Patrick Dempsey may be best known for his screen roles, but he also needs no introduction to motorsport fans. Accomplished as a driver and team owner, Dempsey has competed at many of the world’s great circuits demonstrating exceptional skill and sportsmanship. As many of the great drivers who have piloted a Maserati in anger, Dempsey is passionate about the sport, history and tradition of road racing.
As one of the elite Team Hot Wheels drivers, Greg Tracy, captured a Guinness Book of World Record when he performed the Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare at the 2012 X Games. The iconic 7 story tall orange track allowed the kid in all of us to experience what 7G's and a seven story loop would be like, real time in real life. Tracy is also one of the top stuntmen in Hollywood. Greg has been providing stunts for movies and commercials since 1991, with stunts in blockbuster movies such as: Act of Valor, The Avengers, GI Joe, Bourne Ultimatum, Wanted, Talladega Nights and The Fast and Furious. Greg Tracy, won the elite World Stunt Award for his work in The Bourne Ultimatum.
Even as his stunt career was taking off, that wasn't enough excitement. Greg decided that he needed to race in one of the most extreme racing events in the world – The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The course has 156 harrowing turns, over 4000 foot elevation change and drop-offs that fall up to six thousand feet down sheer rock cliffs. Pikes Peak is known for “no guardrails” and takes racers up one of the most difficult terrains to race 12.4 miles to the summit of one of the most dangerous race courses in the world. Greg Tracy has conquered Pikes Peak and is a six time Champion – having wins in the motorcycle division for both BMW and Ducati. Greg has also won the Baja 1000, raced Formula 2000, Indy Cars and has gone over 210 mph on a motorcycle at the Bonneville Salt Flats during several World Record Attempts. Greg Tracy's exploits can be followed on My Life at Speed (http://www.mylifeatspeed.com). My Life at Speed is about all things fast, interesting people, and whatever else someone out there will appreciate. It celebrates the lifestyle associated with going fast – one filled with high energy characters, risk takers, and lots of great stories.
Maserati will also use the weekend to celebrate the first deliveries of the new 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport which arrives in Australia and New Zealand next month.
The Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo and Series are an all-inclusive format suits gentleman drivers and those who want to race high-performance cars from a marque that has long been associated with motor racing. The GranTurismo MC Trofeo has new set up for 2012, featuring an aerodynamic body-kit and reduced weight. All the cars that appear in the Trofeo series are strictly derived from production road Maserati’s and are made track-ready by a dedicated team of technicians to ensure that the drivers race on a level playing field. The grid is full with 24 cars and includes a significant number of US drivers is spearheaded by Dempsey and Tracy, along with competitors from over a dozen other countries, demonstrating the extraordinary growth of the Trident brand and its global presence. The final round will be at the F1 circuit in Shanghai, China, confirming the international nature of the series.
The list of partners and official suppliers to the 2012 Maserati Trofeo MC World Series includes the confirmation of Pirelli and Sparco and the entry of new companies like Shell, Bowers & Wilkins, Pirelli, Sparco, Maserati Time, Kuehne + Nagel, Audes, and Performance 1.