Richard, Ende Take First Points of Season at Long Beach
Long Beach, CA (April 16, 2012)- Following an eventful weekend that saw everything from torrential rains, to cancelled sessions, to an exciting race, Silicon Tech / Dempsey Racing persevered to take fifth position, the first top-five, and first points, of the team’s inaugural season.
Heading into the second round of The American Le Mans Series pesented by Tequila Patron, the no. 025 Freescale / STANDD / Future Electronics / HP / Racer’s Roast / Pounce Consulting Oreca FLM09 came to the historic Long Beach Grand Prix with high hopes for a strong finish in the Prototype Challenge (PC) category. Following the team’s difficult start at Sebring, the driving duo of Henri Richard and Duncan Ende knew that “the real season” began at Long Beach.
Unfortunately, the normally sunny Southern California weather decided to throw a wrench into the plan on Friday. As their only day to both practice and qualify for the two-hour race on Saturday, heavy rains would result in a very damp Friday morning practice. Knowing that the primary use for a wet track would be more about reconnaissance than getting valuable lap information, both drivers would manage only a handful of laps, leaving the real first laps to that afternoons’ qualifying round.
However, qualifying would lead to the same issue. Following a dry start for the GTC qualifying session, a strong downpour before the prototype cars could qualify led to an outright cancellation of the session, thereby giving no one any additional track time prior to the race start.
The result? All teams would literally learn the track in dry conditions when the race started.
With Duncan Ende starting the race, the green flag fell on what everyone was expecting to be a chaotic opening. Though there would be several small dust ups, including Ende with another PC car through the famed “fountain” corner, the much-feared carnage managed to stay away from the no. 025, and Ende would spend the beginning of the race finding a rhythm.
As the stint would unfold, Ende realized that the key to the race would simply be driving smart, with running a conservative pace becoming the ultimate order.
“I realized as the stint went on that I needed to avoid finding the limit, as I didn’t want to make any big mistakes,” stated Ende. “We needed to survive the weekend and make sure we received our points, and luckily we did. It was a crazy opening but luckily we didn’t knock anything big off the car.”
Handing the car over to Henri Richard for the second hour, a similar strategy would be the theme. Avoiding any mistakes that would damage the car, Richard drove within his limits to simply manage the result, eventually settling for fifth.
“We had a lot of guests here this weekend, and we wanted to deliver them a finishing car,” stated Richard. “I know I left quite a lot out there and avoided any real fights, but I also kept in mind that the key would be to simply finish and get some much needed points with the car intact at the end.”
Indeed, with over 100 guests accommodating the Southern California technology industry, Silicon Tech / Dempsey Racing kept to their tradition of providing premium experiences for all of their guests. Featuring everything from a catered lunch, appetizers, libations, as well as transporter tour, to sitting in the actual driver seat of the vehicle, the event was a true success both on and off the track.
Staying to California, the third round of the American Le Mans Series will take place in just four weeks time, on May 12 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey. Live streaming will be featured live on espn3.com on 4:15PM ET, with an ESPN2 broadcast taking place one day later at 2PM ET.
About Dempsey Racing
Dempsey Racing (www.dempseyracing.net) is a professional sports car auto racing team based in the greater Atlanta area in Norcross, Georgia. Owned by actor/driver Patrick Dempsey, the team races in support of the Team Seattle Guild (www.teamseattle.com) to benefit the Seattle Children’s Hospital Heart Center (www.seattlechildrens.org) and the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing (www.dempseycenter.org) in Dempsey’s hometown of Lewiston, Maine.
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Freescale is the world’s No. 1 supplier of automotive semiconductors, with more than 30 years of experience in the automotive industry. Freescale’s sensors, analog products and 8-, 16- and 32-bit MCU families provide intelligence and connectivity for advanced safety, body electronics, chassis, engine control, powertrain, driver information and telematics.
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Pounce Consulting is an information technology service firm located in Orange County, California with operations in the US, Mexico and Latin America, a Global Delivery Center in Guadalajara, Mexico, and a ERP Support Center in Monterrey, Mexico. Pounce provides its customers with on-site and off-site consulting services and IT resources in the areas of custom application development, systems development, ERP practice -Oracle, SAP, Dynamix AX-, QA/Test outsourcing and IT staffing.