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Patrick Dempsey's Racing Team Gets Solar Sponsor, New Charity Initiative

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While fans of “Grey’s Anatomy” were bummed to hear this week that star Patrick Dempsey (aka McDreamy) will not be returning after next season, they can at least still catch him on the racetrack.

The 45-year-old is an avid racer and the current co-owner of IndyCar Series team Vision Racing and Dempsey Racing. The latter made news this week after it was announced that global solar panel manufacturer Trina Solar Limited was signing on to become a sponsor. Even better, the two have decided to partner on a “solar charity initiative”.

“It’s fantastic,” Dempsey said at a press conference. “I can’t thank them enough for signing on with Dempsey Racing and Trina Solar is going to make a big impact in a lot of different communities of just trying to reach out and understand who is in need and who can benefit from solar energy.”

Dempsey went on to highlight Joplin, Missouri – which was devastated by a F5 tornado last month – as one city the charity initiative hopes to focus on helping. “The important thing is that we really have to make a difference in communities and show that solar power is working and getting to the right people,” he said.

The actor also had some words for the racing scene; where he hopes to inspire other teams to think green in the future.

“Certainly in the racing community I think there’s a lot that can be done to clean up the sport. I think it’s our responsibility to do that. I don’t think we can sit back and wait for the sanctioning body to make that happen. I think we have to lead by example. It’s something that we’ve talked a lot about at Dempsey Racing.”

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