EFFORT Racing Pro Driver
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.
Thousand Oaks, California
Manhattan Beach, California
Porsche, since 2003
- 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)
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)
- 12x 24 Hours of Le Mans (2004 - 2015)
- 12x 12 Hours of Sebring (2004 - 2015)
- 13x Petit Le Mans (2003 - 2015)
- 12x Rolex 24 at Daytona (2004 - 2015)
- 4x 24 Hours of Spa
Career IMSA (ALMS, TUSC) Starts
- 100 (through 2015)
Patrick's primary program was a full season GTE-AM entry in the FIA World Endurance Championship, where he teamed with Patrick Dempsey and Marco Seefried. The team claimed an emotional P2 at Le Mans, a pole position at COTA and broke through with a win at Fuji for the team's maiden first and Patrick Dempsey's first career professional race win. Long also drove for Falken Tire in IMSA endurance races in the popular team's final season, claiming a 3rd place at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Patrick spent his racing season driving for the CORE autosport-run Porsche factory team in the inaugural Tudor United Sportscar Championship, and took an historic win at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March, the second Sebring victory of his career. With a strong team effort, Porsche claimed the highly sought-after manufacturer's championship.
Patrick spent his racing season largely stateside, leading both the Park Place Motorsports team in Grand-Am GT, as well as the CORE autosport team in ALMS GTE-PRO. He accumulated six podium finishes across both series, drove with the high-profile Dempsey-Del Piero effort in GTE-AM at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and was a class winner and finished 20th overall out of 254 entries in his debut in the SCORE Baja 1000.
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.
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 N'rburgring 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.
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 J'rg 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 N'rburgring 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.
Patrick spent the 2009 season reunited with former teammate and 2005 co-driver's champion J'rg 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.Â 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.Â 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.
Patrick spent the 2008 season driving for the legendary Roger Penske in the #6 Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyder in the LMP2 class of the ALMS. Teamed with Belgian Sascha Maassen, with whom Patrick won the 2004 24 Heures du Mans GT2 class, Long racked up 4 podium finishes and helped Penske Racing and Porsche sweep all the available ALMS LMP2 Championships ' Manufacturer, Team and Driver (Bernhard / Dumas). One of the highlights of the year for Patrick was sweeping from fourth on the grid to the overall lead at the start of the 2008 Long Beach Grand Prix, in front of his home crowd in Southern California ' Patrick led the race overall until about half-distance. With podium finishes at St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Lime Rock and Mosport, Long finished 3rd in the 2008 LMP2 Driver's Championship. Outside the ALMS, Patrick and his teammates led overall at the 24 Hours of Daytona in the Ruby Tuesday Porsche Daytona Prototype, and notably, Patrick set the LMP2 Pole and recorded a lap record at the 2008 24 Heures du Mans.
Long spent the 2007 season primarily focused on returning the #23 Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team to the podium each race in the Grand American Rolex Series. And while he did accomplish that with a win at Laguna Seca, in addition to 11 top-ten finishes, Long again found success in the American Le Mans Series. Patrick finished with three podiums in three races, including two class wins in limited duty. Long teamed with France's Romain Dumas and Germany's Timo Bernhard, and helped the pair win their fifth straight class victory in the Petit Le Mans classic at Road Atlanta in their #7 Penske Porsche RS Spyder. Teaming up with co-drivers Raymond Narac and Richard Lietz, Long piloted the #76 IMSA Performance-Matmut Porsche GT2 to the LMGT2-class victory in the 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans. Long reunited with his Le Mans-winning teammates from IMSA Performance Matmut to capture 2nd place in the G2 class of the 24 Hours of Spa. At the end 2007, it was announced that Long, Porsche's lone American factory racing driver, will drive the #6 Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyder in the American Le Mans Series in 2008.
Patrick Long returned to the No. 31 Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in nine of the ten American Le Mans Series (ALMS) races. By virtue of missing the 1st race in GT2 to compete in LMP2, Long finished 3rd in the season ending standings to teammate and eventual Champion J'rg Bergmeister. Long competed in the 12 Hours of Sebring as the lone American on the Porsche factory Spyder effort for Penske Racing. In GT2, Long achieved three wins, three seconds, one pole and two fastest race laps. Long also raced in the Rolex Grand American Series in an Alex Job Racing/Daytona Prototype/Porsche Crawford. Long competed in 12 of 14 races posting two race wins, one qualifying race win, three pole positions and stood on the podium a total of seven times. Long's average qualifying result was second for the season. Long also finished fourth in the Grand-Am Cup standings taking one win and one second place. Long competed in thirty six (36) feature events and served as the Test and Development driver for the Alex Job Racing/Daytona Prototype/Porsche Crawford. Long achieved more wins than any Porsche Factory Driver in 2006.
Patrick Long joined Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing having competed with the team at the 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans. 2005 marked his second full season of American Le Mans Series (ALMS) competition. By winning 50% of the races and earning podium finishes at 90%, Long and teammate Jörg Bergmeister (Langenfeld, Germany) won the 2005 ALMS GT2 class Driver Championship by 34 points and helped the team win its first ALMS Team Championship. The 24 year-old driver earned his first ever victories at the 12 Hours of Sebring, Petit Le Mans and Monterey Sports Car Championship endurance races and added titles at Road America and Mosport for five career wins all earned in '05. He won his first ALMS pole position at Lime Rock Park and assisted the team in its pole winning time at Sebring. Long finished second at the 24 Hours of Le Mans driving with Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard (Germany). Long also competed in the Grand American Rolex Series in six GT races for Porsche and one Daytona Prototype class race.
Long joined Petersen/ White Lightning for the first time and helped the team establish a new track record in pre-qualifying then the GT (now GT2) pole position. Driving with Bergmeister and Sascha Maassen (Raeren, Belgium) the native Californian won his first 24 Hours of Le Mans in his rookie appearance at La Sarthe. Beyond Le Mans, Long had a strong American sportscar racing debut. He earned six podium finishes in the ALMS with a season-high of fourth (twice- Mid-Ohio and Road America). He finished all nine events in the top-10 and took eighth in his 12 Hours of Sebring debut. He closed the season tied for sixth in the GT driver points. Long participated in three LEMS events for Porsche, taking third at the 1000km Silverstone event. He also won the (GT2 class) of the FIA Barhain GT Championship Festival.
Long made his debut as a UPS Porsche Junior factory driver in Germany' Porsche Carrera Cup. He won one race and took two other podium finishes as a rookie in the series, won twice in British Carrera Cup and ran a select number of Michelin Porsche Supercup races. In Supercup, Long finished second at N'rburgring after taking the pole and drove to third at Monaco. At the end of the season, he made his ALMS debut finishing fourth in GT at the Petit Le Mans.
Long moved up to the British Formula Renault series finishing eighth in the championship, including a pole and win at Snetterton. He was chosen as one of the final six drivers in the Red Bull F1 Driver Search program where he was first recognized by Porsche. Test Driver for BMW PTG in M3 GTR and was contracted to race before the manfacture withdrew involvement in ACO sanctioned racing.
He 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.
Long moved to England to compete in the British Formula Ford Zetec series where he raced to eight top-10 finishes. He moved to the factory Van Diemen team following the season to compete in the British Formula Ford Zetec Winter Series. Once there, he won one race and two pole positions. Maintaining his break-neck effort, Long 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.
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 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.