of LeMans. Ende will be back with the Dempsey/Silicon Tech Racing team on July 6-7 at the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT.

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.racersroast.com.

STANDD, visit www.standd.org, and find them on twitter at @STANDD_626.
Silicon Tech Racing, visit www.silicontechracing.com
Dempsey Racing, visit www.dempseyracing.net

Media contact:

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

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