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Patrick Long

Factory Driver: Porsche, since 2003

Three-time ALMS GT2 Driver’s Champion (2005, 2009, 2010), Pirelli World Challenge GT Driver’s Champion (2011)

Major Sports Car Wins — GT2/GT: 23 ALMS wins, two 24 Heures Du Mans wins (’04,’07), one Rolex 24 at Daytona win (2009), one 12 Hours of Sebring win (’05), three Petit Le Mans wins (’05–’07), Monterey Sports Car Championship win (’05), one FIA GT Festival Bahrain win, first victory in competition for Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid at 1000kms of Zhuhai, China (’10), first overall victory for Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, VLN Masters, Nürburgring Nordschliefe (’11)

Major Sports Car Wins — Overall:VLN Masters, Nürburgring Nordschliefe (’11), U.S. Sports Car Invitational / Daytona Prototype (’07), Homestead-Miami Grand Prix / Daytona Prototype (’06), Virginia International / Daytona Prototype (’06)

Endurance Races: 9x 24 Hours of Le Mans (’04–’12), 9x 12 Hours of Sebring (’04–’12),9x Petit Le Mans (’03–’11), 9x Rolex 24 at Daytona (’04–’12), 4x 24 Hours of Spa

Career ALMS Starts: 89 (through 2012)

» 2012 — In 2012, Patrick drove for the Flying Lizard team in the American Le Mans Series, notching one victory at Lime Rock to go with three other podium finishes, as well as made a triumphant return to the Pirelli World Challenge Series with a pole position and dominant win at Miller Motorsport Park, his only World Challenge appearance of the season.

» 2011 — In 2011, Patrick had another trademark busy season. Highlights included: 4 wins, 5 pole positions and his first Driver’s Championship in the Pirelli World Challenge Series, one ALMS win (Laguna Seca), claiming Porsche’s first overall victory in the innovative 911 GT3 R Hybrid in a VLN race at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe, pole position at the ILMC 6 Hours of Imola (Italy) and the honor of being named the AARWBA’s All-America team for the third time.

» 2010 — In 2010, Patrick claimed his second consecutive and third career ALMS GT Driver’s Championship, driving the #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR with longtime teammate Jörg Bergmeister. Long and Bergmeister took victories at Long Beach, Laguna Seca, Lime Rock and Mosport in an intensely competitive GT field. Internationally, Long had a busy year, claiming 2nd overall at the 24 Hours of Spa (Belgium), 5th at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and taking the first victory in competition for Porsche in the innovative 911 GT3 R Hybrid at the ILMC 1000kms of Zhuhai, China. Additionally, Long made his debut on Germany’s famed Nürburgring Nordschliefe in VLN Endurance Masters competition, and claimed 4th and 11th place finishes in the dual races at Surfer’s Paradise in the Australian V8 Supercars Series. At Surfer’s Paradise, Long was classified 2nd among the 18 “international’ drivers, ahead of racing stars including Dario Franchitti, Helio Castroneves, Ryan Briscoe and Jacques Villeneuve, among others.

» 2009 — Patrick spent the 2009 season reunited with former teammate and 2005 co-driver’s champion Jörg Bergmeister, driving the #45 Flying Lizard Porsche GT3 RSR. Starting the season, Patrick won the GT class at the Grand-Am Rolex 24 At Daytona, capturing the last of the four modern endurance classics in his career – joining the 12 Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Petit Le Mans.  Long got off to a fast start in ALMS competition by winning five races consecutively, from St. Pete to Mid-Ohio, before helping sweep the ALMS GT2 Driver’s, Team and Manufacturer’s Championships, all while taking Porsche’s 100th class victory in ALMS competition at the season finale at Laguna Seca.  Additionally, Patrick captured two GT-class wins in the Michelin Green X Challenge, topping off an ultra-successful season and giving he and Bergmeister 15 career victories together.

» His start — 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.

Outside the Cockpit

Long is single and separates his time between homes in Germany and Tarpon Springs, FL. 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.

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