Patrick Dempsey will focus on an FIA World Endurance Championship program in 2015.
The Hollywood actor who has since focused more time each year on sports car racing over the last decade, will run a full-season GTE-Am effort known as Dempsey Proton Racing, a Porsche 911 RSR. The team will work in partnership with Proton Competition.
Additionally, he’ll run with Porsche’s lone American factory driver Patrick Long. As Long is a Platinum and Dempsey a Bronze, the team will need to confirm a Silver-rated driver to confirm the car’s driver lineup to the class regulations.
Dempsey announced the news at the Los Angeles Auto Show today.
“I’m already looking forward to 2015, and I’m proud to be able to contest the entire WEC as well as Le Mans with a Porsche,” Dempsey said, via a Porsche release. “Porsche’s experience in long distance racing is invaluable. Porsche was winning sports car races before I was even born. As a childhood fan of Porsche, I grew up with their successes at Le Mans, Daytona, and the Targa Florio. There are moments when I simply cannot believe that I am now a member of this great team.”
As for his TUDOR United SportsCar Championship program, Sportscar365 has reported the end of the Dempsey Racing operational effort, although the brand name could live on with another team running the operations for selected events.
No formal announcement of Dempsey in TUDOR Championship races will come today.
Long’s departure to WEC, as well, provides the talented American a chance to shine on the world stage for the first time over a full season, after doing well in occasional outings both at Le Mans (where he’s a class winner) and in Australian racing.
His departure would open up a full-time seat in one of Porsche North America’s GT Le Mans class Porsche 911 RSRs in the TUDOR Championship, with Porsche choosing to decide that car’s driver lineup and Long’s North American program later this offseason.