via press release:
Patrick Dempsey CHASES THE WORLD’S BEST DRIVERS AND PAST RACING LEGENDS IN PATRICK DEMPSEY: RACING LE MANS on VELOCITY
--World Premiere Four-Part Television Event Debuts Wednesday, August 28 at 10:00PM ET/PT on Velocity--
(Silver Spring, Md.)—The list of legendary actors-turned-racers is as short as it is iconic: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and James Garner. This summer, Velocity follows Patrick Dempsey as he joins this elite group when he tackles the world’s oldest – and most grueling – automotive endurance race, France’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The world-premiere television event PATRICK DEMPSEY: RACING LE MANS follows Dempsey as he and his team, co-owned with Italian soccer superstar Alessandro Del Piero, prepare for the vehicular equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest. From sponsor recruitment, to time trials, to juggling his family and Hollywood career, the four-part miniseries offers unlimited access to Dempsey and his Porsche 911 GT3 RSR team as they prepare to risk everything on Europe’s most historic track. PATRICK DEMPSEY: RACING LE MANS premieres on Velocity on Wednesday, August 28 at 10:00 PM (ET/PT).
“Racing is my true passion, and taking on Le Mans will be the biggest challenge of my life so far. Le Mans pushes both driver and machine to the absolute brink, testing stamina, skill and endurance unlike any other event in the world,” said Dempsey. “Just getting to Le Mans is almost as challenging as the race itself. This project reflects a 360-degree-view of the entire race process – including all the ups and downs along the way.”
Dempsey will take his turn at the wheel, alongside Porsche racing partners Patrick Long and Joe Foster at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 22 and 23. Since its inception in 1923, the race has tested the strength and stamina of both drivers and their vehicles. When the flag drops, racers compete against each other for a full day, as they must manage their vehicle’s maintenance and resources as they work through their own hunger and exhaustion.
“Patrick Dempsey embodies the all core values of Velocity programming: authenticity, expertise and most importantly, passion,” said Robert Scanlon, General Manager of Velocity. “Le Mans is a pinnacle of motorsports and the ultimate melding of man and machine. The thrilling action and unmatched drama of Patrick pushing his skills to the limits will have Velocity viewers on the edge of their seats.”