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DEMPSEY Patrick (USA) PORSCHE 911 RSR team Dempsey Proton racing portait ambiance during the 2015 FIA WEC World Endurance Championship, 6 Hours of Fuji from October 8th to 11th 2015, at Oyama, Japan. Photo Florent Gooden / DPPI

Patrick Dempsey Is Taking A Break From Racing

2015 was Patrick Dempsey’s most successful season in motorsport. However, Patrick Dempsey has decided to take a break from racing. Dempsey and his Dempsey-Proton racing found success in 2015. Winning in class at Fuji and finishing 2nd in GTE-AM at Le Mans.

Despite this success Dempsey has decided to step back from racing in order to focus on his family and acting. Motor racing has a huge demand on a driver’s time, let alone if you own the team. It often leads to marital issues, and McDreamy was not immune to this. Dempsey and his wife of 16 years separated last year. When a major life event hits like that you can go 2 routes. You can throw yourself into your work and try and move past it. Or you can fight to save your marriage. Dempsey chose the latter. He and his wife Jillian Fink have since reconciled and the end result is Dempsey will not be racing. While I will be sad to see him go, not many men get a second chance. I applaud him for not wasting this opportunity and choosing family over racing.

Dempsey released the following statement:

My motorsports journey has been a rewarding one and allowed me to meet so many interesting people.

While the focus so often is the performance of the car, in reality it is all the various personalities, from team mates to competitors to officials to fans that I remember the most. I have loved being part of part of different teams and sharing the experience with so many great friends. I want to thank everyone who made this possible and helped me along the way. I also wanted to especially thank the fans for their support and friendship. None of this would happen without you buying the tickets and attending the races, so I am grateful for that investment in my passion. It makes me especially happy to see how many people have become race fans during my racing career.

At this point in my life, after an amazing season thanks 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.

Dempsey-Proton Racing will continue on racing a Porsche 911 RSR in the World Endurance Championship season. I hope my schedule permits me to enjoy some race weekends at least as a team owner.

I need to especially thank Porsche for their unbelievable support for me and my family as I made the tough decision to take a step back. I will never forget it. Life has taught me that it is impossible to predict the future.

I am excited to see what kind of journey I can make and enjoy

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About Chad Kennedy

Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.

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