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Dave Despain talks to Patrick Dempsey about his first run in the 24 Hours of LeMans with the Team Seattle Ferrari team.
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Patrick Dempsey is best known for his role as a neurosurgeon on Grey's Anatomy but his racing. More healthy for the every day he actively compete for the Rolex sports car series GT categories. We will expand his horizons next month probably beat teams Seattle Ferrari in his first shot of the sports world with the ball elsewhere. Well he's done that so -- fouls enjoy a couple of five of those wide -- the veteran guards versus the seventh week. Later this year and he -- the car along with Tony George of the vision racing IndyCar team tonight we're pleased to -- -- -- after faster time that I -- heavier. It's a pleasure being here thank you very much a want to give the first question to a guy on the gender caught -- Dwight cast what I wanted to ask you anywhere word it is racing -- -- star -- to come from. I'm my father was a big fan -- in the car short track car and -- Maryland this is. Many many years ago and we always were watching the Indy 500 than anything that was on television I think it started there. You fast forward a few years speaking of watching television you have a very successful career wife and family and one night you -- to -- for sitting there watching speed and according to press release from what happens what was -- -- say that the. She's or get off the couch and go racing and she got me at three day competition. -- barber certificate. And that's sort of opened the door and and I went on to the Panos racing school. And did this series a little bit in the and then I just completely addicted to it and couldn't stop and just keep hitting. -- -- -- Obviously very well. And after coming Arab men -- when -- -- without the support my wife's idea. And after a couple of years of gold Rolex GT class -- He you're headed for a ball in June -- Ferrari and for a good cause to me about that took a bigger deal that -- to you. On so many levels working with that team Seattle which is a great thing you can get a team Seattle dot com and and it's sort of a sign up his earnings and pledges each lap that we complete. Money goes to that caused her -- children with heart problems and -- will be else's history with. Hospital and Paris's love -- happy. And to raise up Ferrari of them wanted -- -- truth I was having their testing a couple of weeks ago. And it's just it's an unbelievable. Experience it's it's like Indy it's like the masters it's it all started their road racing really started there and you can feel that history. And it's amazing experience to be a part of it in for such a great causes well some very fortunate to be yet teamed up with Don kitchen and my partner here -- Joe Foster. And hopefully we have good luck can we conclude every lap that's the goal in the through the experience and and see where all ends up. I'm intrigued by the fact that you're dyslexic diagnosed at age twelve. Follow which you have in common with the world champion Jackie Stewart who was not diagnosed until the kids. Are his kids were actually diagnosed or tested him and found out he was too and he said it took a huge weight. Off his shoulders because he realized that there was an explanation for all the trouble with the apparent in school. I'm wondering how old you say dyslexia help make Q what you wore today wondering how -- war. Well some things didn't come easy to me and I had to figure out how to survive that and overcome those obstacles and I think that's where really. Makes a big difference right now in my life by certain skills I wish I had that I I don't have. But I work on them. It's -- you can survive. Even 25 years in. In the film business and through in the entertainment business and overcoming obstacles and not giving up it's hot. At the same time I think -- young hard to self esteem you know confidence accusing people succeeding in reading and and improving and doing things that you can't in. I had that was something else and overcome and I mean I feel for you -- -- -- being diagnosed with that and realize that it you know. It's just it's a gift in many ways and and you just have to figure out the tools to survive it and move on. All want more tomorrow total offense wants no we get this question a lot for a personal bruised effort which are daily driver is what what do what you -- Carter drove -- their neighbors whose. Have been collecting a lot of course remember years my daily drivers -- Porsche GT three RS which is so a lot of fun to drive. Who are heavy clutched his and that helps in traffic especially if -- just gotten a lot of time in. Well frustrating to be driving the car now -- They'll understand. You list as heroes Paul Newman Phil hill and Carroll Shelby -- -- give you credit for guard Jason heroes. And UN Newman Kevin -- in the obviously actors turn racers specifically road racers what is it about him that you would -- I think he got started in racing quite late I believe he was forty years old and and he he stuck at for very long time it became very very good at that. Profession and down and that's something that you always have to keep your mind that you it requires a lot of seat time in it and strong commitment to be that he did that in in. Was very successful place second at the more he only went once and he did a great job there also what he did it with his life and his visibility. The whole wall gang. In humans and all that stuff the charity that he didn't resources that he. Okay back to people is in and it's -- music also laughter. And a great husband -- all of those things together I think combined. And as someone you really want to look at and Reuters in a I look up to and I think what would he do how come on sort of live up to what he's done. For some because you get this question a lot and I -- it's a shame he's not here anymore would have liked to spend time talking about how we got started racing. His philosophy in in and how he sort of got the level he got him. New subject last we -- raced in the -- in New Jersey. And you have a -- we finish seventh the class by the way and that brings to mind the fact that you own the rights to Garth -- -- book entitled your reversing the right. For those who don't know the book it's sort of a club racer Denny -- told from the point of view of -- his speed TV loving dog named end zone. It will this -- made Willis movie get made do you think -- if so will you play any swift. I helped him that's the reason for doing yeah I mean a lot of people from my. I'm very fortunate to have a great relationship with monster we run Derek Hagan in the grand am series and everybody came up to me going you have to read this book you have to read this -- through this as a movie. And I read the book fell in love with -- reached out in and got the rights in it's like anything it takes time to develop the story properly. We are moving forward with that we have. -- that -- close and universal we hope to get that. Scripts done as soon as possible we will see so it's probably a year out from production. But the goal was to make it to be -- It's a tough business own development takes a very long time. As a dog -- I residents in this as possible. As a total of rigorous I would look to -- good enough but hey thanks for your time tonight my book I recommend you are reading it. It's called racing we are bracing in the red Patrick Dempsey good luck to them off thanks for your time tonight. Thank you very much revenue on --