Ende Advances as High as Third, But no. 25 Dempsey/Silicon Tech Racing PC Ultimately Finishes Fifth
August 20, 2012 (Elkhart Lake, Wis.) â€“ The American Le Mans Seriesâ€™ four-hour Road Race Showcase was one of the most exciting races of the season for Duncan Ende. After a string of troublesome races for the no. 25 Dempsey/Silicon Tech Racing Prototype Challenge car, the weekend got off to a difficult start after a lackluster qualifying effort which saw the car line up sixth in the PC class.
In addition to qualifying, Ende would also start the race â€“ a role that typically falls to teammate Henri Richard. With the aim of staying out of trouble and saving the car for the second-half of the race, Ende made up a position during the hectic start and settled in as the race went through its first hour.
However, through the raceâ€™s second hour, Ende was able to advance farther and became embroiled in a battle for third position. After taking the position, Ende was held up by a slower GT-C class Porsche exiting Road Americaâ€™s Carousel and would fall to fourth as a result. However, half a lap later, the third-placed PC car would spin, handing the position back to Ende. He would continue in third place, closing the gap to the leading two PC cars until pitting and handing the car over to Richard.
â€œIt felt great to finally have a wheel-to-wheel battle again,â€ said Ende. â€œWe knew the car would come on strong as the race went longer and when everyone elseâ€™s fell off a bit, ours was getting better. I had a good battle with the no. 7 Merchant Services car, we traded positions a few times going through GT traffic but all that fun ended when he spun in the Hurry Downs. I think thatâ€™s the best Iâ€™ve driven since starting with the team in the PC car and I was really happy when I got out of the car.â€
Richard would run in fourth position throughout the first part of his stint, but a badly-timed Full Course Caution period combined with the no. 25 Dempsey / Silicon Tech Racing machine failing to restart after a pit stop, would see Richard finish the race in fifth position.
â€œIt is a bit frustrating to have a good run going, and real shot at the podium, and then have a couple of things out of our control put us in fifth,â€ said Ende. â€œBut thatâ€™s racing. This was one of our strongest efforts yet as a team. I think we raised our game here and now we will have a shot at a completely different animal â€“ the Baltimore Grand Prix.â€
The next race for the American Le Mans Series will be the Baltimore Grand Prix presented by SRT. Situated on Baltimoreâ€™s Inner Harbor, the Baltimore Grand Prix has already become a favorite of the series and drivers.
Ahead of the Road Race Showcase, Ende appeared on Milwaukeeâ€™s â€˜The Morning Blendâ€™, on WTMJ NBC Channel 4, to talk about the ALMS, Dempsey Racing, and his partnership with STANDD. The interview can be seen here: http://www.themorningblend.com/videos/164593056.html
Ende also participated in the annual Tour de Road America, along with Dempsey Racing teammates Patrick Dempsey, Joe Foster, and Henri Richard.
For more about Duncan Ende, visitÂ www.duncanende.com, or follow him on twitter at @duncanende.
To learn more:
Merchant Services, Ltd., visit www.merchantservicesltd.com
Racerâ€™s Roast, visit www.racersroast.com
STANDD, visitÂ www.standd.org, and follow them on twitter at @STANDD_626
Silicon Tech Racing, visitÂ www.silicontechracing.com
Dempsey Racing, visitÂ www.dempseyracing.net
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