Stock Car Racing
#22 Joey Logano
|Birthday||MAY 24, 1990|
Joey Logano enters his first season with Ford and Penske Racing coming off a 2012 campaign that saw him produce career-best results in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR 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.
Entering his fifth full season as a Sprint Cup Series driver, the Middletown, Conn., native takes over behind the wheel of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion with a highly-decorated history in motorsports. After a quick ascent through the ranks that began as a 15-year-old developmental driver with Joe Gibbs Racing, Logano began earning his stripes with a NASCAR Nationwide Series pole in just his second career start at Nashville Superspeedway in June of 2008. 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 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner at 19 years old and the youngest to win Rookie of the Year in the 55-year history of the award.
* Logano earned his first major stock car victory in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series when he was only 15 years old, taking the checkered flag at Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Park in 2005. He ended that season with one win, six top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 14 starts.
* Logano made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September of 2008 and finished 32nd.
* A native of Middletown, Conn., Logano now resides in Charlotte, N.C.
DID YOU KNOW?
Logano became the youngest winner in NASCAR Nationwide Series history when he won from the pole at Kentucky Speedway just three weeks after celebrating his 18th birthday. What made the result even more impressive was that it marked only his third career start.