Oct 03 2014

Dempsey Racing Partners with The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card by JP Morgan for Petit Le Mans

ATLANTA (October 3, 2014) – Dempsey Racing will close out the 2014 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in fine style with some lucky guests of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card by JP Morgan program that will join the team at Saturday’s Petit Le Mans.

Team owner and driver Patrick Dempsey, and co-drivers Andrew Davis and Joe Foster, will compete in the 10-hour race in their familiar black-and-white Dempsey racing Porsche that is entered for Petit as the No. 27 Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card Dempsey Racing Porsche 911 GT America.

Dempsey, Foster and then co-driver Andy Lally finished second in the IMSA ALMS GTC class last year at Petit. With Davis taking over for Lally this year and the team running in the GT Daytona (GTD), the No. 27 squad is looking to improve one more position in Saturday’s season-ending race.

“I started racing at Road Atlanta in the Panoz Racing School and I love Road Atlanta” Dempsey said. “We had a great finish here last season with second and it will be great to have some special guests from The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card here with us this year. I really fell in love with road racing when I saw my first Petit Le Mans and maybe some of our new Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card friends will too.”

Taking advantage of an exclusive cardmember-only experience, Dempsey Racing’s special guests will stay at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead in Atlanta, enjoy private luxury transportation to and from the race, watch the event from exclusive VIP seating with on-site hospitality, take pit and paddock tours and have opportunities to meet the Dempsey Racing Team throughout the day.

From Dempsey’s point of view, Road Atlanta is the perfect venue for both drivers and fans, like The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card guests, to compete in or watch a race.

“Turn 1 is really fast,” Dempsey said. “You come down the front straight and your flying, and it’s into sort of a blind right-hander. Then you come up over a hill and you have to brake real hard for sort of a left-handed blind apex turn. You clobber the curb and then get back down and go through the esses. It has a lot of elevation change and it is all very exciting, right up to the final corner coming down the hill, under the bridge, and you want to try to stay flat through that corner. It is a lot of fun.”

The No. 27 Dempsey Racing Porsche will race alongside its sister No. 58 Dempsey Racing Porsche 911 GT America of Madison Snow and Jan Heylen. That duo battled for the lead throughout the most recent IMSA TUDOR Championship race two weeks ago at Circuit of The Americas in Texas and finished fourth.

The No. 58’s solid Texas result was the third-consecutive top-four finish for Dempsey Racing in the GTD class this season. Dempsey and Davis finished a season-best third one race before Texas at Virginia International Raceway that followed another third-place showing by Snow and Heylen one race prior to that at Road America.

In Thursday’s opening day of official track activity at Petit, Heylen turned the fastest GTD lap in the No. 58 in the second practice in the afternoon. In that same session, Davis clocked in third quickest in the No. 27.

The No. 27 squad also performed well in the most recent IMSA TUDOR Championship endurance race with the same driving trio suiting up for Petit. Dempsey, Davis and Foster ran in podium contention throughout the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen in June, and the team’s eventual fourth-place finish was a season-best result at the time.

Petit Le Mans can be seen live in its entirety on IMSA.com and in same-day coverage on FOX Sports 2 beginning at 3 p.m. EDT tomorrow, Saturday, October 4. Race highlights will air on FOX on Sunday, October 5 and viewers can check local listings in their areas for air times. 

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