Coming off a frustrating race at Lime Rock where Long’s pole position went south in the latter stages of the race when mechanical issues intervened, the Californian credited his Danish teammate and the Ohio-based Wright Motorsports team for coming together in the face of adversity.
“And we’re all different. I’m a moody creature. And I’m a highly focused person, and a situation like Lime Rock brings out a lot of emotion. It also brought out the smoothest, best execution from everyone in the team. You learn a lot about each other when things go wrong, and we all pulled together.”
For Nielsen, working with a champion of Long’s caliber could have been daunting, but she’s found an important ally when it comes to tuning their Porsche 911 GT3 R for success.
“One of the things that has been really nice this year is Pat and I give similar feedback on the car, we want the same improvements, and I can relate to a lot of things he says,” she said.
“Creating the perfect car is never easy, but we’re on the same page and have the same mindset, so it makes it easier to believe you can achieve it.”
Long, like Nielsen, was beaming with pride over their achievement at Road America’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase.
“At Lime Rock we were good, but this was really amazing,” he added.
Story and image: Marshall Pruett, Racer.com