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American TV star Patrick Dempsey finished near the top of pack at the 24 Hours Le Mans endurance race in the GTE Amateur category in France on Sunday, placing a valiant 2nd. The actor was very emotional when speaking to reporters after his placing in the race.
Dempsey, 49, was one of three drivers on the Dempsey-Proton Porsche 911 RSR team, along with American Patrick Long and German Marco Seefried. Although this was the fourth start for the Grey’s Anatomy star, this was the first time he placed in a top-three position. The team finished behind the winning Scuderia Corsa Ferrari driven by Andrea Bertolini, Victor Shaitar and Aleksey Basov.
He said he fails to put the experience into words, after such support from Porsche and his teammates warranted a top-three place at Le Mans. The Hollywood star turned international racer said that the race was, “an amazing accomplishment.”
Dempsey brought Porsche its 17th victory, the team’s first since 1998 at Le Mans. This race shows that the former silver screen star may make a name for himself in the world of racing.
By Alex Lemieux
Associated Press: AMERICAN ACTOR DEMPSEY FINISHES 2ND IN LE MANS AMATEUR RACE
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