Why have you decided to stop racing after such a great year on the track?
Last year was completely focused on racing because I needed to follow my dream. I knew that it was my year at Le Mans and that was my focus. I took a year out to race at a high level, with the support of great drivers and a great team at Porsche. It was a tremendous sacrifice to my acting career and to my family, but I needed to do it for myself.
Once I had accomplished my goal, I realised that I needed to reevaluate. I needed to step back yet still remain a part of the sport. I got my fix and I could tell my kids: “You know what? You can do anything.” There was a beautiful video made by Porsche about the journey to our triumph and the obstacles that we overcame to get there. I can show this to my children and explain that there is nothing you can’t do in life.
What is in the future for Dempsey Racing?
Because I was travelling so much last season and spending so much time alone, I was able to reflect on my connection with the sport. I realised I didn’t have the same motivation to go into this season as I did last year but I still wanted to stay connected to Porsche, so the best idea was to become a team owner. I have a Pro-team with two incredible drivers who won the championship last year. I followed the team at Silverstone, I will also be at Le Mans and some other races. I will then look at the best way forward, possibly getting back in the car in maybe in a year’s time, while also supporting my family.