Popular Actor/Racer Fields New ALMS P2 Program at Road America
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug.14, 2012) - Still carrying the momentum of the new program's first podium finish in only its second race in early July at Lime Rock Park, Patrick Dempsey and Joe Foster are scheduled to make their second appearance of the summer at Road America this weekend in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) Road Race Showcase on Saturday, August 18.
Dempsey, the popular actor/racecar driver who stars in Grey's Anatomy, made his first ever visit to Road America in June's GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series 250 Driven by VISIT FLORIDA and is scheduled to return this weekend with Foster for some ALMS action in the No. 27 GNC Beverages/Trina Solar/Motegi Racing/Dempsey Racing Lola-Judd.
Although Dempsey's busy Hollywood calendar can sometimes force him to miss any race at the last minute, including Saturday's four-hour endurance event, the team is hopeful Dempsey can pull off the Road America encore this weekend.
"Road America is a fantastic facility, a great history, it is one of the more special tracks that we go to," Dempsey said. "Everybody in town is a race fan. When you wake up in the morning, and you are around the lake, you hear racecars. It's a great place to live I think."
Dempsey and his teammates also think Road America is a great place to race and look forward to running the P2-class Lola-Judd on the four-mile circuit. After racing Mazda RX-8 GTs fulltime in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series since 2008, Dempsey Racing added a two car ALMS program to the mix this year. The effort includes a full season PC-class team for Henri Richard and Duncan Ende in the Silicon Tech/Dempsey Racing No. 25 STANDD/Racer's Roast Oreca FLM09. Richard and Ende also hit the podium for the first time at Lime Rock as both the No. 27 and No. 25 teams earned ALMS career-best third-place finishes.
"Lime Rock was actually a very good result for the team, we got both cars on the podium, which is great for Duncan and Henri, and we are very happy for them and everybody on the Silicon Tech/Dempsey Racing effort who have been working so hard all season," Foster said. "As far as our 27 effort, Patrick drove a fantastic stint, lots of crazy traffic here, and my opening stint went well too. We look forward to more success at Road America and it will be great to have a little more room to race."
Dempsey Racing's move to P2 comes with the support of longtime team partner Mazda, Richard and STR, second-year sponsor Trina Solar and new partners GNC Beverages and Motegi Racing Wheels. Dempsey Racing has also entered into an agreement with Michelin to supply tires for the team's P2 entry in its partial debut season of competition this year.
"The team has had an amazing progression in its partnerships and ability to provide value," Dempsey said. "We are working hard on putting together additional partners to help get us back to Le Mans but also being able to compete at fantastic venues like Sebring, Daytona, Indianapolis, Road Atlanta and, of course, Road America will make this season a thrill for me as a driver as well as team owner."
Source: Road America media