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Patrick Dempsey on how he shares his hobby of racing with his family

08/31/2007 at 12:29 AM ET

Actor Patrick Dempsey, 41, has turned his hobby of racing into a family sport. In this week’s issue of People, Patrick talks about bringing his kids, daughter Talula, 5, and sons Darby and Sullivan, 7 months, to the race track whenever he can. Patrick said,

It’s a family sport. We bring them along when we can. And when were away from them, we miss them.

Meanwhile, Talula has already gone for ride alongs in her dad’s street wheels, a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Patrick explained that the ride alongs are completely safe, and how he hopes his kids will someday share his appreciation for cars, saying,

We shut off the airbags and put in the car seat. I want my kids to participate [in racing], the older they get. But it’s up to them.

Of his hobby, Patrick said,

Outside of my family, it gives me the most satisfaction.

Patrick is married to Jillian Dempsey, 41.

Source: People Magazine, Sept. 10 issue, pg. 70

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