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Dempsey Le Mans documentary wraps tonight

Sep 18, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

U.S. actor Patrick Dempsey is seen before the start of the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in Le Mans Reuters

The four-part documentary chronicling Patrick Dempsey’s road to the 24 Hours of Le Mans wraps tonight with, fittingly, the Dempsey Del Piero Racing team’s trip to Le Mans.

Part one of “Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans” introduced Dempsey’s 2012 race program and tied in his burgeoning racing career to other actors-turned-racers bitten by the racing bug, James Garner, Steve McQueen, and most notably Paul Newman. The second part featured the second half of 2012, where financial issues arose and the team’s P2 program ended after the final round of the season. The third, last week, was the introduction of Porsche to Dempsey Racing, and featured the opening rounds of the 2013 American Le Mans Series season with DDPR running two cars.

The fourth and final installment is Dempsey’s trip to Le Mans with longtime friend, business partner and co-driver Joe Foster, and late Le Mans addition Patrick Long, Porsche’s lone American factory driver. Long was drafted in to replace Michael Avenatti to enhance the team’s competitiveness; the third installment revealed Avenatti, who had promised additional funding to the team, was not thrilled with the decision to put it mildly.

The show airs tonight, 10 p.m. ET, on the Velocity channel.

  1. drylake - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    What an absolute unqualified breath of fresh air. With this and “Rush” coming out, coupled with the NASCAR scandals, could we perhaps chip away a big chunk of the NASCAR dominance.

  2. worknman24hours - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Patrick actually IS a road racer first and an actor second.

    Nice to see real people making programming about racing again.

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