More than just one of the stars of TV’s Grey’s Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey is also an accomplished race car driver, who knows all too well the dangers of motorsports. With this weekend’s tragic accident at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, claiming the life of Dan Wheldon, Dempsey is joining a growing number in the tight knit racing community who are raising funds to support the two-time Indy 500 winner’s family.
IndyCar driver Graham Rahal is spearheading an auction to help raise funds for Wheldon’s two sons, two-year old Sebastian and infant Oliver. Initially a helmet auction, it has since expanded with the latest driver to lend a hand being Dempsey, who has donated the racing suit he wore this summer when he drove Mazda‘s 1991 Le Mans winning 787B race car around the famed Circuit de La Sarthe. He even signed the thing.
Dempsey has long been involved with Mazda and currently owns Dempsey Racing, which competes in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series with two RX-8 race car.
Official details of the auction are expected to be announced in the coming days. Those who want to help can also donate to the Dan Wheldon Family Trust fund at the Fifth Third Private Bank, , 251 N. Illinois St., Suite 1000, Indianapolis, IN 46204.