Johanna Long to run select Xfinity, Truck races for new team in 2015

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Sidelined from any NASCAR races in 2014, Johanna Long will be back on the track in 2015.

Long will compete in an unspecified number of both NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series events this season for startup team Mike Affarano Motorsports, which announced the news in a Wednesday release.

Long, 22, of Pensacola, Fla., has 43 career starts in the Xfinity Series, most recently 20 in 2013. She became the youngest female to compete on the circuit when she made her debut at 19 in the 2012 season opener at Daytona International Speedway. She also has 24 starts in the Truck series.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to race this season with Mike Affarano Motorsports,” Long said in the release. “In a time when drivers are pressured to bring sponsorship money to teams in order to race, it was great to have my phone ring and be approached because of my talent.”

Long and MAM will make their debut in the unsponsored No. 03 Xfinity Series Chevrolet on Feb. 21 at Daytona. MAM is based in Salisbury, N.C., about 40 miles north of Charlotte, and will be competing with cars purchased from the former Turner Scott Motorsports.

“We are thrilled to have Johanna behind the wheel for 2015,” Affarano said. “She has such drive and determination that will represent our team well on and off the track, and we know she’s great with attracting sponsors and fans.

“We’re looking forward to growing and progressing as a company together this season.”

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