Silicon Tech / Dempsey Racing Shows Great Potential in Inaugural 2012 Season
Los Altos Hills, CA (November 21, 2012)- When Silicon Tech Racing made the announcement in November of 2011 that it would join forces with the famed Dempsey Racing organization, few would have guessed the solid potential the group would show in their debut season together in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón (ALMS).
Silicon Tech Racing, helmed by Henri Richard of Los Altos, California, was created as a platform to combine his passion for motorsports with his veteran experience in the technology and electronics industries. Dempsey Racing, co-owned by racing professional Joe Foster and Hollywood actor Patrick Dempsey, was created as a top-level sportscar team with an eye on wins and championships. Given Dempsey Racing’s proven pedigree as a winning team in the top tiers of sportscar racing, the association with Silicon Tech Racing was natural and expectations were high.
Just days after the announcement, the program was further enhanced with the addition of young ace Duncan Ende to the lineup, who would partner with Richard for the full season. Ende, from Los Angeles, California, is a veteran of GT competition, having taken four victories in the GT-Challenge (GTC) category of the ALMS. Most notably, Ende won the 2010 Petit Le Mans, partnering with none other than Richard.
Most daunting for the whole program, however, would be the decision to compete in the Prototype Challenge (PC) category of the series. As a category built on a spec-built, Oreca FLM09 chassis featuring Chevrolet power, the sleek, futuristic look of the vehicle made it a popular choice for both fans and drivers. While Henri Richard had driven a handful of races in the PC category the year prior for another team, Ende was stepping up after five years in GT-style machines. Equally important, while Dempsey Racing was a proven winner in the GT category of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, the team had never competed in any type of prototype rank.
While the team knew there would be countless challenges along the way, a combination of efficient teamwork, proper planning, and industry experience would prove for a fruitful season for the no. 25 HP / Future Electronics / Pounce Consulting / GoPro / Monster Digital / Freescale / STANDD / Racer’s Roast.com / Merchant Services machine. Most notably the team earned the following highlights: