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Patrick Dempsey, a long time race enthusiast, is competing in 5 of the 12 Rolex Grand-Am Series 2008 races, driving for Hyper Sport. Today was practice, qualifying and race day at Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

The actor will be driving car No. 40, a SoBe Mazda RX-8 for the Brumos Porsche 250. The road course is 3.56 mile around in this competitive 250 mile, 70 lap race.

Dempsey has been racing since 2005, has driven the pace car in the Indianapolis 500 and is currently the co-owner of IndyCar Series team Vision Racing.

The ABC Grey’s Anatomy star plays Dr. Derek Shepherd aka Dr. McDreamy on the medical drama. Dempsey was nominated for an Emmy for Best Performance by an actor in a TV series Drama.

We’ve got photos showing how the day has unfolded for the Hollywood celebrity. Race results available here.

Check them out below.

Photos: WENN