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Johanna Long will drive the ML Motorsports No. 70 car in the Nationwide Series for 21 races in 2012, the team announced Thursday.
Long will drive for Mary Louise Miller, one of the few female team owners in NASCAR. The car will have sponsorship from Biomet and Foretravel Motorcoach.
Long, who has competed in 24 races in the Camping World Truck Series with a best finish of 11th at Texas last June, will compete for Nationwide rookie of the year. Her 21-race schedule begins with the season-opening event at Daytona.
The 19-year-old Long won the 2010 Snowball Derby Late Model race and has primarily run for her family-owned team.
“I’m excited to join ML Motorsports, and I’m honored to have the support of Mary Louise,” Long said in a news release. “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.”
Last year, the ML Motorsports car was primarily driven by Shelby Howard and David Stremme. The team has a guaranteed starting spot for the first five races of 2012 (as long as it attempts each race) as the car was fielded in partnership with Jay Robinson Racing in all events last season and finished 23rd in the owner standings.
“Johanna is a strong driver and a dynamic young lady, and we are excited to have her on board,” Miller said. “She has a great competitive spirit; we believe she has everything it takes to succeed at the highest levels of NASCAR competition.”