How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice. Ask Patrick Dempsey and he'll likely tell you the same secret for landing a role on a hit TV show or, for that matter, driving a Porsche in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

That's because, like McQueen and Newman, Dempsey has earned his place in that rarified field of actors who also race. He's competed in Baja and Grand-Am, co-owns an IndyCar team, and this year returned to Le Mans where he and his teammates Joe Foster and Patrick Long finished fourth in the GTE-Am class behind the wheel of their Porsche 911 RSR.

It's a grueling race, and the fluid transition between drivers behind the wheel is a key element to success. Check out the satirical video below to see how Dempsey and company got ready.
Speeding It Up With Patrick Dempsey


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      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish I was a racing driver at least for one day.
      carboy55
      • 1 Year Ago
      BS, get real. There are 100 drivers under 30 in Germany alone who could outqualify Dempsey on any track. It\'s all about PR potential, and he can\'t race anywhere without camera crews in tow.
        Hal20xx
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carboy55
        Good. Use your aggressive feelings, boy. Let the hate flow through you.
      dude
      • 1 Year Ago
      hes a B-list celebrity and has-been..... no body cares about Patrick Dempsy
      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      the answer is $$$$$$ as if there was ever any question
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ELG
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          sparrk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ dearest rat, Porsche did win at both categories this year and Dempsey's team managed to do an honorable 4th place. Of course Patrick Long did the hard work, but Dempsey actually did some pretty good lap times on the 911 RSR and that car is not easy to drive.
      timto82
      • 1 Year Ago
      For multi-driver endurance races, are the drivers all the same size? I assume a Porsche RSR doesn't have a tilt-telescope wheel or highly adjustable seats, so being the same size (same inseam, reach, torso length) would seem to be pretty important.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @timto82
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        ELG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @timto82
        ever watch an endurance race? they have seat inserts that go in and out with each driver.
      Allaround
      • 1 Year Ago
      Money has a lot to do with it and big time actors like Dempsey have a lot of money. Why, because learning to drive at that level takes a lot of time. And unless your pops started you in go karts at a young age, if you're going to do it as an adult, you need money, plain and simple. How much is racing school? $4k? How about a decent DE car? Even is you're racing Miatas at your local track its much more expensive to race cars than play softball on Tuesday nights. I'm not discounting Dempsey's talent, but you can't discount his high available budget either.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Allaround
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      mktnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      Little fellers fit on-screen, or in the cockpit -- then there's ambition, also a hallmark of each profession. Conclusion? Mark Weber and Tommy Kendall need an acting coach, stat.
      EZen
      • 1 Year Ago
      To answer the trolls, money is more important than talent. Can you race without money? No. Can you race without talent? Yes. I'm trying to find a non-Spec Miata / Spec Neon class to race in and there's basically nothing that won't cost you $20k over the first year or two. Scale that up to ALMS quality and you're talking hundreds of thousands if not millions. Money fuels everything and Dempsey is a very qualified driver AND brings tons of money. He holds down good lap times and keeps the team running. That is at least as important as turning great lap times as a paid driver.
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