This weekend Dempsey will co-drive the No. 27 Porsche 911 in the GT Daytona class.
Three years ago at the Rolex 24, actor-racer Patrick Dempsey truly looked more like the latter in co-driving to a third-place finish in the production-based GT class -- arguably the best result of his racing career.
Dempsey led the GT class for 28 laps; it was considered a watershed performance for a man who wants to be known as much for his racing as his Hollywood achievements. His post-race interview after coming off the podium celebration was an emotional, almost cathartic display where he talked openly about his long-time dreams of being a race car driver, and what it meant to realize those dreams.
"It's exciting to be back," Dempsey said. "GTD is a very competitive, huge (29 cars) field this year. The key to win here is you can't make any mistakes.
Not come into the pits. [For me] I have to keep a pace I'm comfortable with. But we have a great driver lineup. We have a team that can do it."