• Oct 19th 2007 at 1:32PM
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The ladies swoon over Patrick Dempsey on Grey's Anatomy so much that he's garnered the nickname McDreamy on the show. McDreamy himself, however, dreams about ponies - a particular pony, in fact, in the form of a Ford Mustang FR500C built for the Grand Am Road Racing KONI Series. Dempsey recently competed in the Grand Sport (GS) class with co-drivers Joe Foster and Rick Skelton. The season ended on Oct. 7th at Virginia International Raceway, and Dempsey's best finish ended up being sixth place at Miami back in April. He says he strives to get faster, so hopefully we will see more of the good doctor behind the wheel of a Mustang.

Dempsey credits his passion for racing to the days of watching major motorsports events like the Indianapolis 500, Dayton 500 and Monte Carlo Grand Prix with his father. Surprisingly, he got his start in racing through the Skip Barber and Panoz driving schools, though no doubt his money and fame helped land him in the driver's seat of an actual race car. He attributes his draw towards the Ford Mustang to the aura generated by the works of Carroll Shelby and the Mustang's deep history. This pin-up doctor is apparently much deeper than we thought.

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By: Rob Musial

On the hit ABC-TV series Grey's Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey is the handsome neurosurgeon tagged "Dr. McDreamy" by fans.

They might also call him "Dr. McMustang." Besides his TV and movie career, Dempsey competes in a specially-built Mustang FR500C in the Grand Am Road Racing KONI series.

Dempsey said roaring around a racetrack at speeds up to 170 mph is more fun than the 14-hour days he puts in on the set of Grey's Anatomy.

"It's a nice departure from Hollywood," said Dempsey, who co-owns the Hyper Sport racing team with fellow drivers Joe Foster and Rick Skelton. "It's a way to challenge yourself mentally, physically and financially. The camaraderie helps, too."

The actor had nice things to say about driving his team's No. 54 Supercuts Mustang in the series' Grand Sport (GS) class.

"There's just something about the Mustang," said Dempsey. "You think of Carroll Shelby, of course, and the history of it and, to be a part of that history, is an honor. It's a fun car to drive.

"People have an emotional attachment to that car so they tend to gravitate toward the team," he said.

Dempsey grew up watching the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500 and the Monte Carlo Grand Prix on TV with his father. Attracted to the sport, he attended the Skip Barber and the Panoz driving schools before his TV success.

"A lot of these people I race with knew me before the success of Grey's Anatomy, and everyone's real supportive of my involvement," he said.

During races, he alternates driving duties with Foster and Skelton. In the 12-race Koni Challenge season which just ended, Dempsey's best finish was sixth, at an April race in Miami.

The actor, whose romantic comedy "Made of Honor" is due in theaters next year, credits his wife, Jillian, for making it possible for him to race.

"I just really have a supportive wife. It does take a lot of time away from the family. We all have kids on the team, and that's one of the frustrations," said Dempsey, who is father of eight-month-old twins and a 5-year-old.

Dempsey, who also competes in a Mazda RX-8 GT in the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series, said fulfilling his boyhood dream to race cars can cut both ways.

"At first, I was like 'I'm here and I'm doing it,' and after you do it for awhile, you're like, 'I'm doing it, but I'm not the fastest,' " he said.

"I just want to get faster."

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow. Rich guy like racing.

      In other news, rich guys like planes, houses, wine, eating well, and not mingling with the common people.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And if you actually watch the races (I swear, I'm the ONLY person who likes the KONI Challenge), SPEED treats Patrick Dempsey with a lot of respect. He gets the coverage you'd expect from a 2nd or 3rd driver on a decent team and not a lot more.

      I wish SPEED would air all 12 KONI races, they only seemed to air 3 this year.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's the Daytona 500, not Dayton. I don't think there are all that many beaches in mid-ohio.
        • 7 Years Ago
        There is Mid-Ohio raceway, but that's in Lexington, and not sandy, and it's a road course, so yeah.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Bring it!

      Shake n Bake
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am so glad he's doing well.. I have followed his career for a long time, and new about his racing long before most of his fans,that's always impressed me more than the acting, but I never miss his show or a race. He has inspired me as well as an artist that I came out with my own line of female couture race sports wear. I am having my first fashion runway show with the clothing line Tuesday Oct 23, rd in los angeles...at the Oasis Event Center in downtown. I hope that it will be a success my models look awesome. It would be great if he would to show up and sponser us on one of his cars. Women are coming up in the business and I want to be the one dressing them at the Espy awards and at their premieres..I have never found such pleasure and passion in anything I have ever done before..if yur in LA look us up...we'll be second on the Runway ....we're be the McDreamettes for sure...you gotta love racing!
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