Actor Patrick Dempsey’s dream of standing on the podium came true on Sunday after finishing second in the 24 Hours Le Mans amateur auto race.
The Dempsey-Proton Porsche 911 RSR team finished behind the winners Ferrari. The 49-year-old American actor was one of the 3 members of the former side. Dempsey and his teammates were just one lap away from winners No. 72 SMP Racing Ferrari.
The actor himself, a huge motorsports fan, clinched his first podium finish in his fourth appearance in the Le Mans. After leaving “Grey’s Anatomy,” Dempsey continued his racing career this year. He also competed in Rolex 24 at the Daytona Endurance Race where he achieved a third place GTD class finish back in January.
“I think it’s hard to put into words how much it means to be on the podium in Le Mans. Phenomenal effort and support from Porsche,” an overwhelmed Dempsey said while speaking to French television.
“It’s an amazing accomplishment; you always dream about moments like this. I’ve worked really hard over the last three years to make this happen and I’m here. Vive la France!”
Patrick Long of America and German Marco Seefried were Dempsey’s teammates in the race.