- July 28, 1981
- United States
- Imsa Sportscar Championship
- Wright Motorsports
Patrick Long is an American racing driver who serves as Porsche factory driver for many years, since 2003, currently in the IMSA SportsCar Championship with Wright Motorsports.
His greatest achievements in a career are three championship titles in the GT2 class of the American Le Mans Series (2005, 2009, 2010) and two class victories at 24 Hours of Le Mans (2004, 2007). He also recorded class victories in other endurance classics: Daytona 24h, Sebring 12h or Petit Le Mans. In recent time, he captured two championship titles in the Pirelli World Challenge in 2011 and 2017.
Successful early years in open-wheel racing
Born in July 1981 in Thousand Oaks in California, Patrick Long started his career in karting competitions, switching to formula racing in 1999. He finished third in the French Formula Renault Campus, then spent two seasons in the British Formula Ford, finishing as a vice-champion in 2001.
His last season in single-seaters was 2002, which he spent in the Formula Renault UK. He scored one victory to finish 8th in the points. After that, he was included in the inaugural Red Bull F1 Driver Search programme but he became the Porsche Junior driver instead.
Porsche Junior driver since 2003
In his first season with Porsche, Patrick Long raced in the Porsche Supercup (two podiums) and Porsche Carrera Cup Germany (one victory), but also made guest appearances in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB (two wins) and American Le Mans Series (4th in GT class at Petit Le Mans).
In 2004, Long's main competition was the American Le Mans Series at the wheel of the #66 Porsche 996 GT3-RSR. He also recorded starts in the Grand American Rolex Series, Le Mans Endurance Series and Porsche Supercup with different teams, but also made a debut at 24 Hours of Le Mans.
GT class victory in Le Mans 24h debut
In his debut at 24 Hours of Le Mans, Long was driving the #90 Porsche 911 GT3-RS for White Lightning Racing, sharing a car with Germans Jörg Bergmeister and Sascha Maassen. They finished 10th overall and the first in GT class.
Long returned to Le Mans with the same team in 2005, sharing the #90 Porsche with Jörg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard. This time, they were 11th overall and second in GT class.
American Le Mans Series GT2 champion in 2005
In 2005, Long's spent a season in the American Le Mans Series with Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing, driving the #31 Porsche 996 GT3-RSR.
Overall podium at Daytona 24h in 2006
In 2006, Long had a very busy schedule, spending a season in three championships – American Le Mans Series with White Lightning Racing's Porsche in GT2 class, Grand-Am Rolex Series with Alex Job Racing Crawford-Porsche prototype and Grand-Am Cup with Synergy Racing's Porsche.
He finished third in ALMS GT2 class with three wins but the most valuable result was the overall podium at Daytona 24 Hours in the #23 Crawford DP03-Porsche which he was sharing with Mike Rockenfeller and Lucas Luhr. Later in the season, he and Rockenfeller added two wins in short races at Homestead and Virginia.
At 2006 Le Mans 24 Hours, Long was driving the #80 Porsche 996 GT3-RSR for Flying Lizard Motorsports, sharing a car with Seth Neiman and Johannes van Overbeek. They were 18th overall and 4th in GT2 class.
One more Le Mans victory in 2007
In 2007, Long's main competition was the Grand American Rolex Series. He spent a season in Alex Job Racing's #23 Crawford-Porsche, scoring one victory (Laguna Seca) to finish seventh in the points of Prototype class.
In the ALMS, he scored three GT2 podiums with Flying Lizard's Porsche. He also raced in an LMP2 car at Petit Le Mans, driving the #7 Porsche RS Spyder for Penske Racing and finishing second overall and first in LMP2 class.
Outside North American competitions, the highlight of the season was Long's second victory at Le Mans 24 Hours. In June 2007, he won GT2 class at Le Mans together with Richard Lietz and Raymond Narac in the #76 Porsche 997 GT3-RSR of the French team IMSA Performance Matmut.
A season in a Porsche RS Spyder
Penske Racing's #6 Porsche RS Spyder was Patrick Long's main car in 2008. He competed in the LMP2 class of the American Le Mans Series, sharing a car with Sascha Maassen and scoring five podiums to finish third in LMP2 standings.
In Europe, Long participated with IMSA Performance Matmut in two 24-hours races, at Le Mans and Spa. He was 12th at Spa and didn't finish the race at Le Mans.
GT class victory at 24 Hours of Daytona in 2009
In 2009, Long started a season with GT class victory at 24 Hours of Daytona, in TRG's #67 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup. He was sharing a car with Justin Marks, Andy Lally, Richard Valentine and Jorg Bergmeister.
It was Long's only race that year in the Rolex Series, he spent a season in the ALMS and stock car competitions. At Le Mans, he recorded one more DNF with IMSA Performance Matmut.
Two consecutive titles in the American Le Mans Series
In the 2009 American Le Mans Series, Long scored six wins in ten races at the wheel of the #45 Porsche 997 GT3 RSR of Flying Lizard Motorsports, taking his second championship title in GT2 class. His victorious partner was Jorg Bergmeister again.
In 2010, Long defended ALMS GT2 title in Flying Lizard's Porsche, winning five races together with Jorg Bergmeister. In that year's Le Mans race, he finished fifth in GT2 class with IMSA Performance Matmut's Porsche. He raced with the same team at Spa 24 Hours, finishing second.
Pirelli World Challenge champion in 2011
In 2011, Long continued to drive for Flying Lizard Motorsports in the American Le Mans Series, finishing fourth in GT class with one victory, but his main success was the championship title in GT class of the Pirelli World Challenge. He was driving the #45 Porsche 911 GT3 for TruSpeed Motorsports, winning four races in eleven starts.
In 2012, Long stayed with Flying Lizard Motorsports, scored one ALMS GT victory to finish fifth in the points and recorded DNF at Le Mans.
Racing in NASCAR between 2009 and 2012
The period between 2009 and 2012 was also marked by Patrick Long's extensive appearance in different stock car competitions, including NASCAR national divisions.
In 2009, he races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series (both West and East), recording eight starts and one victory, in the AASCO Motorsports Ford at Miller Motorsports Park. In the same year, he won one race in the ARCA Serie, with Cunningham Motorsports Dodge at Millville. In 2010, he recorded four starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, repeating a victory at Miller Motorsports Park.
In 2010, he also made a debut in NASCAR Nationwide Series, driving the #90 Toyota at Elkhart Lake's Road America and finishing 14th. Finally, in 2012, he made a debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the #30 Toyota for Inception Motorsports at Watkins Glen. He retired after just two laps.
Two visits to V8 Supercars races at Surfers Paradise
Years 2010 and 2011 were also marked by two visits to Australia, where Long participated in V8 Supercars Championship endurance event at Surfers Paradise street circuit. In 2010, he was sharing Garry Rogers Motorsport's #34 Holden with Michael Caruso finishing 4th in Race 1 and 11th in Race 2.
A year later, in October 2011, Long returned to Gold Coast 600 event to drive the #61 Holden for Walkinshaw Racing, sharing a car with Fabian Coulthard. They were 5th in Race 1 and 15th in Race 2.
Double GT programme in 2013
After experimenting with other racing disciplines, Long focused on GT racing only in 2013, participating both in the American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am Rolex Series. In the ALMS, he was driving the #06 Porsche 997 GT3 RSR for CORE Autosport while in the Rolex Series he raced in the #73 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup of Park Place Motorsports. He was without wins in both competitions.
Outside the US, he raced with IMSA Performance Matmut in Imola's round of the European Le Mans Series and with Dempsey Del Piero-Proton team at 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing 4th in GTE Am class. He was sharing a car with Patrick Dempsey and Joe Foster. The same trio raced at Le Mans together again in 2014, finishing fifth in GTE Am class.
GTLM class victory at 2014 Sebring 12 Hours
In 2014, ALMS and Rolex Series merged into the IMSA United SportsCar Championship and Long was a part of Porsche North America line-up in the GTLM class. He was sharing the #912 Porsche 911 RSR with Michael Christensen. Their endurance co-drivers were Jorg Bergmeister, Patrick Pilet or Earl Bamber.
The highlight of the season was a victory at Sebring 12 Hours for Long, Christensen, Bergmeister. Later in the season, Long added three more podiums to finish sixth in the GTLM standings.
Full season in the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship
In 2015, Long spent his first full season in the FIA World Endurance Championship, driving the #77 Porsche 911 RSR for Dempsey Proton Racing. He was sharing a car with Patrick Dempsey and Marco Seefried. Christian Ried replaced Dempsey in the last round at Bahrain.
The highlights of the season were the second place in GTE Am class at 24 Hours of Le Mans and then a victory at 6 Hours of Fuji. Long finished fifth in the Endurance Trophy for LMGTE Am drivers.
Outside FIA WEC, he raced with Competition Motorsports at Bathurst 12 Hour and with Team Falken Tire in three rounds of the IMSA SportsCar Championship, finishing best third in GTLM class at Sebring.
Return to Pirelli World Challenge in 2016, champion in 2017
In 2016, Long spent one more season in the FIA WEC, driving the #88 Porsche 911 RSR for Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing in seven races. He won at Mexico City and Bahrain, sharing a car with Khaled Al Qubaisi and David Heinemeier Hansson. In the 2016 IMSA Championship, he joined Black Swan Racing in two races in GTD class, finishing second at Daytona and 13th at Sebring.
In 2016, Long also returned to Pirelli World Challenge for the first time since 2012. He started a season with Effort Racing's #31 Porsche but later moved to Wright Motorsports' #58 Porsche. He won three times, finishing second in GT class standings. In 2017, Long spent full PWC season in the #58 Porsche 911 GT3 R of Wright Motorsports, taking the GT class championship title both in the overall points and sprint races.
Of other results in 2017, the most notable was the second place at Bathurst 12 Hour with McElrea Racing.
Sharing a Porsche with Christina Nielsen in 2018
With PWC championship trophy in his hands, Patrick Long returned to full –time commitments in the IMSA SportsCar Championship, joining Wright Motorsports to share the #58 Porsche 911 GT3 R with defending GTD class champion Christina Nielsen.
Outside the US, he finished fourth overall at Bathurst 12 Hours (with McElrea Racing/Competition Motorsports) and fourth in GTE Am class at Le Mans 24 Hours (with Proton Competition).