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Rolex - 4th Place Lime Rock PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dempsey Racing   
Thursday, 02 June 2011 00:53

Gué and Cameron Match Duo’s Best; Dempsey and Foster on pace in No. 40 before Late DNF

LIME ROCK, Conn. (May 30, 2011) – James Gué and Dane Cameron scored their second-straight GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series fourth-place finish in the No. 41 Team Seattle/Global Diving & Salvage Mazda RX-8 GT in the Memorial Day Classic at Lime Rock Park on Monday where teammates Patrick Dempsey and Joe Foster ran well before a late-race retirement in the No. 40 VISIT FLORIDA/ModSpace/Construct Corps/Trina Solar Mazda RX-8 GT.

Dempsey was making his first career race start of any kind at Lime Rock while Gué and Cameron were hoping to match or improve on last year’s then team-best second-place finish in the No. 41. At times in the time 2-3/4-hour sprint race on the tight 1.50-mile road course, it looked like Gué and Cameron just might pull it off.

“Overall I was really happy with the day,” Gué said. “We basically got a bit behind in qualifying after we fixed a brake caliper issue and track position is everything here. It took a long time to get to the front in my stint after we qualified lower than we would have liked, but we eventually got there, it just took a little more time. Strategy wise, Dane did a great job at the end, very pleased with the weekend, it’s just a little frustrating we can’t seem to get back on the podium. We are so close, but it will come.”

After starting seventh, Gué raced to as high as third 45 minutes into his opening stint and pitted in that position to hand the car over to Cameron 20 minutes later. Cameron continued in fifth but quickly moved back to third and challenged for the podium through his second and final pit stop before a slight miscue on track.

“I made a mistake at the end and hurt something, which I am not real happy about,” Cameron said. “I feel like we could have been on the podium, but I got the chicane wrong, hit the curbs wrong and might have damaged something, I don’t know exactly, but I just kind of had to hang on for the last little bit of it.”

Despite the podium near-miss, Cameron was still pleased with the No. 41’s result.

“Obviously it is great to be in the top five again, pleased to be fourth, and one race ago we were very happy to be fourth,” Cameron said. “This time we were a little bit disappointed to be fourth and, as you might expect, we were looking for a little bit more. It was a very good day for points, and we should be quite solid, but it is such a physical race track and it is so difficult with the traffic. For us to just stay clean and not really have any contact or big incidents was kind of the name of the game. We just tried to mind our own business and stay out of trouble.”

Dempsey stayed out of trouble all day long in his Lime Rock debut. A unique one-day format, Dempsey practiced in the No. 40 in a steady morning rain shower, later qualified the Mazda in 11th and didn’t put a wheel wrong when he drove more than the first full hour of the race.

“It was great to finally get a chance to race at Lime Rock,” said Dempsey, who is a native of Maine. “I have been here before with Joe, but never to race, and it is tough, very physical. It really requires a lot of attention, but I just focused on consistent lap times and worked hard on learning all of the turns and unique characteristics of the track. I could feel something a little wrong with the car during the stint and it is a real shame for everybody and the guys that we couldn’t get to the finish. They have all worked so hard, these things happen, but still a good day, for both Dempsey Mazdas.”

Foster took over from Dempsey and ran competitive laps before slowing with mechanical problems in the race’s final 30 minutes.

Lime Rock kicked off a tough, back-to-back stretch if races that has the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series schedule back on track again on Friday for the opening day of Saturday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. Dempsey and Foster will be joined by Charles Espenlaub to reunite three of the four drivers who finished a career-best third in the No. 40 in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona. Tom Long was also part of that Rolex 24 podium effort.

“We are grateful, given the unique nature of this event, to have both cars in one piece,” Foster said. “The No. 41 Team Seattle/Global Diving Mazda is now the highest Mazda in the points, so a good day for that car and team.”

The No. 41 Team Seattle/Global Diving & Salvage Mazda RX-8 GT team has jumped to third in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series GT Team Championship standings with 128 points. They trail the second-place team by just five points and are only 13 markers out of first. The No. 40 Mazda RX-8 GT team is 11th in the championship race with 104 points.

Next up for Dempsey Racing and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series is next Saturday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. The six-hour endurance race starts at 1 p.m. ET and can be seen in same-day coverage at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT, Saturday, June 4.

Noteworthy

- Patrick Dempsey arrived in Lime Rock fresh from yesterday’s Indianapolis 500 where he was part of a race-morning press conference announcing a new charity initiative with industry leading, global solar panel manufacturer Trina Solar Limited (NYSE: TSL). The company has become a sponsor of Dempsey Racing and Trina Solar logos were displayed on the No. 40 in today’s race.

Together, Trina and Dempsey Racing will establish a solar charity initiative in the near future. Trina was also an associate sponsor of the 500 pole-winning Sam Schmidt Motorsports entry of Alex Tagliani as well as the team car driven by Townsend Bell.

“The 2011 season has already been a fantastic year for Dempsey Racing, and it continues to get better as we join with Trina Solar in the pursuit of excellence on and off the track,” Dempsey said. “The future of our sport and our world lies in clean, renewable energy, and we’ve been looking for partners who can help myself and the team actively promote these technologies on a worldwide scale. We are excited to be allied with Trina Solar.”

- Gué and Cameron extended the No. 41 team’s top-10 finishing record to 16 straight races, dating back to last year’s Grand Prix of Miami.

About Dempsey Racing

A fulltime and year-round enterprise, Dempsey Racing (www.dempseyracing.net) is a professional sports car auto racing team based in the greater Atlanta area in Norcross, Georgia. Owned by actor/driver Patrick Dempsey, the team races in support of the Team Seattle Guild (www.teamseattle.com) to benefit the Seattle Children’s Hospital Heart Center (www.seattlechildrens.org) and the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing (www.dempseycenter.org) in Dempsey’s hometown of Lewiston, Maine.

Dempsey Racing Partners

Dempsey Racing is an official Mazda (www.mazdausa.com) racing team and has competed exclusively in Mazda RX-8 GTs since 2007. Additional team partners include Global Diving & Salvage (www.gdiving.com), the largest diving contractor on the West Coast, VISIT FLORIDA (www.VISITFLORIDA.com), the official tourism marketing corporation for the State of Florida, ModSpace (www.modspace.com), a North American leader in temporary and permanent modular buildings and portable storage, Construct Corps (www.constructcorps.com), a leading provider of temporary skilled workers for the construction industry, and Specialized Bicycle Components (www.specialized.com), a manufacturer and worldwide supplier of technically advanced bicycles and related components.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 June 2011 00:59
 
Rolex - 5th place Homestead, Miami PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 07 March 2011 17:01
No. 41 Mazda RX-8 GT finishes 5th at the Grand Prix of Miami as No. 40 Visit Florida Modspace Mazda exits early
HOMESTEAD, Florida (March 5, 2011) – Dane Cameron and James Gué finished fifth in Saturday’s Grand Prix of Miami in the Dempsey Racing No. 41 Team Seattle/Global Diving & Salvage Mazda RX-8 GT but their teammates Patrick Dempsey and Joe Foster had an early race exit in the Dempsey Racing No. 40 VISIT FLORIDA/ModSpace/Construct Corps Mazda RX-8 GT after a rare mechanical failure.
The No. 41 team’s solid result, which was highlighted by Cameron’s charge through the field after being hit by a Daytona Prototype, gave the Team Seattle entry its second-consecutive top-five showing at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Last year Gué and then teammate Leh Keen finished third in the Grand Prix of Miami to give Dempsey Racing its first GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series podium finish.
“I am pretty pleased, all things considered and with everything we went through,” said Cameron who replaced Keen this year. “Our car was awesome over the distance so the longer the green-flag run the more people we could just kind of pick through. We were pretty close to being about as good, except for maybe a couple of cars, on just outright pace, but everyone definitely came back to us over the long run.”

The team’s only major scare was a cut tire after the Daytona Prototype hit Cameron while he was running third. The No. 41 fell to 14th after a stop for new tires, but a long green-flag run that followed let Cameron steadily work his way back into contention. He even took the lead for two laps just before handing over to Gué with just under an hour remaining in the 2:45-timed race.

“Right in the middle of the race, right after we had the contact with the prototype and a flat tire, it was perfect, just a nice long run and we worked our way back up to the front,” Cameron said. “We had a really good strategy laid out for the last 45 minutes for James, but unfortunately a couple of long cautions kind of ultimately hurt our chances of where we would have ended up. I am still very pleased, top 10 at Daytona and top five here, so if we keep this kind of production up, we will be on the podium soon and get another win. The car is improving rapidly and James and I and our engineer Scott Besst, we all seem to be working very, very well together, so we are only going to get faster from here. I am very excited.”
Although the season is only two races old, Gué is already thinking championship after two good runs to start the year. The No. 41 Team Seattle Mazda has moved to sixth in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series GT Team Championship with 47 points, just 11 points out of first place.
“Overall I am pretty happy with a fifth place,” Gué said. “If you look at the big picture, where we started and where we ended up, it’s not a bad run. I got a little unlucky there with the way the cautions fell, we had a very good car over a very long run, and right at the end we kept getting caution after caution. That hurt us a little bit and may have cost us a spot or two, but we had a very solid car. A top five, that’s where you need to be for the long run, and we are talking championship here. You have to keep finishing in the top five.”
Team owner/driver Dempsey moved his race off to a good start but the No. 40’s day was done after 30 minutes when he came to a stop on course.
“I had a really good start, stayed with everybody and did what we wanted to do, which was just to stick with the others for the first couple of laps and then just start going after people,” Dempsey said. “I held off the 59 Porsche for a long time but then he got by and I actually used him quite a bit, watching his line to get through and steadily move up the order. I got up there and felt pretty good, but then the tires just started going away, there was just no grip and you had no bite, and then I spun it. We got lucky with the yellow, came in and changed all four tires, and then got out, but then the water was overheating, smoke started filling up the cockpit and that was it, I just had to get out.”
Dempsey’s teammate Foster never had a chance to drive the No. 40 Mazda in the race.
“Patrick qualified well, faster than he has ever gone, and he passed three or four cars and was ahead of the No. 59 Porsche early on,” Foster said. “He had some sort of mechanical issue, spun in his own fluids but made it back to the pits and we got him back out. But whatever was leaking kept leaking fluids and the motor expired due to that. Big picture, maybe we were due, who knows, because we have had nothing but perfect reliability from our Mazda in the past. The 40 car completed more miles last year than any other car in the whole series – Daytona Prototype or GT – but this is bound to happen now and then. That’s just racing, but Patrick did a great job and the No. 41 had a great weekend, so we are still happy.”
Next up for Dempsey Racing and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series is the Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park, April 7 – 9. The race will air on SPEED on Sunday, April 10 at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT. Learn more about Dempsey Racing at www.dempseyacing.net.
About Dempsey Racing
A full-time and year-round enterprise, Dempsey Racing (www.dempseyracing.net) is a professional sports car auto racing team based in the greater Atlanta area in Norcross, Georgia. Owned by actor/driver Patrick Dempsey, the team races in support of the Team Seattle Guild (www.teamseattle.com) to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital (www.seattlechildrens.org) and the Dempsey Center for Cancer, Hope & Healing (www.dempseycenter.org) in Dempsey’s hometown of Lewiston, Maine.
Dempsey Racing Partners
Dempsey Racing is an official Mazda (www.mazdausa.com) racing team and has competed exclusively in Mazda RX-8 GTs since 2007. Additional team partners include Global Diving & Salvage (www.gdiving.com), the largest diving contractor on the West Coast, VISIT Florida (www.VISITFlorida.com), the official tourism marketing corporation for the State of Florida, ModSpace (www.modspace.com), a global supplier of portable, temporary and permanent modular spaces and buildings, Construct Corps (www.constructcorps.com), a leading provider of temporary skilled workers for the construction industry, and Specialized Bicycle Components (www.specialized.com), a manufacturer and worldwide supplier of technically advanced bicycles and related components.

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Last Updated on Monday, 07 March 2011 17:09
 
Northwest race group raises over $10k for Team Seattle! PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 February 2011 22:11

Northwest race group raises over $10K for Team Seattle

http://www.teamseattle.com/2011/02/northwest-race-group-raises-over-10k-for-team-seattle/

There are many racing communities in the United States. For that matter, there are racing communities around the world but for one in the Pacific Northwest, the group spirit is exceptionally strong and for Daytona 2011 it really shone out!

Did anyone spot the PRO3 decal?

What was this PRO3 decal all about?

Created in the early 2000s, PRO3 is a community of racers who compete regularly throughout the summer in the ICSCC championship. PRO3 drivers use modified E30 BMW 325i racecars that are designed to test both driving ability and set-up. PRO3 has grown over the years in numbers but a few traits have remained constant; friendship, camaraderie and a passion for excellence on and off the racetrack.

One week before Daytona an email was sent by one member – a volunteer with Team Seattle – to the group alias: “Hey folks, let’s raise $1000 for Team Seattle and we’ll get the PRO3 logo on the charitable tote board”. A ‘reply all’ email followed “why stop at $1000, what can we do for $3k and then $5k?” In the end a challenge was set to the group. Raise $5k and a PRO3 decal will go onto Car No.41 for the race. In addition, Team Seattle drivers will compete with you at a race this year and a private donor will match your $5k totaling $10k for the charity.

By the end of that first day the $1k was achieved. By the Wednesday before Daytona the $5k and subsequent match was hit and the team carried on donating with a final tally exceeding $11,000! This was fantastic result for Team Seattle and a testament to the character of PRO3 racers.

PRO3 drivers with Grand-Am Driver James Gue

PRO3 drivers with Grand-Am Driver James Gue

PRO3 is growing in popularity from a fan and driver perspective. In 2010 the group was invited to support the NASCAR West race at Portland International Raceway where the racing from PRO3 was enjoyed by some more than the main event. In 2011 the invitation was extended again without hesitation. PRO3 has played host to many professional drivers looking for fun and a break from their pro commitments. Last year, 2009 GT Champion Leh Keen and Rolex GT and Contintental Tire driver James Gue competed with the group. James Clay from Bimmerworld has not only driven but is a sponsor of PRO3 as is Carlos Sparacio from TC Motorsports. The group is also the proving ground for drivers looking to make it to professional racing. 2007 PRO3 champion Ted Anthony Jr. is a regular Continental Tire GS and ST driver, as is Rick Edwards and in 2011 PRO3’s Dan Rogers will compete with Compass360 in the ST class.

The bond between PRO3, Team Seattle and now Grand-Am is growing and the charitable contributions mean not only are people having fun but they are making a difference.

Team Seattle would like to thank all of the PRO3 members who donated money for the 2011 Daytona race. Their contribution made a huge difference and epitomizes what both the charity and their group is all about.

To learn more about PRO3 Racing, visit their website or find them on Facebook.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 February 2011 22:17
 
Rolex - 10th place Daytona 24 hours PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dempsey Racing   
Monday, 31 January 2011 22:48

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (January 30, 2010) – Dempsey Racing and its pair of potent Mazda RX-8 GT teams combined for their best Rolex 24 At Daytona performance to date and set several team milestones along the way at this weekend’s 49th annual running of America’s premier endurance race.

 

Patrick Dempsey, Joe Foster, Charles Espenlaub and Tom Long all led the race in the No. 40 VISIT FLORIDA/ModSpace/Construct Corps Mazda RX-8 GT and recorded their first ever top-three podium finish in the No. 40 since debuting the entry in the 2007 finale at Salt Lake City. The sister No. 41 Team Seattle/Global Diving & Salvage Mazda RX-8 GT in turn ran as high as second and challenged for the lead early before overcoming a string of mechanical and contact-related issues to finish 10th with James Gué, Dane Cameron, Ian James, Dave Lacey and Don Kitch Jr. driving.

 

“It's been an amazing weekend, just getting here in itself,” said Dempsey, who led a career-high 28 race laps. “We had a really good test early on in the weekend, I think Thursday it felt good and comfortable and probably the best I've ever run here. Then I found myself leading the 24 hours, which was remarkable. And it was at night, too, which was fantastic because they wouldn’t tell me I was up front, just to keep the same pace. I didn’t know I was leading.”

 

The No. 40’s third place is Dempsey Racing’s best Rolex 24 result, but the team’s best finishing records have been earned by the No. 41 team. This includes the Dempsey team’s only victory at Watkins Glen last August, a second-place finish at Lime Rock and a pair of third place results in 2010 as well.

 

It appeared more success was in store early on in the Rolex 24 for the No. 41. Debuting driver Cameron moved into second, but a contact incident Saturday night and a Sunday morning mechanical issue thwarted what could have been a better showing. Despite the disappointment the 10th place result was still better than 2010’s 14th place finish in the No. 41’s first race.

 

“It's such a tough race, there are so many ups and downs throughout the race,” Gué said. “We ran as high as second, and then we were sitting in the garage. I'm very happy to be in the top 10 at the end. Certainly, not a bad result but we were hoping for a bit more, but it was good to see one of the cars of the team make it to the podium. Not a terrible start to the year, certainly better than last year's start here. I can't complain, we will take the points and look to the future. We've got a better car, a better team. Last year it was our first year and you learn and pick up a lot of things. I think we should be a real contender this year and I am happy with where we are at.”

 

Team Seattle also continued its long tradition of raising funds for Seattle Children’s Hospital during this year’s Rolex 24. The results of these efforts for this year’s race, as well as some additional fundraising and awareness programs that also benefitted the Dempsey Center for Cancer, Hope & Healing, will be confirmed in the near future.

 

From top performance on the track to major fundraising efforts, Dempsey is very pleased with the team of people that has come together to make Dempsey Racing what it is.

 

“This is validation of their hard work, and this is a team sport,” Dempsey said. “We are very fortunate to be sitting up here, the four of us, but we have a lot of guys and girls who have made it possible for us to be here, and I think that's what it says, that these guys are doing the right thing. And towards the end, to just watch them and to be on the pit wall and hear everybody's journey with each stint was an incredibly joyous, magic, fun moment. And I think, hopefully, if we can continue with our team, and to have those values emotionally, that we can continue on, I hope that's what it means. I hope that's what we can build.”

 

Next up for Dempsey Racing is the Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway, March 4 – 5, the site of Dempsey Racing’s first top-three podium finish last year with the No. 41 Dempsey Racing Mazda, which finished third.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 January 2011 22:54
 
Gué rejoins Dempsey Racing/Team Seattle for 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Gué   
Tuesday, 16 November 2010 14:57

Dane Cameron Joins James Gué on No. 41 Team Seattle/Global Diving & Salvage/Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8 GT Team

Dempsey Racing Returns Two Mazdas to Rolex GT in 2011; Greg Cates Named Team Manager

ATLANTA (November 12, 2010) – California road-racing talent Dane Cameron will partner with returning driver James Gué in the No. 41 Team Seattle/Global Diving & Salvage/Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8 GT in an all-out bid for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series GT Championship in 2011. Cameron’s signing was announced this afternoon by Dempsey Racing and Global Diving management personnel at the racing team’s Atlanta-area headquarters just prior to the team’s season-ending holiday celebration scheduled for Friday evening.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 January 2011 03:43
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