Patrick Dempsey Returns To Track

Patrick Dempsey returned to the track for the first time since April today at the Virginia International Raceway in the new Dempsey Racing #40 Mazda RX-8.

“The new car feels great,” Dempsey said. “It’s not as violent as the old car. It’s quieter with the different exhaust setup, and a lot stronger. I’m happy with it.”

Having enjoyed his return to track he admitted it was good to be back in the GRAND-AM paddock.

“It’s great to be back and see everybody,” he said. “I feel no pressure. I can get in the car and enjoy myself.”

Looking ahead to 2011 Dempsey revealed that he would be taking part in the Rolex 24 at Daytona plus as many other races that his schedule allows him.

We had a good run at Daytona last year,” said Dempsey, who had a personal career best sixth-place finish. “Our team is gelling. We won a race last year, but we’ve got a lot of work ahead for this season.”

Dempsey has enjoyed a variety of racing alongside his acting career including the Baja 1000 off-road race, 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans where he finished 9th in the GT2 class and the GRAND-AM series (including the Rolex 24).