Hollywood actors Patrick Dempsey and Eric Bana are reportedly in line for possible ‘international class’ co-driver opportunities for the V8 Supercars’ ArmorAll Gold Cast 600 round at Surfers Paradise in October.
One may well scoff at the idea of two of the TV and film industry’s leading men getting behind the wheel of a V8 racer capable of reaching speed over 300km/h, but both are also accomplished part-time racing drivers in their own right.
Dempsey – better known among our many female readers as ‘Dr McDreamy’ in TV drama Grey’s Anatomy – owns his eponymous American Le Mans Series team, Dempsey Racing, and has competed as a driver in the Daytona 24 Hours, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Baja 1000 off-road race.
Organiser’s of this year’s Gold Coast 600 – which will be the third to pair international-class racing drivers with the championship’s regular peddlers – are already in negotiations with Dempsey, who could race on the proviso that he meets the championship’s qualification requirements.
"There’s no doubt having someone like Patrick Dempsey drive one of our cars would attract a lot of attention," the unnamed spokesman told The Daily Telegraph newspaper yesterday. "But we would do it for the right reasons in that he is emerging as a legitimate racer who wants to do it."
“Anything’s possible,” Dempsey echoed to the Auo Action magazine. “[It’s] just a question of working it out. It’s one more thing that that would work with the (Le Mans) documentary we’re currently working on.
"The more race experience you get, the better."
The actor rumoured to be in line for a berth on the V8 Supercars roster is Australian-born actor Eric Bana, star of Hollywood blockbusters Black Hawk Down and The Incredible Hulk.
Bana is a well-known rev-head, having competed in a host of Targa rallies, the Bathurst 12 Hour and the Australian Porsche Challenge championship. In 2009, he released a self-produced documentary, Love The Beast, which focused on his love affair with all things motoring.
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