Long, a Pensacola, Fl native is the winner of the 2010 Snowball Derby. She began her NASCAR career in 2011, driving a limited schedule in the Camping World Truck Series for Panhandle Motorsports. Long qualified in the 5th place position in her first start at Daytona. Her career best finish to date was 11th place at Texas Motor Speedway.
Long will join a team that is owned by Mary Louise Miller, one of the few female owners in NASCAR. Miller is known as a big supporter of women in racing. At nineteen, Long becomes the youngest female driver to compete in the Nationwide Series, and she will be competing for Rookie of the Year in 2012.
“I’m excited to join ML Motorsports, and I’m honored to have the support of Mary Louise”, said Long. “As a female team owner in NASCAR, Mary Louise is an inspiration to me. I believe all the pieces are in place at ML Motorsports to achieve success in 2012, and I can’t wait to get started.”
“Johanna is a strong driver and a dynamic young lady, and we are excited to have her on board”, said Mary Louise Miller. “She has a great competitive spirit; we believe she has everything it takes to succeed at the highest levels of NASCAR competition”.
Long began racing at the age of 8 accumulating numerous wins at tracks across the southeast. At 14, she burst onto the late model scene, and in 2008 at 15, she racked up several wins en route to becoming the first female and youngest driver to win a track championship at Five Flags Speedway. Long made her foray into the NCWTS at age 18.
For more information about Johanna, visit www.JohannaLong.com