Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Patrick Long, ALMS star, unknown NASCAR commodity
Patrick Long started his motor sports career with a $75 go-kart his dad bought for him at a garage sale when he was 6. The two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans champion, who was born in Thousand Oaks and grew up in Agoura Hills, has been testing the waters of NASCAR.
He was challenging for the lead in a NASCAR Camping World Series West race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma last month when he crashed with Joey Logano.
Long finished fourth in a West Series race at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on July 4.
And by the way, he has won three straight American Le Mans Series races and leads drivers standings in the GT2 class.
Read the story in the Ventura County Star for more on Long and his unconventional racing schedule.
Photo: Patrick Long, left, and American Le Mans Series teammate Joerg Bergmeister, lead the GT2 drivers standings.