Management

Patrick Dempsey

Team Principal

A lead driver and owner of Dempsey Racing, Patrick Dempsey is in his third full season of GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series GT class competition in the No. 40 Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8 GT.  He co-drives with teammate and Dempsey Racing business partner Joe Foster, and the two have been racing together for six years after first meeting when Foster was Dempsey’s racing school series instructor.  Dempsey is one of today’s top television and film actors and stars in ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy in addition to popular films such as Can’t Buy Me Love, Enchanted and Made of Honor.

Joe Foster

Team Principal

Joe Foster has been racing professionally for over 25 years and has been competing at the top levels of American sports car racing since 1998.  He scored two wins, three poles, and the overall GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Championship in 2008 in a Ford Mustang FR500-C with co-driver Scott Maxwell.  Joe was the Chief Driving Instructor of the Panoz Racing School for 10 years and currently instructs at the Miller Performance Training Center at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.  Patrick Dempsey was one of Foster’s students and the two have been racing together for the last six years and, more recently, racing business partners and co-drivers at Dempsey Racing.  With undergraduate and graduate degrees in Engineering from Georgia Tech, Joe brings a wealth of technical knowledge as well as winning experience to Dempsey Racing.

 

Greg Cates

Team Manager

As a championship winning crew chief in the American Le Mans Series and a race winning crew chief at the Indianapolis 500, Greg brings to Dempsey Racing proven experience at the highest levels of American motorsport.  Starting his career as a fabricator for the dominant NPTI Nissan GTP cars of the early 90s, Greg also worked a 24 Hours of Le Mans class win into his march up the racing ladder.  As Dempsey Racing continues to grow, team principal Patrick Dempsey sought out someone of Greg’s experience and proven track record to help guide the team towards the top echelons of world-wide sports car racing.  Greg is married to Shelly and has an energetic two year old son in Mr. Cash Cates.

 

Claudette Foster

Business Manager

An avid race fan since her birth in Indianapolis, Claudette has been a professional in sports car road racing since a tenure as the Director of Marketing at Road Atlanta.  She was a driving force behind the first successful Petit Le Mans events at the Georgia venue and moved on to the client side as a partner in a sponsorship management company running the Informix Rolex Series program.  Claudette is an avid triathlete and would probably prefer to be training right now but unfortunately is the only one that Patrick trusts with the checkbook.