With the completion of his four-part documentary “Racing Le Mans,” Patrick Dempsey (LEFT) says he could add a fifth and final hour to the series.
“There is a possibility for us to do a fifth hour,” he revealed in a RACER exclusive. “I’d really love to know what the fans would like to see. What would they like to know more of? And then we’ll maybe cater it toward them.”
Dempsey’s raw, unvarnished look at his progress as a driver and team owner, which aired on the Velocity network, has received a steady stream of praise from his fellow competitors. Asked if he was pleased with the final product and the impression it has made, the 47-year-old actor said he will need more time to gain a wider perspective.
“I still don’t think I have enough distance on it yet,” he affirmed. “I do feel that it reached the people that we wanted to reach. It reached people who don’t understand motor racing and got them into it and started having a better understanding of what’s really going on here. People who loved or don’t know the history are now a little more educated.
“And, I think the people in the racing community like that as well, because we really did tell the story of what it’s like to own a team. I’ve had many owners come up to me and say, ‘Hey, that’s exactly what we’re going through!’ And the drivers are like, ‘Yeah, that’s exactly what I have to do!’
“So all the people that we wanted to reach I think we have. And that’s a great sense of accomplishment. So it’s really good. We had a great team in place that made this happen. It was very collaborative. We had people who didn’t have a clue in the beginning of what racing was about but knew how to get a documentary together. And that was really good for us. I think we want to do more things in the future. We’ll see what happens.
“I think we’ll have a bigger audience in time but I think more people will discover it, no pun intended, on Discovery. But I think it’s hard to reach a lot of people who don’t get Velocity, but we’ll make it accessible to them in the future.”
For those who missed some or all of the series, Dempsey and his production team are sorting out how to make “Racing Le Mans” available after its run on television comes to an end.
“That’s what we’re working on: how we’re going to distribute it from here on,” he added. “Whether it will be DVD or another means. That’s what we’re actually talking about right now.”
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