Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fast Facts Redux: Joey Logano

2015 Daytona 500 victory lane
credit: Getty Images/Chris Graythen
A lot has happened to Joey Logano since Skirts & Scuffs first profiled him in March 2012: he made the move from Joe Gibbs Racing to Team Penske, became a contender for the Sprint Cup, got married and won the 2015 Daytona 500 to name a few things. Catch up with the driver who was nicknamed “Sliced Bread” (as in “the best thing since…”) by veteran racer Randy LaJoie early in his career in this Daytona 500 winner’s edition of Fast Facts.
  • Joseph Thomas Logano was born May 24, 1990 in Middletown, Connecticut. He began racing at age 6 in quarter midgets, moving through the ranks of Junior Stock Cars and Late Models in the eastern United States.
  • Logano’s family moved to Georgia where he began racing Bandolero Bandits and later Legends cars. In the Legends Series at age 10, Logano won a record-setting 14 races in a row at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and also won a Lions National Championship. Over the next few years, he raced Late Models, the FASCAR Pro Truck Series and the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series.
  • A 2007 rule change allowed 16-year-old drivers to participate in the Grand National Division, allowing Logano to race in the Camping World East Series (now the K&N Pro Series East) that year. He went on to earn the championship with five wins, 10 top 10s and three poles. In 2008, he made his ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (now Camping World Truck Series) and Nationwide Series (now Xfinity Series) debuts.
  • In August 2008, Logano was announced as the driver for the vacated Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Home Depot ride for 2009, as Tony Stewart was leaving to field his own team. In 2009, he became the youngest driver to race in the Daytona 500, the youngest driver to win a Cup Series race (New Hampshire in June 2009 – 19 years, 35 days), and the Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year.
  • After earning a second win with JGR (Pocono in June 2012), it was announced that Logano would move to Team Penske for the 2013 season as a teammate to Brad Keselowski. Since moving to Team Penske, Logano has earned seven wins (including the 2015 Daytona 500) and finished in the top 10 in points in 2013 (eighth) and 2014 (fourth – made the championship round in the Chase for the Sprint Cup).
  • Logano also competes regularly in the Xfinity Series, winning 21 times in 135 starts from 2008-2014; in 2012, he won nine times and earned six poles in 22 starts with JGR.
  • Logano and the former Brittany Baca were married on Dec. 13, 2014.
  • Find out more about Joey Logano at joeylogano.com


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