Patrick Dempsey may be known to millions as McDreamy, a nickname he earned during his 10 seasons playing a hunky neurosurgeon on 'Grey's Anatomy,' but the actor's off-camera exploits deserve a different moniker. McSpeedy makes sense.
Following in the footsteps of more than one leading man before him (think Steve McQueen and Paul Newman), the Maine native is as comfortable behind the wheel as he is in front of a camera. Unlike the vast majority of gearhead actors, Dempsey has actually met with some success on the racetrack, qualifying for the Baja 1000 and the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The guy knows what he's doing.
Dempsey's most recent four-wheeled adventure took him to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the mother of all endurance races, where he shared Porsche 911 GT3 RSR driving duties with pros Joe Foster and Patrick Long – the team finished a very respectable fourth in class. Dempsey's 15-month journey to the storied French event was documented in a four part series, which premieres Wednesday, August 28 at 10 p.m. ET on Discovery's Velocity network.
When we caught up with McSpeedy and asked him to describe his ideal rides, the perfect pairings of vehicles and roads, he waxed poetic. Here are a few of the gas and electric-powered ways Dempsey daydreams about spending his time out of the hospital.
A Lamborghini Murcielago to Lake Como
Though he's a Porsche loyalist, Dempsey understands the lure of piloting the right vehicle in the right country. Take, for instance, the time he was tossed the keys to a Versace Edition Lamborghini Murcielago while doing a Versace shoot in Italy.
"I got to drive it from Como all the way down to Milan, and had a blast because I had a police escort and hauled ass the whole way."
Not that he needed special permission to enjoy the fashion-tinged screamer. "It was great to open it up," Dempsey says. "You have these great brands that are quintessential to their country. You go with Porsche in Germany and Lamborghini in Italy."