Patrick Dempsey drives onto Velocity in August

The four-part series Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans follows the actor and his team as they tackle the world's oldest automotive endurance race, France's 24 Hours of Le Mans.
June 21, 2013

U.S. cable network Velocity’s four-part series Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans will debut on August 28 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

First announced at the Discovery Communications Upfronts last April, the Planet Grande series follows the actor and his team, co-owned by Italian soccer star Alessandro Del Piero, as they tackle the world’s oldest automotive endurance race, France’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The four-episode miniseries documents how Dempsey juggles career and family leading up to the race, and the efforts to recruit sponsors, the time trials, and the general action as he takes his Porsche 911 GT3 RSR on Europe’s historic track.

“Racing is my true passion, and taking on Le Mans will be the biggest challenge of my life so far,” said Dempsey in a statement. “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.”

“Patrick Dempsey embodies all the core values of Velocity programming: authenticity, expertise and most importantly, passion,” added 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.”

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