Joey Logano will be joining Brad Keselowski in the Penske Racing stable in 2013. Logano signed a multi-year deal with Penske Racing in this past week. Logano was booted out of Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) when JRG signed Matt Kenseth to drive the No.20 car in 2013 which Logano has driven for the past four seasons. If Logano were to stay with JGR, he would have been in the Nationwide Series according to reports. Logano had two options in front of him. One was to go to Penske Racing and start fresh with a new team. His second option was reportedly to drive a full-time Nationwide schedule for Joe Gibbs Racing. Driving in the Nationwide Series is essentially a step-back for Logano after being in a Sprint Cup car for four seasons. Logano wanted to remain in the Sprint Cup Series so he decided to go to Penske Racing. Logano will be driving the No.22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Focus.
Penske Racing will be returning to Ford for the 2013 season. After years of racing under Dodge, Penske Racing decided to go back to Ford. They currently are the only team in the Sprint Cup Series racing a Dodge car and making their own Dodge engines. Going to Ford they will have multiple teams to discuss and compare notes with and Ford has proven over the last few seasons to be very successful. Ford has won the last two Daytona 500’s.
Logano has never ventured off from Joe Gibbs Racing. Logano got his big NASCAR break with Joe Gibbs Racing and he has all of his career wins with JGR. Starting fresh with a new team, sponsor and manufacturer will be good for Logano. Logano hasn’t been producing mind blowing stats or competing for wins on a weekly basis so going to a new team will help Logano improve. Logano is still a young 22 year old kid with his whole NASCAR career ahead of him. President of Penske Racing Tim Cindric said “Joey Logano is a very talented driver who has already achieved a lot of success at a young age.” That statement shows how excited Penske Racing is to get a good young driver for their team in 2013 and beyond.
Logano will continue to drive the No.20 for the remainder of the 2012 season and he has a shot at the Chase if he can win this weekend in Richmond.