Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Joey Logano joins Penske Racing for 2013 to pilot the "Double Deuce"

Joey Logano at Atlanta
Credit: Charlotte Bray 
Joey Logano is trading in his Home Depot orange for Shell/Pennzoil yellow. On Tuesday the 22-year-old driver announced he will part ways with Joe Gibbs Racing at the conclusion of the 2012 season, moving to the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford for 2013. Although rumors of this change have been swirling for weeks, the announcement makes it official. This move coincides with Matt Kenseth’s announcement that he will take over the No. 20 at JGR in 2013 with sponsors Home Depot and Dollar General.

Logano said about the move to Penske, "I am looking forward to the opportunity as it will be an honor to drive for Roger Penske and race for wins and championships. I am also proud to represent Shell-Pennzoil as they are a respected global brand that does a great job of activating in the sport, on and off the track."

Holding the record as the youngest winner in both the Nationwide and Cup Series, Logano has not had the consistency to contend for a championship, but that could change with his move to Penske Racing.

In 136 Sprint Cup Series starts to date, Logano has two wins, 15 top fives and 37 top 10s. His best points season was 2010 when he placed 16th. In Nationwide Series competition Logano has 103 starts, earning 15 wins and 80 top 10s.

Tim Cendric, President of Penske Racing said, “Joey is a great fit for our organization and we look forward to building on his success as he takes his place behind the wheel of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford."

The No. 22 is currently piloted by Sam Hornish Jr., who replaced AJ Allmendinger earlier in the year after Allmendiger tested positive during a random drug screening. Hornish’s plans for 2013 are not set in stone yet. However team owner Roger Penske said on Sunday, “At the end of the day, no matter how we end up, Sam Hornish Jr.'s going to have a ride with us in 2013.”


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