|Jul, 28, 1981||5' 9"||DHL|
|Thousand Oaks, CA||145 lbs.||Porsche RS Spyder|
|Belleair, FL||Vance Welker|
Though only 26-years-old at the beginning of the 2008 season, Patrick Long has a resume any seasoned sports car veteran would be proud of.
The only American Porsche factory driver, Long has already amassed a number of impressive victories and championship, well beyond his years. The California born Long has a pair of class wins in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, a victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring, two wins at Petit Le Mans and an American Le Mans Series class championship all to his credit.
With nine victories in just 34 ALMS starts entering this season, Long is bound to add to his totals in 2008 as a regular member of the Penske Racing team. The talented young driver has competed for the Penske team in the longer endurance events over the past two seasons, but he'll be a full-time driver for the squad this season. Long will drive the No. 6 Porsche RS Spyder with experienced sports car racer and former series champion Sascha Maassen, creating another dynamic combination for the two time Penske LMP2-class team, which has won both the drivers and team titles both years it has competed in ALMS.
2007 - Scored a victory in the GT2 class for the second time at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the French IMSA team driving a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. Posted an exciting win with Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas in the Penske Porsche RS Spyder at Petit Le Mans. At the conclusion of the season, was named to be a full-time driver for Penske Racing in 2008.
2006 - Raced with the Penske Porsche team in ALMS at Sebring. Long then teamed with Mike Rockenfeller to contest the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car series. The pair won two races (VIR and Homestead) and finished on the podium multiple times after leading almost every event in their Ruby Tuesdays Alex Job Racing Porsche Crawford. At Le Mans, Patrick helped the Flying Lizard Porsche team to a fourth-place finish in GT2. The tandem of Long and Jorg Bergmeister won five ALMS GT2 events in the Petersen/ White Lightning Porsche to give Bergmeister the championship (Long did not share the title because he missed the Sebring event to drive with Penske Racing).
2005 - Long joined Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing after having competed with the team at Le Mans in 2004. Won at Sebring with Bergmeister and Lucas Luhr. Also scored victories with Bergmeister at Mosport, Road America, Petit Le Mans and Laguna Seca to claim the GT2 ALMS championship.
2004 - Won at Le Mans as a rookie driving with Bergmeister and Maassen. Recorded six top five finishes in nine ALMS starts.
2003 - Made his American Le Mans Series debut, finishing fourth in the GT class at Petit Le Mans driving for The Racer’s Group. Posted wins in both German and British Porsche Carrera Cup events as a Porsche Junior Factory driver.
2002 - Finished eighth in the British Formula Renault Series.
2001 - Raced in Europe as the lead driver of the Van Diemen team in Formula Ford. He won three races, two poles and took second in the championship.
2000 - Moved to England to compete in the British Formula Ford Zetec series where he scored eight top-10 finishes. Also raced in the British Formula Ford Zetec Winter Series. Long then returned to the United States to win the Barber Dodge Pro Series “Big Scholarship” Shootout. However, he turned down the scholarship to race in Europe the following season.
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