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TUSC: Dempsey Racing announces Davis, Konrad partnership

Jan 2, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

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

Patrick Dempsey’s team has announced most of its driver plans for this year’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship on Thursday.

Dempsey’s full-season co-driver will be Andrew Davis, who co-drove the team’s second car for a handful of events in 2013. Dempsey’s longtime business partner and teammate Joe Foster, and a to-be-announced fourth driver, will round out the No. 27 Porsche 911 GT America in the GT Daytona class.

“Driving the full season with Andrew as my teammate is fantastic,” said Dempsey, the popular Hollywood actor who is also a lead driver and owner of Dempsey Racing. “He is truly one of the good guys in the paddock and we learned working with him last year that he is also one of the fastest on the track too, and very experienced in Porsches.  We are heading into this season with high expectations.”

Davis replaces Andy Lally, who drove alongside Dempsey in 2013 but will stick with Magnus Racing for 2014.

The second car, the No. 28 Porsche, will feature a partnership with veteran European outfit Konrad Motorsport. Christian Engelhart, Rolf Ineichen, Lance Willsey, Klaus Bachler and team owner Franz Konrad will drive at Daytona and full-season drivers will be announced at a later date.

Dempsey Racing competed in the American Le Mans Series only in 2013 with two GTC class Porsches, and also ran a 2012-spec Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in partnership with Proton Competition at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Dempsey, Foster and Porsche factory shoe Patrick Long finished fourth in the GTE Am class. The team also premiered a documentary on the Velocity channel – Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans – to critical acclaim.

Prior to that, Dempsey ran a joint effort in the ALMS and GRAND-AM Rolex Series, the latter with a Mazda RX-8 chassis in the Rolex Series’ GT class. The team finished third in class at the 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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