The Grey's Anatomy star says wife Jill encouraged him to fulfill his racing dream

By Monique Jessen
Updated March 08, 2007 09:00 AM

New father of twins Patrick Dempsey lives life in the fast lane – thanks to his wife, Jillian.

“Her influence was profound. Jill just gets me to believe in my dreams – and act upon them,” Dempsey, 41, who races cars on the Hyper Sport racing team, tells the British edition of InStyle in its April issue.

“She was the one to encourage me to go and drive,” he says. “For a Christmas present about nine years ago she gave me a three-day competition class. Now my goal is to race Le Mans.”

Last year his wife treated him to a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE for his 40th birthday. “It’s my midlife-crisis car – only there is no crisis,” he says. He also owns the Porsche convertible from the movie Top Gun.

Far from having a midlife crisis, Dempsey, who became dad to twins Darby Galen and Sullivan Patrick on Feb. 1 (he and Jillian also have a 5-year-old daughter, Talula) is looking forward to getting older – and even the effect of age on his famous “Dr. McDreamy” mane.

“My hair is a complete nightmare,” he tells the magazine. “The gray is coming in and I’m looking forward to that. I’m going to try and age gracefully and not be neurotic about it.”