Late last year it was announced that Patrick Long, Porsche’s only American factory driver, would be spending his entire season racing in the WEC GTE-Am class alongside Patrick Dempsey in his Dempsey Proton Racing Porsche. While I was excited at the prospect of seeing Patrick and Patrick together, I think they make a great team, I was severely disappointed that we wouldn’t be seeing Mr. Long at any of the Tudor United Sportscar Championship races. My anxiety was abated upon receipt of a note from Patrick that included additional racing plans for 2015.
Patrick Long To Compete In TUSCC Endurance Races
In addition to his duties in the WEC, Patrick is set to race the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans with Team Falken Tire, alongside Bryan Sellers and fellow Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler.
Patrick said, “2015 will easily be the busiest season of my career, and a it’s a really nice fit to the start of my twelfth season as a factory driver for Porsche. A new calendar and a diverse set of teams is the type of change that keeps all of us on our toes and itching to start the season. For me, chasing a World Championship is a first and the possibility of a Bathurst 12 Hour victory trophy would be unreal. Derrick Walker of Walker Racing has been a hero of mine since growing up watching the Indy 500, so to work alongside that organization in conjunction with a successful and progressive tire company like Falken is really cool. Bottom line: I’m humbled to be chosen to fly the flag for such a diverse group of teams, sponsors and partners, and I can’t wait to get stuck into the racing season.”
Patrick Long’s Full Schedule For 2015
- Rolex 24 At Daytona (TUSC) – January 22-25
- Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour – February 6-8
- 12 Hours of Sebring (TUSC) – March 18-21
- 6 Hours of Silverstone (WEC) – April 4-6
- 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (WEC) May 2-4
- 24 Hours of Le Mans (WEC) – June 13-14
- 6 Hours of Nürburgring (WEC) – August 29-30
- 6 Hours of COTA (WEC) – September 17-19
- Petit Le Mans (WEC) – October 3
- 6 Hours of Fuji (WEC) – October 10-11
- 6 Hours of Shanghai (WEC) – November 1
- 6 Hours of Bahrain (WEC) – November 21
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