Long and Hardwick Seventh in Daytona

July 09, 2020

July 4, 2020 (Daytona Beach, Fla.) — North America’s only Porsche works driver, Patrick Long, and teammate Ryan Hardwick finished in seventh-place in the GT-Daytona class at the IMSA WeatherTech 240, the second round of the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The No. 16 1st Phorm Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by Wright Motorsports put in a flawless performance and now sits in fourth place of the GTD championship.

The next round of the IMSA championship will be the Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring on July 18.

Patrick Long, Driver, No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.

“It was a tough day, especially my double stint during the race. Thanks to a solid team performance we finished on seventh place. The pit stops were perfect, the strategy was basically good. However, given the intense competition, we were unable to conserve as much fuel as we had originally planned. We had to pit again shortly before the finish. Under the circumstances, seventh was the most we could achieve. It was a good points day.”

Ryan Hardwick, Driver, No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.

“It was a solid race for our team. Our goal was a top-five. We fell short of that a little bit. I was a little cautious at the beginning. My caution cost us a little too much time up to the lead back. Once the track dried our car was amazing. I got well up into the top-five in lap times for the silver [class] drivers. Pat Long did an amazing job. He pushed hard. We were real tight on fuel and had to come in for a splash but Pat brought us home seventh which was a respectable finish for us.”