Silicon Tech/Dempsey Racing Head to the Streets of Baltimore

baltpreLos Altos Hills, CA (August 27, 2012)- After four consecutive top-five finishes in the Prototype Challenge (PC) category of The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, Silicon Tech/Dempsey Racing heads to the streets of Baltimore in search of continued strong results. As the eighth round of a 10-race season, drivers Henri Richard and Duncan Ende seek to continue their finishing streak via a cautious and calculated approach to the complex street course configuration.

Driving the no. 25 STANDD / Monster Digital / Racers Roast.com / Merchant Services / Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet, cautious optimism serves as the theme of the weekend. At this year’s Grand Prix of Long Beach, the only other temporary street course on the calendar, drivers Henri Richard and Duncan Ende took their first top-five finish of the season.

“We’re really looking forward to this weekend’s race,” stated Richard. “The downtown harbor of Baltimore serves as a perfect backdrop for our series, and the entire Dempsey Racing organization has done a great job preparing the car. I’m confident that steady driving and good pace can keep us out of the trouble that street circuits can create.”

For Los Angeles native Duncan Ende, who drove in last year’s inaugural Grand Prix of Baltimore in a different category, a similar commitment to steady driving is shared. 

“Last year presented very mixed memories,” stated Ende. “The organizers put on a great event, and based on last year’s experience I’m confident we can finish strong if we manage the race attrition.”

With only three rounds remaining, the entire organization looks forward to continued top-five finishes and fighting for more podiums.

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Silicon Tech / Dempsey Racing Take Fourth Consecutive Top-Five

ramElkhart 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.

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Silicon Tech/Dempsey Racing Quest for Podiums Continues at Road America

RApreviewLos Altos Hills, CA (August 14, 2012)- Following their third straight top-five finish just two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio, Silicon Tech/Dempsey Racing heads to this weekend’s Road America Road Race Showcase with a strong focus on a podium finish.

With only four rounds remaining in the 2012 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón season, the team’s first full-season venture in to the Prototype Challenge (PC) ranks has been highlighted by a number of strong results. With one podium and four top-5 finishes, the entire team has demonstrated strong form as the season pushes ahead. Driving the no. 25 STANDD / Monster Digital / Racer’s Roast.com / Merchant Services / Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet, drivers Duncan Ende and Henri Richard look to finish the season with more podiums.

“We definitely want to round out the season with our best results yet,” stated Ende, who finished second at Road America last year in a different category. “Road America is super-fast, and with the downforce on the PC car this should be a really exciting track.”

Driving the 14-turn; 4-mile Road America circuit located in scenic Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, the circuit is not only the largest of the entire season, but is also one of four endurance races of the season at four hours. 

For driver Henri Richard, the ability to drive a clean race will be critical.

“This will be a long race on such a fast circuit,” stated Richard. “Driving with patience has worked well for us in the last three races, and we hope to continue that this weekend. We have a great team behind us and we definitely want to focus on a podium for the remaining races to finish strong.”

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Silicon Tech/Dempsey Racing Takes Fifth in Hard Fought Day

midohioLexington, OH (August 7, 2012)- After a hard fought day that featured everything from on-track mishaps to issues in the pits, Silicon Tech/Dempsey Racing would survive to take their third-straight finish in the top-five during Saturday’s Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge.

Campaigning in the Prototype Challenge (PC) class of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, drivers Henri Richard and Duncan Ende took to their no. 25 STANDD / Monster Digital / Racer’s Roast.com / Merchant Services / Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet with high expectations following strong results in the last two rounds.

Starting on the outside of the third row, the traditionally chaotic start of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course didn’t disappoint. With a number of aggressive GT cars behind Richard, a first lap altercation with the no. 01 Ferrari would immediately put the no. 25 spinning in to the grass with substantial rear damage to the car.

With Henri recovering immediately from the situation, but unfortunately at the back of the field, he made his way through to hand the car over to Duncan Ende in fourth place with a little over one hour remaining.

Unfortunately for Duncan, a starter battery failure while on pit lane put the team another two laps down and from there, Ende’s job was simply to run consistent and clean laps while the rest of the field shook itself out. Driving without major error, Ende stuck to the game plan.

As attrition played out, the no. 25 crew would find themselves in a familiar fifth place, which they’d maintain until the drop of the checkered flag.

For Henri Richard, residing in Los Altos, California, the feelings on the day are mixed.

“I’m incredibly frustrated with the race start, but that’s just the challenge in multi-class racing” stated the Frenchman. “Our day was unfortunately pretty difficult before the first lap was ever completed, but the crew did a great job of keeping us in contention. I was very impressed with the team’s performance, and Duncan did a great job of keeping calm to drive a solid race. We would have hoped for better than fifth, but hopefully Road America will be a better day.”

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Silicon Tech/Dempsey Racing Seek to Continue Momentum at Mid-Ohio

midohioLos Altos Hills, CA (July 31, 2012)- Following yet another top-five finish at round 5 of The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (formerly Mosport), Silicon Tech/Dempsey Racing heads to the rolling hills of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for Round Six with strong momentum.

Driving the no. 25 STANDD / Monster Digital / Racer’s Roast / Merchant Services / Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet, drivers Henri Richard and Duncan Ende have found that patience is the key to their success.

The latest rounds at Lime Rock Raceway (3rd place) and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (4th place) in the highly competitive Prototype Challenge Class (PC) were marked with significant attrition and the drivers' consistency paid dividends for the duo. At Mosport, two PC entries took themselves out in the first hour.

“The team has gelled nicely, and we’ve demonstrated some great pace and strategy,” stated Team Principal and Driver Henri Richard. “There are some very fast cars in our category, but taking the approach that you must finish first, seems to work for us.”

“Every time we’re on the track, we know we have a solid team and car under us,” stated Duncan Ende, from Los Angeles. “Mid-Ohio is a fun, flowing course, and I’m looking forward to the challenge in such a high downforce machine.”

As a 2.258 mile circuit with an endless connection of corners and hillsides, the action provided at the classic Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course rarely disappoints.

Running in combination with the IZOD IndyCar Series, the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón will take place this Saturday, August 4, with live coverage on ABC at 2PM ET.

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