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Patrick Long to carry on PWC title hopes in Wright Porsche

Utah Grand Prix

TOOELE, UT - APRIL 28: Patrick Long, driver of the #53 Waste Management Recycling Dodge, looks over his car after his engine failed during practice for the K&N Pro Series West at Miller Motorsports Park on April 28, 2012 in Tooele, Utah. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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Last week’s late and bad news that EFFORT Racing would be going on a hiatus from Pirelli World Challenge threw the hopes of Porsche factory ace Patrick Long and rising star Michael Lewis into disarray.

However as of today at least Long will be able to carry on for the remainder of the season. He currently sits fifth in points with 527 and won the season opener at Circuit of The Americas.

Porsche’s lone American factory driver has announced he’ll run for Wright Motorsports the rest of the World Challenge season.

The John Wright-led operation is one of the most capable with Porsches, having achieved a wealth of success in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA season.

Wright’s operation has moved into World Challenge this season with a GTA class Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Michael Schein in selected races.

“It’s unfortunate how Patrick’s program with us came together because we don’t want to capitalize on another team’s misfortunes, but we’ve worked with him many times in the past, we know he’ll be a great benefit to our team, and we’re excited to have him on board,” Wright said.

“I also want to thank Michael Schein for committing to campaign a Porsche GT3 R in Pirelli World Challenge this year,” Wright said. “That provided the infrastructure we needed to add Patrick’s car to our PWC program. Michael and Patrick have also worked together in the past, and they have a great working relationship as well.”

“This is a rare chance to take a very difficult situation and quickly turn it around,” Long said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity that John and Michael have given me. It’s been humbling, and I’m elated to be able to continue in the series with Wright Motorsports.

“I’ve worked with John in many different programs over the years, and we’ve had a lot of success together,” he added. “It’s always great to work with him and his team.”

This is good news for driver, team and the series.

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