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Actors turned racers

Microsoft IES Logo By John LeBlanc, MSN Autos of Microsoft IES | Slide 1 of 10

Patrick Dempsey

Best known for his current role as brain surgeon Dr. Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd in television's Grey's Anatomy and in recent films such as Made of Honor and Valentine's Day, Patrick Dempsey began his acting career in the mid-1980s. However, one of the 44-year-old American actor's biggest passions off-screen is motor racing.His first "real" sports car was a 1959 Porsche 356, which would spark him to enroll in the Skip Barber and Panoz racing schools. In 2004, he began driving in several amateur racing series. During a trip to the Indy 500, track owner Tony George invited Patrick to join his new Vision IndyCar Racing team.Today, Dempsey co-owns Vision and Dempsey Racing, which competes in the Grand Am series. He has competed in the Rolex Sports Car Series. And in 2009, he raced a Team Seattle Advanced Engineering Ferrari F430 GT in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He finished ninth in the GT2 class.
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