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Peter Samuel Dempsey (born 31 March 1986) is an Irish racing driver from Ashbourne, County Meath.

Peter Dempsey
Born (1986-03-31) 31 March 1986 (age 33)

Dempsey began his pro career in Formula BMW UK in 2004, finishing 22nd. In 2005 he finished second in the Formula Ford Walter Hayes Trophy race and won the BRDC Golden Helmet. In 2006 he finished third in Formula Ford UK and won the Walter Hayes Trophy. In 2007 he won both the Golden Helmet and Walter Hayes Trophy. 2008 saw Dempsey move to the United States to race in Star Mazda for Andersen Racing where he won four races and finished third in points. He also made two starts in the F2000 Championship Series. In 2009 he finished second in Star Mazda for AIM Autosport. He had no full-time drive in 2010 but participated in one American Le Mans Series race (the 2010 Petit Le Mans) and a number of high-profile Formula Ford races in the UK.[1]

Dempsey signed on race in the Firestone Indy Lights series for O2 Racing Technology in 2011.[2][3] The team left the series amid controversy at the Milwaukee Mile race[4] and missed one race weekend before signing on with Andretti Autosport to continue the season.[5]

He signed on to return to Indy Lights to race in the 2012 Freedom 100 and the remainder of the 2012 Indy Lights season with Younessi Racing.[6] However, the team left the series after the Detroit race. He was later in the season picked up by Belardi Auto Racing for the last five races of the season and captured three top-5 finishes in those races. He finished 11th in points, ultimately competing in 7 of the 12 races. He returns to Belardi in 2013 for a full season in Indy Lights.

Peter Dempsey captured his first Indy Lights win in the 2013 Freedom 100 in the closest finish in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history (0.0026 secs) in a four-wide finish.[7]

Racing recordEdit

American open–wheel racing resultsEdit

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Star Mazda ChampionshipEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Rank Points
2008 Andersen Racing SEB
3
UTA
4
WGI
4
POR
24
POR
27
ROA
1
TRR
1
MOS
1
NJ1
3
NJ2
1
ATL
19
LAG
1
3rd 398
2009 AIM Autosport SEB
6
VIR
1
MMP
2
NJ1
6
NJ2
7
2nd 461
Juncos Racing WIS
4
IOW
1
ILL
1
ILL
1
QUE
13
ONT
4
ATL
1
LAG
23

Indy LightsEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
2011 O2 Racing Technology STP
3
ALA
3
LBH
17
INDY
6
MIL
DNS
IOW 10th 264
Andretti Autosport TOR
2
EDM1
12
EDM2
3
TRO
5
NHM BAL
9
KTY LVS
2012 Younessi Racing STP ALA LBH INDY
14
DET
11
MIL IOW 11th 164
Belardi Auto Racing TOR
4
EDM
5
TRO
11
BAL
5
FON
12
2013 Belardi Auto Racing STP
2
ALA
6
LBH
10
INDY
1
MIL
6
IOW
4
POC
7
TOR
2
MDO
2
BAL
4
5th 360
Team Moore Racing HOU
9
FON

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Peter Dempsey - Career Detail, Driver Database, Retrieved 2011-03-22
  2. ^ St. Petersburg Entry List Archived 8 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Firestone Indy Lights, 22 March 2011, Retrieved 2011-03-22
  3. ^ Dempsey delight at podium finish as Irish make mark in US, 'Irish Independent', 30 March 2011, Retrieved 2011-03-30
  4. ^ Team exits Indy Lights over 'integrity', Crash.net, 1 July 2011, Retrieved 2011-07-25
  5. ^ Dempsey Joins Andretti Autosport For Toronto Archived 29 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine, PaddockTalk, 6 July 2011, Retrieved 2011-07-25
  6. ^ Dempsey returns to Firestone Indy Lights with Younessi, 7 May 2012, Retrieved 2012-05-07
  7. ^ Marot, Michael. Indianapolis Motor Speedway With Historic Final Lap, Huffington Post, 24 May 2013, Retrieved 2013-05-24