The Dempsey Del Piero-Proton Porsche of Patrick Dempsey, Patrick Long and Joe Foster drives during the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 22, 2013 in Le Mans, France. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Dempsey Del Piero-Proton Porsche of , and drives during the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 22, 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

For the second straight year, Patrick Dempsey, Joe Foster and Patrick Long will be behind the wheel of the No. 77 -Proton Porsche 911 RSR in the .

The all-American trio led the GTE-AM class in the 2013, and came close to finishing on the class podium, crossing the line in fourth place.

“When we first raced at Le Mans in 2009 it took us several years to get back there to compete in last year’s race and I immediately realized how much I missed it,” said Dempsey, who led his first race laps at Le Mans in 2013. “We are honored to be able to come back for a second consecutive year, my third time overall with Joe, and we are grateful to Porsche and all of our dedicated partners for making this possible.”

“To have the chance to bring this group back together completely intact and without any major team or personnel changes is an opportunity that doesn’t happen often,” said Long, who has GT class victories at Le Mans in his debut in 2004 and again in 2007. “We came very close last year to not only a podium but a victory, and Patrick and Joe drove incredibly well. I am ready to get to it, to just put our heads down and go after the class win.”

“While my on-track schedule has decreased, the off-track business demands of keeping our team moving forward is a fulltime job,” said Foster, who joined Dempsey as the anchor drivers in a ninth-place GT2 class finish in their 2009 Le Mans debut. “We are grateful to our partners in the IMSA TUDOR series, many of whom will be joining us at Le Mans, and, of course, we wouldn’t be racing at the level we are both in the United States and overseas without the great support of Porsche. We look forward to giving Porsche an even better race result this year at Le Mans.”

The team will reunite for the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans pre-test on May 31. That event conflicts with the next GT Daytona round of the IMSA TUDOR Championship in Detroit, and Dempsey Racing is presently finalizing its plans that weekend for the No. 27 Dempsey Racing Porsche 911 GT America.

The 82nd running of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans will be carried on the  family of FOX Sports networks from June 14-15.

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