Patrick Long

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Patrick Long
HOMETOWN: Manhattan Beach, CA
AGE: 35

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Pirelli World Challenge GT 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche GT3

Wright Motorsports
Porsche GT3

Personal Information

Long is married, and he and his wife welcomed their first child, a boy, into their family in 2015. Likeable and laidback, Long brings a unique style and youth to Porsche as the only factory American driver. Beyond his duties racing for Porsche, Long enjoys maintaining a physical fitness routine. To do so, he focuses on road bicycles, surfing and motocross. When possible, he continues to kart. He speaks English, French, Italian and German.

Driving Highlights

Career Highlights: Three-time ALMS GT2 Driver's Champion (2005, 2009, 2010). Pirelli World Challenge GT Driver's Champion (2011). Class 12 Winner, 2013 SCORE Baja 1000. Patrón Endurance Cup Driver's Champion (2014)

Previously: Patrick Long is a three-time ALMS GT driver's champion, class winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Rolex 24 At Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans, the only North American employed as a factory racing driver by Porsche and a class winner at the 2013 SCORE Baja 1000. With California roots and a European racing pedigree, he has been one of the top sportscar drivers of his generation, and races around the world in support of Porsche's objectives. For 2016, Patrick will contest both the FIA WEC in GTE-AM with Abu Dhabi Proton Racing, the Pirelli World Challenge in GT with EFFORT Racing and select IMSA endurance races, including the Rolex 24 at Daytona with Black Swan Racing. A prodigy, Long began racing karts at eight after driving his first kart at six. He went on to capture several state and national titles and raced in the Belgium Junior Championship where he finished second. In 1997, he became the lead driver for SSC Racing winning the IKF Formula A title and the WKA Constructors' Cup. He moved to Europe to pursue his career at age 17. Once in Europe, he gained immediate recognition by becoming the first American (in 1998) to win an International European karting event in 20 years. He went on to win 15 WKA Constructor's Cup series races in a row placing second in the international North American Karting Championship. The success still ranks as the highest finishing position for an American in the series. He moved to France in 1999 to make his debut in automobiles. Long placed third overall in the Elf Campus series and won nine of 11 races in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Series in the United States that season. Long has been a Factory Porsche driver since 2003. Major Sports Car Wins – GT2/GT: 24 IMSA (ALMS, TUSC) wins; Two 24 Heures Du Mans wins (2004, 2007); One Rolex 24 at Daytona win (2009); Two 12 Hours of Sebring wins (2005, 2014); Three Petit Le Mans wins (2005, 2007); Monterey Sports Car Championship win (2005); One FIA GT Festival Bahrain win; First victory in competition for Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid at 1000kms of Zhuhai, China (2010); First overall victory for Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, VLN Masters, Nürburgring Nordschliefe (2011). Major Sports Car Wins – Overall: VLN Masters; Nürburgring Nordschliefe (2011); U.S. Sports Car Invitational / Daytona Prototype (2007); Homestead-Miami Grand Prix / Daytona Prototype (2006); Virginia International / Daytona Prototype (2006).