It’s been nearly a year and a half since Johanna Long ran her last race at the Xfinity level. Thanks to an opportunity with Mike Affarano Motorsports, Long will finally get her chance to get behind the wheel again on Friday in Richmond.
“I can’t wait to get back to the track,” Long said in a Affarano Motorsports release. “Mike and everyone at Affarano Motorsports has worked so hard to get the cars ready. Everything’s in place except the sponsorship. Hopefully we’ll have a strong run and people will see how much potential this team has and will come on board to sponsor us.”
Long, 22, initially attempted to make a comeback at Daytona with Affarano. However, that bid was cut short when it was discovered the car didn’t have the necessary updates.
Now she heads to a completely different style of track in Richmond looking to make her debut with the new team. She’ll be doing so in a hot pink Camaro that Affarano knows will be unmistakable on Friday.
“One thing is for sure, folks will have a hard time missing Johanna out on the track,” Affarano said. “As far as I know, she’ll be the only one driving in a hot pink Chevy Camaro.”
Of course, Long has to qualify well for the event first before she can hit the track for her first race in over 17 months. Having qualified 13th and 25th back in 2013 at Richmond, Affarano should have no trouble if she has the right equipment and speed.
While the team lacks marketing partners, it certainly doesn’t lack confidence in Long as a driver.
“I am confident Johanna will be competitive,” Affarano said. “She has a very loyal and supportive fan base that is anxious to see her back in the series.”
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Quotes courtesy of a NASCAR.com staff report.