A racetrack without Patrick Dempsey

After a good season spent in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the actor Patrick Dempsey is stepping back from his driving activities, although the name Dempsey-Proton will still be in the competition in the LMGTE-Pro entry used by Porsche this year.

According to a statement released in his website, he confirmed his intentions behind leaving the racetrack, although he defined his racing career as a “rewarding one and allowed me to meet só many interesting people.”

Dempsey also thanked the teams, crews and even the fans that were along him during his driving time, and he hopes to enjoy some of the FIA WEC weekends as a team owner, then declaring: “At this point in my life, after an amazing seasonthanks to my friends at Porsche and TAG Heuer, I need to take a step back and focus on both my family and my acting career.”

His short FIA WEC spell had 2 podiums with a class win at the 2015 6 Hours of Fuji and a runner-up finish at Le Mans. His outings at La Sarthe had generally good results, with a ninth place in the LMGT2 class in 2009 and a 4th and a 5th place finish in the LMGTE-Am class. He also had podiums in the LMP2 and GTC classes of the American Le Mans Series, in the GTD class of the IMSA Sportscar Championship in his records.

His team replaces the factory Porsche squad ran by Manthey Racing in the 2016 FIA WEC season, counting with a single 911 RSR machine for Richard Lietz, Michael Christensen and Wolf Henzler.