Racing

Raleigh race car driver prepares for VIR

Posted August 19, 2014

Tom Long knows his race cars inside and out, as both a driver and team manager. The Raleigh native's a busy man this week as he gets ready to run at Virginia International Raceway – the place where he got his start.

"The first year coming here was 2000," said Long. "I was 18-years-old and I was able to get my car on track and started to develop a career."

Long's specialty is road course racing and since VIR has the only road course on tour between Atlanta and Watkins Glen, Alton, Virginia really has become Long's home away from home.

"I probably spend, honestly, about a third of my year here at VIR," said Long.

A large part of that time is spent as an instructor. Long coaches other drivers, including his teammate in this weekend's race, Liam Dwyer.

"Tom's got this way of portraying a message, no matter what it is, in a very positive manner," said Dwyer.

"It kind of teaches you perspective. If you were a tutor for some subject, and if you knew it thoroughly enough to be able to explain it, you're able to explain it in a different kind of form than if you were just feeling it," said Long.

So whether it's teaching, managing, driving or winning, Tom Long has a full slate this weekend at the track he calls home.

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  • cstanley3 Aug 20, 2014

    What is the story here? I saw this on the news last night and all I saw was, "guy drives race car." Is it news because he's from Raleigh???

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