On Facebook and Twitter, reactions to the news were a steady mix of "Yum!" and "Wow!" A couple of "Whooo-hoooo!"s were added for good measure.
Even Baltimore's mayor made sure she asked the first question at a Friday afternoon news conference for the Grand Prix of Baltimore.
This was the reception in Baltimore for Patrick Dempsey, a competitive driver of the No. 27 Porsche in Saturday's American Le Mans Series race who also happens to be a Golden Globe-nominated actor on the ABC series "Grey's Anatomy."
His arrival in Baltimore on Friday morning generated a level of buzz rare for the race through downtown Baltimore, now in its...