for your iPhone
for your iPad
Tudor USCC

Classes

Prototype (P)

Prototype Challenge(PC)

GT Le Mans (GTLM

GT Daytona (GTD)

USCC Point Standings
After Rolex 24
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Scott Dixon 36
1 Tony Kanaan 36
1 Kyle Larson 36
1 Jamie McMurray 36
2 Joao Barbosa 33
2 Sebastien Bourdais 33
2 Christian Fittipaldi 33
3 Guy Cosmo 31
3 Mike Rockenfeller 31
3 Michael Valiante 31
3 Richard Westbrook 31
4 Dane Cameron 29
4 Eric Curran 29
4 Phil Keen 29
4 Max Papis 29
5 AJ Allmendinger 27
5 Matt McMurry 27
5 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 27
5 John Pew 27
6 Joey Hand 26
6 Sage Karam 26
6 Charlie Kimball 26
6 Scott Pruett 26
7 David Cheng 25
7 Robert Gewirtz 25
7 Mark Kvamme 25
7 Shane Lewis 25
8 Byron DeFoor 24
8 David Hinton 24
8 Jim Pace 24
8 Dorsey Schroeder 24
8 Doug Smith 24
9 Rubens Barrichello 23
9 Tor Graves 23
9 Brendon Hartley 23
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay 23
9 Scott Mayer 23
10 Ryan Dalziel 22
10 David Heinemeier Hansson 22
10 Scott Sharp 22
11 Ben Devlin 21
11 Tom Long 21
11 Joel Miller 21
12 Jonathan Bomarito 20
12 James Hinchcliffe 20
12 Tristan Nunez 20
12 Sylvain Tremblay 20
13 Alex Brundle 19
13 Nic Jonsson 19
13 Tracy Krohn 19
13 Olivier Pla 19
14 Ed Brown 18
14 Jon Fogarty 18
14 Johannes van Overbeek 18
15 Gabby Chaves 17
15 Katherine Legge 17
15 Andy Meyrick 17
15 Memo Rojas 17
16 Max Angelelli 16
16 Jordan Taylor 16 Ricky Taylor 16
16

Teams
1 #02 Chip Ganassi Racing 36
2 #5 Action Express Racing 33
3 #90 VisitFlorida.com Racing 31
4 #31 Action Express Racing 29
5 #60 Michael Shank Racing 27
6 #01 Chip Ganassi Racing 26
7 #66 RG Racing 25
8 #50 Highway To Help Race Team 24
9 #7 Starworks Motorsport 23
10 #1 Tequila Patrn ESM 22
11 #07 SpeedSource 21
12 #70 SpeedSource 20
13 #57 Krohn Racing 19
14 #2 Tequila Patron ESM 18
15 #0 DeltaWing Racing 17
16 #10 Wayne Taylor Racing 16

Manufacturers
1 Ford 35
2 Chevrolet 32
3 Honda 30
4 BMW 28
5 Mazda 26
Dempsey Racing's latest evolution

Tony DiZinno
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Advertisement

Patrick Dempsey and Joe Foster
It’s been a whirlwind 12 months for Patrick Dempsey, whose racing program has evolved along with the changing sports car landscape in North America. Along with Dempsey Racing team co-principal and co-driver Joe Foster, Dempsey took on a four-car, two-series effort in 2012. True to form, things are changing for the team again this year.

The 2012 season featured the team’s two-car entry in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n, split between a PC class ORECA FLM09 and a P2 Lola-Judd coupe, the latter of which Dempsey drove in five races and scored two podium finishes. The Hollywood star also continued a two-car Mazda RX-8 campaign in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series’ GT class.

Come 2013, Dempsey and longtime manufacturer partner Mazda have gone their separate ways, but the ambitions and goals of competing haven’t changed.

Last week, Dempsey confirmed a new partnership with soccer star Alessandro Del Piero to form Dempsey/Del Piero Racing, which we now know will run two GTC class Porsches in the ALMS, and a partnership with Proton Competition in Europe to field a 2012-spec Porsche 911 in the GTE AM class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This marks Dempsey’s first Le Mans entry under his own team, having partnered with AF Corse for his prior appearance in 2009.

As the only team principal with dual full-season programs in 2012, Dempsey is well-versed to view the landscape of both series and how he sees Dempsey Racing moving ahead for 2013 and beyond.

Actor Patrick Dempsey is a pretty darn good race car driver
“We know going in (to 2012) we wanted to be ready for Le Mans in 2013, so we had to come over here (in the ALMS) to understand what it would take to run a proper program,” Dempsey said at last year’s Petit Le Mans. “It was a great transition to be the only team to do both a full season of GRAND-AM and also run in ALMS. We learned a lot about costs, logistics, and building an infrastructure of team and people.”

Dempsey thanked Foster for his efforts to keep the team on track on its budget for the 2012 season.

“You need a war chest to prevent [going over budget] from happening,” Dempsey said. “We’re very clear on what our budget was, and we stayed on track to that all year. Joe did a great job with that.”

As much as a driver and team owner, Dempsey has worked tirelessly as an ambassador for sports car racing.

“Whether it’s a press junket or whatever, I always try to include building the race series up and promote it,” he said. “I think it’s a phenomenal sport. It needs a voice. I try to use mine as much as possible to help everyone in this sport; not just my team, but all the other teams along the way to help promote awareness.”

Dempsey’s 2013 campaign will certainly be one to watch, in this latest development for the Los Angeles and Atlanta-based operation.

Tony DiZinno is a motorsports journalist who has worked with RACER, Michelin Alley, Motorsport.com and other publications. He is a recent graduate of Marquette University and a regular contributor to ALMS.com. His blog will appear every other Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter - @tonydizinno.

Feedback can be sent to feedback@autoracing1.com

Go to our forums to discuss this article