Patrick Dempsey announced today that he will partner with Wright Motorsports for the 2015 Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, the four endurance races in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship.
The team name for the effort, which will see Wright Motorsports provide a full in-house programme, will be Dempsey/Wright Motorsports, this replacing the previous Dempsey Racing effort which closed its doors after the 2014 season. Dempsey will also contest the FIA WEC in a Proton Competition prepared LMGTE AM Porsche 911 RSR
Co-driving the team’s #58 Porsche 911 GT America in 2015 along with Dempsey will be rising star Madison Snow, Jan Heylen and a fourth driver yet to be announced.
Wright Motorsports will be the entrant for the eight additional shorter races on the 2015 Tudor schedule, with Snow and Heylen scheduled to compete in the entire series.
Today’s announcement of the expanded relationship with Dempsey builds upon a program in which Wright Motorsports provided engineering and technical support for Dempsey/Snow Racing in selected events in 2014. The team achieved four podium finishes (Daytona, Road America, VIR and Road Atlanta) and multiple other top-10 finishes with its Porsche GT Americas. The team’s top finish came in the season finale when Snow and Heylen placed second at Road Atlanta.
“Although I’ll be doing a great deal of racing in Europe next year, I’m excited to also be racing in my home country in these four premier events,” Dempsey said. “I’m also excited to further my relationship with Wright Motorsports. I enjoy working with Madison and Jan, as well as with John Wright and everyone at Wright Motorsports.”
“We look forward to producing a very competitive effort in the GTD class within the Tudor series for 2015,” said John Wright, owner of Wright Motorsports. “The team is excited to be back in the series, especially with our driver lineup. Last year the #58 car was campaigned by multiple teams. Wright Motorsports, Snow Racing, Rum Bum Racing and Dempsey Racing. The program was literally being moved from shop to shop, but we always had a competitive effort. I attribute these results to the strong driver lineup we had, the work of Bob Viglione [Wright Motorsports’ technical director], and the dedication of the core personnel involved with this effort.
“We started racing with Patrick Dempsey at Indy last year, building on our relationship trackside, and I was immediately impressed with his enthusiasm, passion and talent,” Wright added. “He has the ability to perform well in this sport. His drive last year at VIR [Virginia International Raceway] proved this to me. We were forced to start in last place, but Patrick drove through the field to third place before our first pit stop. After a driver change, Andrew Davis took us to the podium as the top-finishing Porsche in class. I hope that by working together with Patrick in 2015, we will continue to get the results that he deserves.”