Dempsey Racing Brings Together Duncan Ende And Henri Richard
After focusing on GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series for nine years, Dempsey Racing is finally stepping to other racing series. Silicon Tech/Dempsey Racing, two weeks ago announced its full-season involvement in the 2012 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and has now roped in Duncan Ende and Henri Richard as co-drivers in its Le Mans Prototype Challenge (LMPC) entry. Its earlier efforts primarily include GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series with a fulltime Mazda GT program since 2008 with Richard winning the Future Rookie of the Year Award in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series MESCO Building. They have also fielded a two-car GT effort the last two seasons and posted their first win on the NASCAR short-course race at Watkins Glen in 2010.
This new association between Duncan Ende and Henri Richard, who is the Silicon Tech Racing Founder and Principal, will mark Dempsey Racingâ€™s entry in Le Mans Prototype Challenge (LMPC). Both the racers are no strangers to each other as Duncan Ende had earlier teamed with Richard for a convincing GTC class victory in the 2010 Petit Le Mans and during seasonâ€™s opening race at Sebring. Duncan Ende, 26 also had three victories in the 2010â€™s end-of-season result and an overall second-place finish in this yearâ€™s GTC championship. He commented that he is very glad to have Duncan rejoin their team for the 2012 season. They had a great time in 2010 while driving at Sebring and Petit Le Mans. Adding further, he said that Duncan is a talented and hardworking guy and he is sure that he will represent the Silicon Tech Racing brand efficiently. He will be a great advantage for the team and he looks forward to the coming season.
Having begun his career in the Skip Barber National Series he moved ahead to Formula Atlantic. He gained popularity with five victories in the 2006 IMSA Lites series. His return to prototype competition is like getting back to his roots and is very well aware of the down force-oriented and lightweight vehicles. He has won various races with a car similar to Oreca FLM09 that he will be driving in 2012.
With this new association and leap in the new racing scenario, Silicon Tech/Dempsey Racing hopes to win the 2012 ALMS LMPC championship. The team hopes to set a base for the upcoming international motorsports programs too. The 2011 season has been very successful for Silicon Tech Racing as the team took part in every major North American sports car endurance race.
On being asked about the new teaming, Dempsey commented that he knew that Henri wanted to partner a skilled young driver in 2012 and he has made a great choice with Duncan Ende. He along with Spencer Pumpelly performed well in the last season and they are glad to have him as part of the team.