We just received news that Dempsey Racing principal, Patrick Dempsey, will be joining Team Seattle as they take on the world at this years 24 Hours of Le Mans (June 13-14). Dempsey, an avid race car driver and star of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, will join a team of seasoned endurance racing drivers, to include sports car racer and instructor Don Kitch, Jr. as well as the 2008 Grand Am Koni Challenge Champion, Joe Foster.
When asked about his involvement with Team Seattle and his continued Grand-Am Rolex Series efforts, actor and race driver Patrick Dempsey had this to say: “while we remain 100% committed to our Mazda-powered Rolex Series program this opportunity to ally with Team Seattle and enhance its efforts to drive funding to Seattle Children’s Hospital and their Team France partner is an opportunity that Dempsey Racing is honored to accept.”
Team Seattle will enter a Ferrari 430 GT, which has been prepared by the FIA GT Championship winning team at Advanced Engineering, into this years running of the 24 Hours. When asked about the addition of Patrick Dempsey to the race team, Team Seattle founder and driver Don Kitch, Jr. had this to say: “I am absolutely elated to have Patrick Dempsey and Joe Foster supporting Team Seattle. In and out of the car, these two will make excellent teammates. Patrick is by no means new to the Team Seattle campaign as he has been very supportive of the effort since we first met at the Daytona 24 Hour, he commented then that he loved what we were doing and wanted to help in any way he could.”
A 12 year effort to utilize sports car racing as a way to increase awareness and generate support for Seattle’s Children’s Hospital, Team Seattle, in addition to competing in this years 24Hours of Le Mans, hopes to donate one million dollars to Children’s Hospital before leaving for France.
Click here for additional information on Team Seattle and their 2009 Le Mans effort. Be sure and stay tuned, as ColdTrackDays will bring you continued coverage of the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans.