One man. One vision. Patrick Dempsey is a devoted racing driver and indulges his passion for motorsports with incomparable enthusiasm. He has been a Porsche Motorsport fan ever since he could stand on two legs, and has since scaled his way to the summit of motorsports – scoring 2nd place in the GTE Am class at the 24h of Le Mans.
We spoke to him about his two careers, his relationship with Porsche and the challenges of the FIA WEC in the lead-up to his greatest triumph on the Circuit des 24 Heures.
Patrick Dempsey reveals why acting and motorsports have more in common than you would expect.
»I think there is a sense of being lost in the moment, which happens both in the car and with the person you are working with in the scene.«
What makes Porsche so extraordinary? Patrick Dempsey on the unique sense of belonging that characterises the Porsche family.
»There is a sense of 'We are in this together'. We are in this, because we love doing it. And we want to do it. And there is a purity in that. And there is unconditional love within that.«
The FIA WEC is a thrill and a challenge in equal measure. Patrick Dempsey talks about how the racing series has changed him.
»The FIA WEC attracts some of the best drivers of the world. To be a part of that is good, it is challenging.«
Every racing driver has tips and tricks of their very own. Patrick Dempsey reveals which of his rituals were inspired by his colleagues.
»I think the beauty of racing is that it forces you to be in the present.«
An interview marathon like this is long – especially for the drivers. We are sharing what went on behind the scenes at our interview with Patrick Dempsey.
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** These data were obtained using the Euro 5 measurement method (715/2007/EC and 692/2008/EC) in the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) with standard equipment. The information does not refer to an individual vehicle and is not part of the offer, but is simply provided so that comparisons can be made between different types of vehicle. Further, up to date information on the individual vehicles can be obtained from your Porsche Centre. Consumption figures were obtained on the basis of standard equipment. Special equipment may affect consumption and performance.