Silicon Tech / Dempsey Racing Shows Great Potential in Inaugural 2012 Season

theguysLos Altos Hills, CA (November 21, 2012)- When Silicon Tech Racing made the announcement in November of 2011 that it would join forces with the famed Dempsey Racing organization, few would have guessed the solid potential the group would show in their debut season together in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón (ALMS).

Silicon Tech Racing, helmed by Henri Richard of Los Altos, California, was created as a platform to combine his passion for motorsports with his veteran experience in the technology and electronics industries. Dempsey Racing, co-owned by racing professional Joe Foster and Hollywood actor Patrick Dempsey, was created as a top-level sportscar team with an eye on wins and championships. Given Dempsey Racing’s proven pedigree as a winning team in the top tiers of sportscar racing, the association with Silicon Tech Racing was natural and expectations were high.

Just days after the announcement, the program was further enhanced with the addition of young ace Duncan Ende to the lineup, who would partner with Richard for the full season. Ende, from Los Angeles, California, is a veteran of GT competition, having taken four victories in the GT-Challenge (GTC) category of the ALMS. Most notably, Ende won the 2010 Petit Le Mans, partnering with none other than Richard.

hilltopMost daunting for the whole program, however, would be the decision to compete in the Prototype Challenge (PC) category of the series. As a category built on a spec-built, Oreca FLM09 chassis featuring Chevrolet power, the sleek, futuristic look of the vehicle made it a popular choice for both fans and drivers. While Henri Richard had driven a handful of races in the PC category the year prior for another team, Ende was stepping up after five years in GT-style machines. Equally important, while Dempsey Racing was a proven winner in the GT category of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, the team had never competed in any type of prototype rank.

While the team knew there would be countless challenges along the way, a combination of efficient teamwork, proper planning, and industry experience would prove for a fruitful season for the no. 25 HP / Future Electronics / Pounce Consulting / GoPro / Monster Digital / Freescale / STANDD / Racer’s / Merchant Services machine. Most notably the team earned the following highlights:


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The Pursuit of Victory for Silicon Tech/Dempsey Racing at Petit Le Mans

Los Altos Hills, CA (October 17, 2012)- Following a season that has included two podium finishes along with six-straight top-fives, Silicon Tech / Dempsey Racing heads to this weekend’s 15th Annual Petit Le Mans with three proven winners of the race.

As the season finale of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, the entire Dempsey Racing team looks to conclude a strong debut season in the Prototype Challenge (PC) category. As their first full-season effort together, drivers Henri Richard and Duncan Ende have truly admired watching the freshman program develop over the year, with remarkable results to show for.

Heading in to the 1,000 mile, 10-hour endurance event held at the scenic 2.54 mile Road Atlanta circuit, Richard and Ende will be joined by a veteran of the Prototype Challenge (PC) ranks, defending race winner Ryan Lewis.

Lewis, originally from England and currently residing in Indianapolis, drove with Richard in last year’s event, where he drove a thrilling set of final stints to take a last gasp pass for the win. Beyond producing his first ever victory at the event, it also brought Henri Richard his second-straight victory at the Georgia-based circuit. Richard remains un-defeated at the famed season finale.

For Duncan Ende, Petit Le Mans also holds a special memory, having taken his first ever series victory while driving in the GT-Challenge (GTC) ranks in 2010. Following that up with another podium in 2011 after an exciting finish, the Californian looks forward to his final run of the season in the no. 25 STANDD / Racer’s Roast / Merchant Services / Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet.

“We’ve had some great results this year, but it’s definitely been a season of mixed fortune,” stated the Los Angeles native. “I really want to finish the season on the best note possible, and based on Ryan and Henri’s results last year in a similar car, we know we can do it. Winning here in 2010 was a career highlight, and I really want to bring that feeling back!”

Hoping to go three-for-three at the event, Henri Richard maintains ambitious goals for the weekend.

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Silicon Tech / Dempsey Racing Takes Sixth Straight Top-Five at VIR

Alton, VA (September 16, 2012)- Following another wild run during the penultimate round of The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, Silicon Tech Racing survived a tough four hours during Saturday's VIR 240 to capture their sixth straight top five finish.

Driving the no. 25 STANDD / Monster Digital / Racer’s / Merchant Services Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet, drivers Henri Richard and Duncan Ende came in to the weekend with one key advantage over their Prototype Challenge (PC) competitors; track experience. With Duncan Ende having several years of experience at the scenic Virginia International Raceway in another series, and Richard having also competed the previous year, both drivers came in with confidence for the debut ALMS race at the 3.27-mile circuit.

Starting the race with a simple goal of having a clean opening stint, Richard was immediately the victim of a hectic start. As the race began, the no. 20 Dyson Racing prototype spun off in the first turn, causing much of the field to drive off course in avoidance, resulting in two of the GT cars behind Henri to make contact with his car. The resulting cosmetic damage to much of the car’s bodywork would significantly effect the aerodynamics on his car, however the car was still able to continue. Rejoining the back of the field, he composed himself quickly and delivered consistent lap times, poised to take advantage as attrition took its course on the field.

Unfortunately, just past the one-hour mark, attrition would strike again, as an incident while passing the no. 55 BMW at the famed Oak Tree corner would result in a stop and hold penalty, putting the no. 25 a lap down on the field.

Handing the car over to Ende during a double yellow period in fourth, the Los Angeles-native would take the reigns for the remainder of the race. While any chance of victory was out of sight, the opportunity to take the team’s sixth consecutive top-five finish was within grasp, the sole focus for Ende simply being on a clean remainder of his run.

Setting consistent lap times and running clean, Ende’s time in the car was fairly uneventful, leading to the no. 25 eventually crossing the finish line in their traditional fifth place.

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Silicon Tech / Dempsey Racing in Search of More Podiums at VIR

Los Altos Hills, CA (September 11, 2012)- Still relishing in their second podium of the year just one week ago, Silicon Tech / Dempsey Racing heads to this weekend’s VIR 240 with a renewed sense of momentum and potential.

As the penultimate round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón championship, the team heads to the classic Virginia International Raceway, a track known for its constant series of corners and vintage appeal.

While this is the final sprint-race of the 2012 season, it is actually the first time the series has ever raced at the circuit in Alton, Virginia. Hoping to gain some advantage in the Prototype Challenge (PC) class, it may be the first visit for many series teams and drivers, however both STR drivers and the Dempsey team have a lot of experience at the track.

Driver Duncan Ende has driven at the 3.27-mile circuit several times in another series since 2007, while co-driver Henri Richard raced at the circuit last year, which is actually where he had his first “run in” with Dempsey Racing Co-Owner Patrick Dempsey.

“You could say the beginning of Silicon Tech and Dempsey Racing started at VIR,” stated Richard. “Patrick and I actually met while both of our cars were stuck in the Turn 3 gravel trap during practice, and I guess the rest is history! The track is a lot of fun for a driver. The corners really flow in to one another, and the feel of the circuit is truly a classic.”

Looking to drive the circuit for the first time in a prototype, Duncan Ende is hoping his prior track experience can prove valuable during the race.

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Second Podium for Silicon Tech/Dempsey Racing in Baltimore

strpodiumBaltimore, MD (September 3, 2012)- Taking to their second street course of the 2012 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón season, Silicon Tech/Dempsey Racing survived a chaotic Baltimore Sports Car Challenge to take their second podium of the season.

Sticking to their season-long strategy of driving with a cautious and patient approach, drivers Henri Richard and Duncan Ende survived a wild and incident-filled race, with the no. 25 STANDD / Monster Digital / Racers / Merchant Services / Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet avoiding the carnage to finish third.

“Today was an absolute team effort,” stated Silicon Tech driver Henri Richard. “This was a challenging weekend for all involved, so to walk away with our second trophy of the year is a complete testament to everyone here.”

While smart driving and a patient approach proved effective for the race, a significant part of the story begins before the team ever took the green flag.

Following a difficult first day of practice and qualifying on Friday, the team never found the right pace, Saturday’s morning warm up nearly ended in disaster. As Richard came to grips with his Prototype Challenge (PC) vehicle one last time before the race, a small loss of rear grip in the circuit’s fast right-handed bend would send the vehicle brushing the right wall, causing significant damage to both the body work and the car’s suspension.

Once the car was returned to the paddock, a quick survey by the crew would result in a frantic pre-race preparation. Having to replace front and rear corners of the car, as well as much of the car’s bodywork, the team only had three hours and 45-minutes before having to get to the grid. Working through lunch and at a frenzied pace, the team’s preparation came through, with the team managing to get a safe and re-built car to the grid without missing a step.

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