Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Patrick Dempsey Driven To Promote Indy Racing

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Some actors say they really want to direct, but Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey is more driven by auto racing.

In fact, Dempsey has just become a co-owner for Vision Racing, which is participating in the Indy Racing League, opening its 2006 season March 26 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Dempsey didn’t just steer himself towards racing recently. He’s been a lifelong fan and says because his Dad was a big fan, he “got the bug early on.”

So much so that his first major purchase was a classic 1959 356 Porsche like the one driven by James Dean.

He’s looking forward to being a race team owner but admits he’s going to have to do some serious scheduling in order to balance his Grey’s Anatomy commitments and a new movie with the various IndyCar races.

His involvement with Vision Racing is partly to increase the press file and Dempsey says he’ll do that willingly. He’s already considering bringing his partners Tomas Scheckter and Ed Carpenter on to Grey’s Anatomy and figures, “they can play my patients.”

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