Erstwhile Barber Dodge Pro Series "Big Scholarship" winner Patrick Long continues to be recognized as a driver to watch in the future. Inside F1, Inc., the New York-based Formula 1 media agency, has proclaimed 19 year-old Californian Patrick...
Erstwhile Barber Dodge Pro Series "Big Scholarship" winner Patrick Long continues to be recognized as a driver to watch in the future.
Inside F1, Inc., the New York-based Formula 1 media agency, has proclaimed 19 year-old Californian Patrick Long as the man most likely to take the United States of America back to the top of the Grand Prix racing world by electing him its 2001 Young Driver Award recipient. Additionally, Long has been awarded the Gorsline/Human Performance International Scholarship By earning the HPI scholarship, Long will participate in HPI's renowned two-day Driver Performance Enhancement Program.
"I'm absolutely delighted to be building on my association with Inside F1 through the coming season," said Long. "I have a really good feeling about the way we work together, especially since they are there to highlight what I can do in a racecar. To have F1 industry insiders and well-respected journalists on your side is something money can't buy."
For the Los Angeles racer, this auspicious award is the latest in a long line of achievements that include the 1998 North American Kart Championship and both the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Rookie of the Year and Barber Dodge Pro Series Big Scholarship award that he eventually decided to forgo in order to contest the British Formula Ford Championship with the works Van Diemen squad.
After spending last season in British Formula Ford previously won by such stars as Ayrton Senna and Jenson Button, and netting two pole positions, podium finishes and a win in the four-round British Winter Championship, Long returns as pre-season favorite for 2001.
Leading contributor Joe Saward is delighted Inside F1 will be working on behalf of Long's career.
"It's been 22 years since America last boasted a Grand Prix champion but the day an American driver follows in the footsteps of Jimmy Murphy, Phil Hill and Mario Andretti is getting closer. Patrick may be the man, he displays all the attributes of a world-class driver and we look forward to introducing him to Formula 1," according to Saward.
The HPI program profiles a racer's strength and weaknesses in five major areas: Physical Readiness, Mental Skills, Dynamic Visual Skills, Nutritional Status, and Medical Status. On the basis of this profile, specific training programs are designed to improve a driver's physical and mental performance.
Started at McGill University in Montreal, HPI has been at the forefront of studying human performance for athletes since 1983. Now located in Huntersville, North Carolina, HPI has evaluated hundreds of amateur and professional race car drivers, building a data base of human performance statistics and developing effective training programs. It has been recognized internationally for its effective role in the enhancement of driver performance. As a result, many driver development programs have contacted HPI to be a part of their driver training programs. Many drivers from Formula One, CART, NASCAR, IRL, SCCA, ALMS, and Grand-Am have been evaluated by HPI. Among those are Ayrton Senna, Emerson Fittipaldi, Nigel Mansell and Skip Barber grad Jeff Gordon,
For the past ten years, John Gorsline, president of The Gorsline Company -- a pioneer in the business of insuring high-risk professionals -- has been awarding a scholarship to the HPI Driver Enhancement program to the hottest young drivers in auto racing. Previous winners of The Gorsline Company scholarship include Skip Barber alumni such as FedEx CART driver Bryan Herta; NASCAR driver Jerry Nadeau, and 1997 Barber Dodge Pro Series Champion Derek Hill, who will be racing FIA F3000 in Europe this season.
- George Tamayo