'Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans' To Air In August
This summer, Velocity follows Patrick Dempsey as he joins an elite group when he tackles the world's oldest – and most grueling – automotive endurance race, France's 24 Hours of Le Mans.
"Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans" follows the "Grey's Anatomy" star 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.
Dempsey explained, "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. 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: Racing Le Mans" premieres on Velocity on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).