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Shell-Pennzoil Race Team and Joey Logano In 2013
Joey Logano Already Has Impressive Resume at Only 22 Years Old
Young Driver Already Has Impressive Resume at Only 22 Years Old
Joey Logano enters his first season with Penske Racing coming off a 2012 campaign that saw him produce career-best results in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. The 22-year-old driver combined for 10 victories on the year, as he earned his second career Sprint Cup Series win at Pocono and won nine Nationwide Series races – one short of the all-time record. After showing the ability to win on all levels of racing, Logano will bring stability and success to the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion beginning in 2013.
Logano joins Penske Racing with a highly-decorated history in motorsports. His road to NASCAR began when he was just six years old and began competing in Quarter Midgets throughout the Northeast. He captured his first championship at the age of seven in the 1997 Eastern Grand National Championship in the Junior Stock Car Quarter Midget division. As he continued through the Quarter Midget ranks, he followed up his first title with Eastern Grand National Championships in 1998 and 1999.
In 2005 Logano took the next major step in his path to NASCAR when he was signed as a development driver by Joe Gibbs Racing. As part of that development program, Logano made his debut just after his 15th birthday when he started competing in the USAR Hooter’s Pro Cup Series.
He earned his first Pro Cup Series victory at Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Park and tallied one win, six top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 14 starts that year. His incredible opening season caused NASCAR veteran Mark Martin to call Logano the “real deal” at just 15 years of age. Logano followed up his successful first season by winning two additional races in the 2007 Pro Cup Series season.
Logano continued his ascent as a NASCAR driver in 2007 when he competed in the newly-founded NASCAR West Series and Logano visited victory lane in his first race at Phoenix International Raceway. He also won the NASCAR East Series season-opening race en route to the NASCAR Camping World Series East Championship and East Series Rookie of the Year with five wins, two poles, 10 top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in just 14 starts.
After waiting until May when he turned 18, Logano made his long-anticipated NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in 2008 at Dover International Speedway. He quickly found success when he secured his first pole in just his second career start at Nashville Superspeedway in June and then became the youngest winner in Nationwide Series history in his third start when he won from the pole at Kentucky Speedway, just three weeks after his 18th birthday. He raced in a total of 19 Nationwide Series events that season and earned one win, three poles and 14 top-10 finishes.
Logano made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September of 2008 and made additional Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.
In his first full Sprint Cup season in 2009, Logano recorded his first career series victory when he took the checkered flag at Loudon, and he went on to secure three top-five and seven top-10 finishes. With his early success on the track, Logano earned the distinctions of being both the youngest Sprint Cup winner at 19 years-old and the youngest Cup Series Rookie of the Year in the 55-year history of the award.
Penske Racing announced in early September that Logano would join the organization in 2013 as the driver of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion in Sprint Cup Series competition. With two wins and five poles in Cup Series competition and 18 wins and 22 poles in Nationwide Series action, Logano will begin to build on those impressive career numbers with Penske Racing in 2013.
The first race of the season will be on February 16th at Daytona International Speedway. The newly named Sprint Unlimited is the former Budweiser Shootout, which is a non-points race that will air live on FOX at 8:00 pm ET that Saturday night. The following weekend, the Daytona 500 will be the first points race of the season, and will air on Sunday, February 24th at 1:00 pm ET, also on FOX.