Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Logano Confirmed at Penske Racing

Logano lands at Penske Racing
Penske Racing has just announced that Joey Logano will join the team in 2013, driving the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Logano, 22, a two-time Sprint Cup Series winner who is currently competing in his fourth full season, will begin a multi-year agreement with Penske Racing.

“I am very excited to join Penske Racing and begin the next phase of my career,” said Logano. “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."
In addition to his pair of victories, four poles and 16 top-five finishes in his young Cup Series career, Logano has also produced 15 wins and 19 poles in five seasons competing part time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
“Joey Logano is a very talented driver who has already achieved a lot of success at a young age,” said Tim Cindric, President of Penske Racing. “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.”
With an impressive track record of winning from an early age, Logano has established himself as one of NASCAR’s fastest rising stars. He started racing quarter midgets at the age of six and won his first championship just one year later. After rising up quickly through the racing ranks, Logano became the youngest winner in Nationwide Series history when he won at Kentucky Speedway at the age of 18 in 2008. Just one year later he won at New Hampshire to become the youngest winner ever in Cup Series competition. Logano went on to be named 2009 Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year, setting the stage for a bright future in the sport.
“We welcome Joey Logano to the Shell-Pennzoil team, and we know he will do a great job representing our brands and Penske Racing in 2013 and beyond,” said Lisa Davis, president, Shell Lubricants Americas. “Joey is clearly a special talent on the race track, and we look forward to working with him off the track as well.”
Logano will join Brad Keselowski, a three-time race winner and championship contender in 2012, and the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford team to form a potent combination for Penske Racing in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.


  1. Anonymous4:34 PM

    Goodbye Joey, sorry you didn't bloom under Coach Joe. He gave you the tools. I wish you luck (not really, drink more Monster). Now Matt can 'pick up the Home Depot hammer' and win some for the Coach.

    Doug from JGR country NJ

  2. Anonymous4:58 PM

    I think this is a slap in the face to Sam Hornish, Jr. He has worked his tail off to get back to the Sprint Cup Series to have it taken it away by "Sliced Bread". Speaking of sliced bread, I'm "Wonder"ing how long before Shell/Penzoil walks from Penske for nonperformance from Lagano.

    1. Shell Pennzoil is going nowhere. Penske Leasing, his auto dealerships and other worldwide business entities make him one of the largest consumers of Shell and Pennzoil products on the planet.

    2. Actually it's a bigger indictment of Hornish and his inability to grow into stock cars. He's out of his element here; he's an Indycar driver and nothing else.

  3. I am not convinced that Logano is a better choice than Hornish.

  4. Anonymous5:17 PM

    What a SLAP by the Penske group for Hornish. Maybe something else is coming we don,t no yet. Much more than the tap on the neck that BK got.

  5. Anonymous6:00 PM

    I think Penske made the right decision. Got a couple young talented drivers in his stable for the next couple years. Hornish still might get a full time gig in a 3rd car if Penske can get sponsorship. I am sure Shell/Penzoil had a big say in whether Logano or Hornish got the ride.

    I don't think Logano ever had a crew chief who believed in him at JGR and he was always low man on the totm pole with Denny and Kryle there. Loganos gonna do good with a fresh start at Penske.


  6. Sad for Sam, he's worked his butt off since filling in for the 22 team, really thought he's deserved the nod with his performance since taking over the ride. Now to be replaced by a guy that hasn't performed in the cup the whole 4 years he's been there. Maybe someone will see what Sam has done and get him a good shot at another cup ride.

  7. Anonymous10:10 PM

    i would rather be at penske/ford rather than gibbs/toyota---- let it play out penske is going to walk all over Roush and take the top dog spot at ford. joey is a good driver watch out.

  8. Anonymous7:08 AM

    hornish had his chance, the only thing he did was get the nick name sideways sam

  9. I'm sorry to say that I don't think Logano is that good in a Sprint Cup car. He has one legitimate win{and one rain shortened pit strategy win}. He does agreat job in Nationwide but one win in 4 years in cup, not too great. I really don't see what will be much different at Penske. He already has top notch equipment & people. Just isn't that good in a cup car. I think Mr. Penske will be very disappointed.