SUPERSTAR PATRICK DEMPSEY TO COMPETE IN GRAND AM KONI CHALLENGE AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY HOMESTEAD, FL (April 11, 2007) -- One of America's favorite TV doctors will soon make a "house-call" to Homestead-Miami Speedway. On Sunday, April...
SUPERSTAR PATRICK DEMPSEY TO COMPETE IN GRAND AM KONI CHALLENGE AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY
HOMESTEAD, FL (April 11, 2007) -- One of America's favorite TV doctors will soon make a "house-call" to Homestead-Miami Speedway. On Sunday, April 15 Patrick Dempsey, who plays Dr. Derek Shepherd on the hit show Grey's Anatomy, will switch roles to co-drive the No. 54 Supercuts Ford Mustang GT for Hyper Sport in the Grand Am Koni Challenge GS Race. This high-speed 2.5 hour timed event will take place on the Speedway's 2.3-mile road course.
Dempsey, a long-time race enthusiast made five Grand Am Cup starts in 2006, and is even a part-owner of the Vision Racing team in the IndyCar Series.
"Racing is something I really need in my life right now," Dempsey told Details Magazine. "The excitement of it calms me down, oddly enough. You're in the car and you're alone. It's a complete escape from everything."
Away from the track, Dempsey has starred in feature films including Can't Buy Me Love, Scream 3, With Honors, and Outbreak. He was named one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive in 2006 and has appeared on TV shows including The Practice and Will and Grace.
The Grand Am Koni Challenge Series comes to Homestead-Miami Speedway, April 13-15. Catch motorcycles and sports cars when daredevil drivers from across the United States compete for cash, prizes, and the title. Friday is free to the public, and tickets for Saturday and Sunday can be purchased at the Speedway's back tunnel, just inside Gate 18. Tickets must be purchased with cash and are $10 per day, or $15 for both days, with kids 12 and under admitted FREE. For more information please visit www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com or www.grandamerican.com.