Patrick Dempsey is bringing his passion for auto racing to television with a new documentary series.
The ''Grey's Anatomy'' star will produce ''Road to Le Mans,'' a four-part series about his competition in the venerable French race, the Velocity channel said Thursday.
Dempsey, who has a professional auto racing team based in Georgia, will be both owner and driver at the 24-hour endurance race.
''Road to Le Mans,'' set to air by mid-2013, will include his team's preparation for the event, including sponsor acquisition, training and time trials, and the race itself.
Dempsey, a documentary buff, said combining the series and the art of racing is a ''perfect fit.''
For the fledgling, 6-month-old Velocity, ''Road to Le Mans'' represents its biggest financial commitment yet to a series or a special, said Bob Scanlon, the channel's general manager and senior vice president.
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