Iconic speed racers
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Actors with the need for speed

Paul Newman

Newman’s storied career in auto racing began while training for the film “Winning” in 1969 (pictured here). He drove a Porsche 935 in the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1979, and drove Nissans for the Bob Sharp Racing team among others. His role as a team owner continues to present day. (AP)
James Dean

Dean at a gas station with his Porsche 550 Spyder just hours before his fatal crash in 1955. (Bettmann / CORBIS)
Patrick Dempsey

Behind those dreamy eyes, actor Dempsey is “McDreaming” of a race track. Dempsey was recently seen driving his brand new SoBe Beverage-sponsored Hyper Sport Mazda RX-8 in the Grand-American GT class at the Sunchaser 1000K at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. (Associated Press)
Jason Priestley

Actor Priestley talks to his crew after his stint in a Ford Mustang at the Rolex 24 Hour endurance race at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (Associated Press)