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Actor and racing fan/driver Patrick Dempsey has partnered with the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer for the 2009 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Dempsey will join Joe Foster and Charles Espenlaub in driving the number 40 Mazda RX8 with pink trim in the race on January 24-25.

“Real men can wear pink,” said Dempsey. "All of us at Dempsey Racing are proud to partner with the Avon Foundation in its fight against breast cancer. By wearing pink on our suits and on our cars, we hope to raise awareness for this important cause and for an extraordinary series of events: the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

“I am so proud to support the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, which raises funds that directly save lives. To help inspire fundraising for this important cause, there will be a special contest for top fundraisers – you can visit the web site avonwalk.org for details on how you can win a chance to meet me and my racing team.”

This will be the 47th time the 24-hour endurance race has been held at Daytona. It will be the second time that Dempsey – co-owner of Hyper Sport Racing – has competed.

“While two very different types of endurance events, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and sports car racing have the common tie of the mental and physical stamina required to achieve success,” Dempsey said. “With that juxtaposition in mind, a special contest for top fundraisers of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer will be unveiled during The Rolex 24 at Daytona, January 24-25, 2009.”

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