Johanna Long

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Johanna Long
Johanna Long.jpg
Born (1992-05-26) May 26, 1992 (age 22)
Pensacola, Florida, U.S.
Achievements 2010 Snowball Derby winner
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
41 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
2013 position 23rd
Best finish 20th (2012)
First race 2012 DRIVE4COPD 300 (Daytona)
Last race 2013 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
24 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
Best finish 21st (2011)
First race 2010 AAA Insurance 200 (IRP)
Last race 2011 WinStar World Casino 350K (Texas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of November 16, 2013.

Johanna Long (born May 26, 1992 in Pensacola, Florida) is an American stock car racing driver. Winner of the 2010 Snowball Derby, she currently competes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, most recently driving the #70 Foretravel Motorcoach Chevrolet Camaro on a limited basis for ML Motorsports.

Racing career[edit]

Background[edit]

Long's father raced late models and she wanted to start racing karts when she was five years old; he allowed her to start racing when she was eight.[1] She moved up into legends car later before turning to late models when she was twelve.[1] In 2008, she won the Gulf Coast championship including races at Pensacola and Mobile, Alabama as well as the late model track championship at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola.[1]

NASCAR career[edit]

Long's 2012 Nationwide Series car

Long began her transition into NASCAR in 2009 by racing in a variety of series, including ASA Late Model Series, Pro Late Model, and ARCA.[1] In 38 events, she had 27 top ten finishes, 17 top fives and five wins.[1] Long ended 2009 by winning the pole position in the Snowball Derby,[1] one of the few late model races in the off-season, which features drivers from around the United States.[2]

She was expected to race in three Camping World races in 2010[1] but ended up racing in seven events. She raced in the Billy Ballew Motorsports truck in the middle of the season[1] before the #15 team was shut down,[2] and finished the year by racing in four events for her family-owned team, Panhandle Motorsports.[3] With Ballew she qualified in all three races between 15th and 20th before finishing 17th, 34th and 20th.[3] With Panhandle she had a season-high ninth place qualifying effort at Texas Motor Speedway with her best finish being a 20th place result at the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.[3] Long returned to Pensacola's Five Flags Speedway for the 2010 Snowball Derby, and won the 43rd annual running of the event by holding off Landon Cassill.[4] She became the second female to win the race after Tammy Jo Kirk did it in 1994.[4] She competed in the Camping World Truck Series in 2011, driving the family-owned No. 20 Toyota and running for Rookie-of-the-Year honors.[5] Sponsorship issues forced her to run a partial season; her best finish was eleventh at Texas Motor Speedway.[6] For 2012, she signed to drive the #70 Biomet/Foretravel Motorcoach Chevrolet, owned by ML Motorsports, in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The team entered 21 races, finishing 20th in the standings.[6][7] with former series champion David Green acting as a mentor.[8]

Long finished 21st in her Nationwide Series debut at Daytona International Speedway, becoming the youngest female driver ever to compete in the series.[9] She finished 20th in series points in 2012; in 2013, still running a limited schedule, she fell to 23rd in points, and the team let her contract expire at the end of the season.[10] She spent the 2014 season racing Pro Late Models at Five Flags Speedway while searching for sponsorship.[11]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)

Nationwide Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 not eligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h White, Rea. "Teen driver Johanna Long climbing ranks". FOX Sports. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Pockrass, Bob. "Youngest of six women in trucks in 2010, Johanna Long and Caitlin Shaw hoping for more races in ’11". Scene Daily. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "2010 Camping World Truck Series statistics". Racing Reference. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Secola, Jamie (December 6, 2010). "Johanna Long wins Snowball Derby". Pensacola News Journal. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Johanna Long to run for truck rookie title in 2011". SceneDaily. Nascar Illustrated. January 24, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  6. ^ a b "Johanna Long lands Nationwide Series deal". Pensacola News Journal. Gannett. January 5, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  7. ^ Demmons, Doug (January 5, 2012). "Johanna Long graduates to NASCAR's Nationwide Series". The Birmingham News. al.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  8. ^ Heist, Bob (March 5, 2012). "It's Round II for Johanna Long". Pensacola News-Journal. Pensacola, Florida. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  9. ^ Maine, D'Arcy (March 3, 2012). "Johanna Long's quiet but historic Nationwide debut". ESPN. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  10. ^ Vilona, Bill (December 5, 2013). "Johanna Long faces uncertain future". Pensacola News Journal. Pensacola, FL. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  11. ^ James, Brant (August 28, 2014). "For Popular Driver Johanna Long, It's A Long Road Back To NASCAR". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-08-28. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Inaugural
Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship Series Champion
2009
Succeeded by
Chase Elliott
Achievements
Preceded by
Kyle Busch
Snowball Derby Winner
2010
Succeeded by
Chase Elliott