ALMS P2 – Successful Opening Day For Dempsey Racing In Laguna SecaDebut MONTEREY, May 11, 2012: Dempsey Racing and team drivers PatrickDempsey, Joe Foster and Jonny Cocker all put in solid stints at thewheel of the team’s new No. 27 Trina Solar/GNCBeverages/Motegi Racing/Dempsey Racing Judd-powered Lola B12-80Coupe that is making its ALMS P2 debut this weekend in the AmericanLe Mans Monterey Presented by Patr at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The team clocked in third fastest in the P2 class with a top laptime of 1:19.698 (101.092 mph) that ranked fifth overall among the35-car entry. Saturday’s six-hour race, Round 3 of the 2012American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr , is the debutALMS race for Dempsey and Dempsey Racing and Foster’s firststart in the series in a P2 machine.
“It is great to be here, the energy and all of the technologyand everything in the series is very, very exciting, but it is asteep learning curve,” Dempsey said. “I am trying tokeep everything in perspective on what I need to achieve. Joe drovevery well and Jonny is very quick and has been very supportive. Iam really struggling to get used to the braking and patience withthe cornering which is certainly pressure filled. It’scounter-intuitive to everything I have been doing with the GT carso I am basically starting all over again.
It’s good, butonce again it gets back to having more seat time, gettingcomfortable, trusting the aerodynamics on the car and thedownforce, and things will come. It’s just going to taketime.” Dempsey Racing’s move into P2 follows its entry this year inthe ALMS PC category in a partnership with Henri Richard, DuncanEnde and Silicon Tech Racing (STR). The Silicon Tech/Dempsey RacingNo. 25 Future Electronics/HP/STANDD/Pounce Consulting/Racer’sRoast Oreca FLM09 is also racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca withRyan Lewis joining the driver lineup for Saturday’s six-hour. “Today went very well for the whole West coast version ofDempsey Racing,” Foster said. Heavy Duty Truck Diagnostic Scanner
“Henri Richard, DuncanEnde and the STR PC car ran good and Ryan Lewis had it up the timecharts. The shakedown continues with the new Lola, the car rangood, Patrick and I are learning the car and Jonny ran very well.We were P3 in the test session. We didn’t have much time,there were a few red flags, but the data looks good and the car isrunning good.” Cocker has two seasons of experience racing Lola prototype coupesand has been just as valuable out of the car as he is behind thewheel. “Today was a good step,” Cocker said. “We all gottime in the car and basically made no major changes during thesession, but had a really good debrief, and we are pretty confidentabout how we are going to make a reasonable size step for tomorrow.We have a direction for the car and where we need to be for theweekend really. Perkins EST Manufacturer
Everything is making sense and Patrick and Joe hadsome good runs in the car too.” The Mazda Raceway debut is the first event in a long-term ALMS andinternational sports car racing program for Dempsey Racing thatincludes a partial schedule of races this year, fulltimecompetition in future seasons and a return to the 24 Hours of LeMans as soon as 2013. The American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patr is set for 1:30p.m. PDT on Saturday, May 12, from the 2.238-mile Mazda RacewayLaguna Seca. ESPN2 airs the race at 5 p.m. EDT on Sunday, May 13.Live coverage is available Saturday starting at 4:15 p.m. Copying Machines Manufacturer