The beaming smiles and shrieks of excitement over the radio said it all. Actors Patrick Dempsey and Michael Fassbender, joined for the occasion by former baseball star CJ Wilson, had the thrill of a lifetime at the wheel of the Porsche 919 Hybrid at MotorLand Aragón (Spain), guided by Mark Webber.
What do former driver Mark Webber, Patrick Dempsey, Michael Fassbender and CJ Wilson have in common? Passion for motorsport. Fassbender and Wilson aspire to follow in the footsteps of Dempsey, who made the second step of the 24 Hours of Le Mans podium in 2015 with a team that bears his own name. Dempsey-Proton Racing continues to play a leading role in the LMGTE Am class of the World Endurance Championship (WEC), although the former Grey’s Anatomy star no longer dons the racesuit.
Wilson has also set up his own team – CJ Wilson Racing. The outfit competed in this year’s 12 Hours of Sebring and 6 Hours of Watkins Glen with an Acura, but the former Major League Baseball pitcher did not drive in the race. Fassbender, meanwhile, attended the 86th 24 Hours of Le Mans in June (see Michael Fassbender can now cross the 24 Hours of Le Mans off his bucket list!) and was treated to a lap of the legendary circuit in a prototype driven by four-time Le Mans winner Yannick Dalmas. It was now his turn in Spain! The Porsche 919 Hybrid that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times began its tribute tour in Spa with a lap record set by Neel Jani. There will undoubtedly be more surprises in store…
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Photo: Patrick Dempsey and Michael Fassbender were on the 24 Hours of Le Mans starting grid in June – the former as joint owner of the Dempsey-Proton Racing team and the latter as honorary guest of ACO President Pierre Fillon.
Photos (Louis Monnier, ACO): from left to right at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, an emotional Dempsey watches his team scoop LMGTE Am victory; Fassbender with ACO President Fillon; Fassbender was passenger in the prototype that did a lap of the iconic circuit before the race.