- Henri Richard, Silicon Tech Racing Head to New Challenge at Daytona
Following his first full season as a gentleman racer at the top levels of professional motorsport, Henri Richard and Silicon Tech Racing are proud to announce a brand new challenge in 2011, the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series in a Daytona Prototype.
Partnering with the no.77 Doran Racing Dallara-Ford, Richard will enter his second Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, and his first in the premier category.
Richard, who originally began his career on two wheels in a number of motocross categories, is coming off of a stellar 2010 season. Competing in his first full season of professional sportscar racing in 2010, Richard participated in The Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, the American Le Mans Series GTC category, as well as a number of FIA GT and International Le Mans Cup events in Europe and Asia. Quickly adapting to the unique characteristics of a 911 Porsche GT3 Cup car, Richard became a regular podium contender, including victories in ALMS at Lime Rock and the prestigious Petit Le Mans in October, and at Hockenheim in the Germany Super Cup.
Taking his first step into prototype racing, Richard was able to test the Doran Racing Dallara-Ford at GRAND-AM’s open tire test at Homestead-Miami Speedway in early December, where he was able to set competitive times.
“My first impressions of a Daytona Prototype were really good ones,” stated the Frenchman. “Obviously there’s a lot more downforce and also more power than in the GT cars I’ve driven so far, but the car was very balanced and very easy to drive. The biggest adaptation for me was switching to left-foot braking, something I had never done in a car despite being familiar with it in karting. The Doran team prepared a great car for us, and between their crew and my terrific teammates, I really look forward to a spectacular Daytona 24.”
Joining Richard for the Rolex 24 will be a prestigious stable of drivers. Leading the charge will be young gun (and series veteran) Brian Frisselle. Frisselle, currently residing in Colorado, comes to the team with five seasons of experience under his belt. Having driven with some of the most competitive names in the business, Frisselle’s racing resume includes four wins as well as a multitude of pole positions and fastest laps.
Adding to the roster will be the winner of the Sunoco Challenge, UK-native Ross Kaiser. The Sunoco challenge is a prestigious award given to the most competitive European racer in a Sunoco-fueled vehicle, of which Kaiser proved his mettle. A veteran of prototype, open wheel, and GT racing across Europe, Kaiser brings with him a multitude of championships, race victories and pole positions.
Completing the driver line up will be Matt Bell, who like Richard lives in Los Altos, California. At only 25 years old, Bell is no stranger to GRAND-AM competition, having spent two years in the Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge, followed by competing in the GT ranks of the Rolex Sportscar Series last year. This will be his first venture in to Daytona Prototype racing.
Headed in to next week’s Roar Before the 24, the first official series test in 2011, Richard and the entire Silicon Tech Racing team look forward to a great event.
“We learned last year just how important the test is for us to be prepared and focused for the 24,” stated Richard. “In a Daytona Prototype we’ll reach near 200 mph, so it’s important that everything is set up and calculated perfectly. My personal goal is to make sure that I learn everything I can next week, so that headed in to the race I can just worry about racing, as well as of course taking care of all my sponsors.”
Silicon Tech Racing and Doran Racing will be seen on track next Friday through Sunday at the Road Before the 24. Constant updates can be seen on both silicontechracing.com, as well as the team’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Silicon Tech Racing, LLC was created by Henri Richard to address the need of high-tech corporations for an opportunity to leverage exciting road racing events with a dedicated marketing platform focused on technology executives interested in an informal and intimate insight into the sport. Silicon Tech Racing brings together selected, C-level executives at each racing event and provides a high value, targeted business to business networking opportunity to our partners. The team’s partners are carefully selected based on ecosystem synergies and common business values. As a not for profit race team, the aim is to provide a unique, cost effective value proposition to our partners and a memorable experience to our guests.