Team Penske has locked up Joey Logano. Can you believe that Logano has been in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for seven seasons? It just seems like a few weeks ago that the now 24 year old driver stepped into the No. 20 at Joe Gibbs Racing.
Now the seasoned veteran is racing in the NASCAR Championship Chase for Team Penske behind the wheel of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion.
Apparently Team Penske recognized a good thing as the team and Logano have agreed to a multi-year contract extension. The move keeps the driver at Penske in both the Sprint Cup Series as well as the Nationwide, soon to be Xfinity, series driving the No. 22 Discount Tire/Hertz Ford Mustang.
Owner Roger Penske said that Logano has been a great addition to the organization since he started driving for them at the beginning of the 2013 season. This season Logano has racked up four wins on the season and represents Team Penske alongside teammate Brad Keselowski.
“Joey Logano has been everything we hoped he would be, both as a driver and as a representative of our organization and for our partners,” said team owner Roger Penske.
“He continues to put points on the board for us and the continuity and chemistry he has developed within the team has been terrific. We believe he can be a leader and championship-level driver for Team Penske for years to come.”
Logano seems to have figured a few things out since joining the team in 2013. He first entered the series part-time in 2008 and full-time in 2009 with Joe Gibbs Racing. The days of people thinking he may have been given a Sprint Cup ride too early have faded away. During the JGR days Logano had two wins in the Sprint Cup series from 2008 to 2013.
Since he made the move to Penske the driver has racked up five Cup Series wins four of which have come this season. In the last two seasons he’s had 23 top five finishes as compared to 16 over five years at JGR. It’s obvious that the driver has matured and learned a lot over the years.
The move came after being dismissed from JGR and Penske let A.J. Allmendinger go. Now both drivers are in the Chase proving that second chances should be taken advantage of when given. Logano summed it up as being able to use what he learned at Gibbs and apply it to doing better at Penske.
“I looked at it and said, hey, here’s my last shot,” Logano said. “In all honesty, this was kind of it. Now I’ve got to produce. So I was able to take the first four years of my career and what I’ve learned and what I’ve figured out and matured and grown up throughout all those years and put it all to use here.”
A Good Deal
The new deal at Team Penske is said to be a long term extension of his contract that will keep him in the No. 22 car for the foreseeable future. If Logano and Keselowski continue to drive like they are doing now then you can bet that Team Penske will be in Chase contention for many seasons to come. Logano says his best years are in front of him with Team Penske.
“I am fortunate and excited to be a part of Team Penske for the foreseeable future,” said Logano.
“Mr. Penske gives us everything we need to keep our eye on the prize and compete for wins and championships. I think that is clear by the number of wins we have across the board this year. I’m fortunate to represent great companies like Ford, Shell-Pennzoil, AAA, AutoTrader.com, Discount Tire, Hertz and all of the great partners we have here at Team Penske. I think our best years are in front of us for sure.”