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Actor's love of asphalt on four and two wheels

Published 0833 GMT (1633 HKT) August 24, 2015
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He's best known as Dr Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd in hit television show "Grey's Anatomy," but actor Patrick Dempsey takes motor racing equally seriously. Porsche AG
Here's a still of Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo in "Grey's Anatomy." But Dempsey is no longer "Dr McDreamy" -- he was killed off in a car accident last season. ABC Studios
As well as driving, Dempsey is keen to bring the life of the late Phil Hill -- the Ferrari driver who in 1961 became the first American to win the Formula One world championship -- to the screen.
Dempsey is pictured watching the action from inside the Scuderia Toro Rosso garage during qualifying ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring in July 2014. Dan Istitene/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images/file
At Le Mans recently Dempsey achieved a major ambition by finishing second in the GTE-Am category with fellow American Patrick Long and Germany's Marco Seefried. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images/file
"It made a big impact on me emotionally, and it was an important memory that I'll never forget," said Dempsey of his Le Mans success. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Dempsey celebrates on the podium after finishing second in the GTE Am class during the Le Mans 24 Hour race. Ker Robertson/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images/file
Dempsey looks on before the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit de la Sarthe. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images/file
Dempsey is pictured attending the charity screening of "WINNING: The Racing Life Of Paul Newman" at the El Capitan Theatre in April in Hollywood, California. Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images North America/Getty Images file
Dempsey is pictured participating at the Ennstal Classic 2015 in July 2015 in Schladming, Austria. Monika Fellner/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images/file
Dempsey is pictured with second wife Jill Fink at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre in September 2008 in Los Angeles, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America/Getty Images/file
In January, Fink filed for divorce. Dempsey and Fink are pictured before the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring on July 20, 2014 in Hockenheim, Germany. Adam Pretty/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images/file
Patrick Dempsey and racing driver Danica Patrick present onstage at the 13th Annual ESPY Awards at the Kodak Theatre in 2005 in Hollywood. Kevin Winter/Getty Images
As well as four wheels, Dempsey is a lover of two wheels. Here he is pictured talking with Tom Danielson of the USA riding for Team Garmin-Sharp prior to the start of stage eight of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California in May 2014 in Thousand Oaks, California. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America/Getty Images/file
In a 2008 interview with Bicycling Magazine, Dempsey said he rides more than 100 miles a week. He also set up the Dempsey Challenge -- a bike ride with distances of 10, 25, 50, 70 and 100 miles, as well as 5 and 10 kilometer running races -- to raise funds for The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at the Central Maine Medical Center. John Shearer/Getty Images North America/Getty Images/file
Dempsey is pictured with designer Donatella Versace attending the 2008 Whitney Museum of American Art's gala and studio party at the Whitney Museum of American Art in October 2008 in New York City. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images North America/Getty Images/file