Johanna Long will graduate to the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2012, driving the #70 ML Motorsports Biomet/Foretravel Motorcoach Chevrolet Impala in both 2012 and 2013.
Long will join an ML Motorsports team owned by Mary Louise Miller, one of the few female owners in NASCAR. “I’m excited to join ML Motorsports," said Long, "and I’m honored to have the support of Mary Louise. 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 Miller. “She has a great competitive spirit; we believe she has everything it takes to succeed at the highest levels of NASCAR competition."
Indiana-based ML Motorsports fielded entries for drivers David Stremme, Dennis Setzer, Scott Wimmer, Shelby Howard, Blake Koch and Angela Cope in 2011, with Stremme claiming the team’s only Top-10 finish – a ninth – at Richmond International Raceway in April.