McDreamy Races In Florida

Patrick Dempsey arrives for the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
AP Photo/Amy Sancetta
Patrick Dempsey was at Homestead-Miami Speedway over the weekend, but his visit had nothing to do with a TV role. He was there to race.

The 41-year-old "Grey's Anatomy" star competed in the timed 2.5-hour Grand-Am Koni Challenge GS sports car race on Sunday. Dempsey is a driver and part-owner in the pro-Am sports car series.

Dempsey and co-driver Charles Espenlaub of Tampa finished sixth of 39 cars. It marked Dempsey's best finish in five Koni Challenge races.

Maneuvering a sports car and going as fast as 170 mph give him more of a rush than filming dramatic scenes for his television show, Dempsey said.

"I really enjoy racing much more than I enjoy doing the show," Dempsey said. "I mean I enjoy the show, but it's a different thing because it's like a long distance race."