Elkhart Lake, WI (August 21, 2012) -
Headed to the scenic Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, hopes were high for the entire Silicon Tech / Dempsey Racing organization that they may be able to fight for their second podium of the season.
As the seventh round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, this four-hour event would put a premium on attrition and reliability, which in previous rounds had worked favorably for the team. Driving the no. 25 STANDD / Monster Digital / Racers Roast.com / Merchant Services / Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet, drivers Henri Richard and Duncan Ende have had a solid mid-season so far, taking top-five finishes in the last four rounds, including their first podium of the season at Lime Rock Park. With the four-mile Road America circuit being a personal favorite for both drivers, a goal for another podium set the stage for what would be a hard fought day.
Starting on the third row of the Prototype Challenge (PC) category, Duncan Ende would be first behind the wheel, taking the green flag under perfect weather conditions. Immediately coming to grips with the car, Ende drove one of his career best stints, rapidly making work of the field in front of him. Battling wheel to wheel with several PC cars ahead, Ende was as high as third before eventually coming to hand the car over.
With Richard now behind the wheel, a seemingly strong pace would continue. Spending much of his time in contention for a podium, Richard drove clean and consistent as he focused on ensuring a mistake-free run.
Unfortunately, as pit stops cycled through, an ill-timed full course caution would send the Northern California resident in for routine service at a time when many of his competitors were able to advance on the track. Spending nearly 40 seconds to get the engine re-started provided a further setback, the no. 25 would come out with some ground to gain. As the race continued on, the team would eventually settle in for fifth, with the team eventually taking their fifth consecutive top-five.
While the team had lofty aspirations to once again climb on to the podium, another top-five finish is certainly nothing to be disappointed in.