Patrick Long Nurburgring race notes

NURBURG, Germany American Patrick Long made his second start in the Michelin Porsche Supercup even more impressive than his first (a third at Monaco), as he grabbed a historic pole position then finished a close second place at the famed ...

NURBURG, Germany American Patrick Long made his second start in the Michelin Porsche Supercup even more impressive than his first (a third at Monaco), as he grabbed a historic pole position then finished a close second place at the famed Nurburgring circuit. Long's quick lap was the first-ever pole position for an American driver in the Porsche Supercup series.

Racing in front of the huge crowd on hand for the European GP Formula One event, Long was narrowly beaten to the first corner by his UPS-Porsche Junior teammate Mike Rockenfeller, who started second. From that point, Long drove all 14 laps as if attached to Rockenfeller's rear bumper, finishing .4-second behind.

"That was a great achievement for our team," Long said. "Here it was not about points but for a good Porsche and UPS show. Moreover, I'm more than happy with the prize money."

Still, it was an emotional, bittersweet day for Long, who immediately following the race returned to Southern California to attend the funeral of his paternal grandfather, who passed away on Thursday.

Long also races for the Porsche factory as a member of the UPS-Porsche Junior team in the German Carrera Cup. He is currently fifth in the Carrera Cup championship, most recently winning from pole position at the Norisring circuit.

Race Result: 1. Mike Rockenfeller (Germany), UPS Porsche-Junior Team, 14 laps in 31:32.502min; 2. Patrick Long (USA), UPS Porsche-Junior Team, 0.433sec behind; 3. Frank Stippler (Germany), Infineon Team Farnbacher PZM, 4.448; 4. Wolf Henzler (Germany), Aqua Nova Racing Team Kadach, 4.652; 5. Pierre Kaffer (Germany), Infineon Team Farnbacher PZM, 5.051

-gary medley-

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Drivers Patrick Long , Mike Rockenfeller , Pierre Kaffer , Wolf Henzler , Frank Stippler