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Long to Join Morad in Alegra Porsche for Lime Rock

Patrick Long to join Daniel Morad in Alegra Porsche for Lime Rock…

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Patrick Long will join Daniel Morad in the No. 28 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R for this weekend’s Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park, in late addition to the grid for the first GT-only round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

Porsche confirmed Monday that the longtime factory driver will make his debut with the Florida-based team, which was initially not on the entry list for the race.

Long will make his second WeatherTech Championship start of the season, after teaming with CORE autosport at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.

The 35-year-old Californian has four GT class wins at Lime Rock, as well as two pole positions at the Connecticut circuit.

It will mark the fourth different co-driver for Morad in the last four races, with Porsche Young Professional Mathieu Jaminet having been in the car at Detroit, followed by factory driver Michael Christensen at Watkins Glen and Michael de Quesada earlier this month at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Morad currently sits seventh in the GT Daytona class championship, having won the Rolex 24 alongside Christensen, de Quesada, Jesse Lazare and team owner Carlos de Quesada.

The added entry brings the GTD car count up to 17 entries for Saturday’s two-hour and 40-minute race, which also features the GT Le Mans class.

Other additions to the grid for Lime Rock include the return of TRG with its Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 for James Davison and Brandon Davis, as well as the No. 23 Alex Job Racing Audi R8 LMS with Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell.

Track action gets underway on Friday.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Jack

    July 17, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    How the F**k is Morad a silver?!?!?!?

    • TravisMcBee

      July 18, 2017 at 12:15 am

      His time being out of racing, and they’re probably giving him a year like they did with Menezes.

  2. Jenner

    July 18, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Still don’t understand how Patrick Long didn’t get a seat with the Porsche LMP1 program. He’s paid his dues with Porsche, races anything and wherever Porsche asks of him. Blindedly quick and always protects the car and brings it home. I think he’s just as quick as Tandy or Hartley. Webber or Hulkenburg.

    How many times do you see him wreck a car?

    If you ever get the chance to attend the Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca in August, watch PL. I’ve seen him race a 70’s era Porsche on the edge where he’s battling guys in 80’s era cars. Talk about driving it like you stole it. And it just isn’t old farys behind the wheels of these cars. Guys like Leh Keen, Franchitti, and Jeanette are wheeling cars all weekend too.

    Good luck in Lime Rock Pat, see ya on the top step on Sun.

    • David Chaste

      July 18, 2017 at 1:13 am

      He didn’t even test. So i presume he wasn’t interested. If he was i’m inclined to think they would have given him a try out, given how long he has been at Porsche, and since he was also one of the RS Spyder drivers.

    • Steven Keating-Oles

      July 18, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Pat Long is the best driver out there. I met him when he was 16 and heading over to Germany. Even then, he was a champion. All the best Pat for a fifth win at Lime Rock.

  3. David Chaste

    July 18, 2017 at 1:28 am

    He was apparently part of the Red Bull driver search program in the U.S. Red Bull wanted an American driver and a european driver to drive for Torro Rosso when they first bought the team. Scott Speed was selected instead. But it allowed Porsche to notice him and they offered him a contract. The rest is history. I always wondered how he would have fared in GP2 and F1 had he been selected by Red Bull. Maybe went on to the main team and won a title??

    Scott Speed was too cocky and feisty as Red Bull later found out in F1 and then in Nascar.

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