Biography

While his age should put him in the conversation about NASCAR’s Youth Movement, Joey Logano will be starting his ninth full-time season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series when the green flag is displayed for the 59th annual Daytona 500 on February 26th. The 26-year-old Middletown, CT native will enter the 2017 season on the heels of his runner-up finish in the 2016 series championship and in a familiar place as one of the early-season title favorites for the championship.

Having won more races over the 2014 and 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series seasons than any other driver (11), the 2016 campaign featured more success for Team Penske driver. Logano had a million reasons to celebrate following the 2016 NASCAR All-Star Race as he led a Team Penske one-two finish in the non-points event, marking the first time a team had accomplished a top-two sweep.

The No. 22 Team Penske crew led by crew chief Todd Gordon continued the momentum of the All-Star victory into the summer months, finishing in the top 10 in 12 of the 14 races leading up to the Chase. Logano secured a Chase birth with a victory in the FireKeepers 400 at Michigan International Speedway in June.

When the Chase began at Chicagoland Speedway, Gordon and Logano focused on advancing to the Round of 12 through consistency, posting an average finishing position of 6.3 and scoring two top-10 finishes. Logano and the team found themselves in a hole to start the Chase Round of 12 after a cut tire relegated the No. 22 Ford to a 36th-place finish at Charlotte to open the round. The team rebounded with a third-place effort at Kansas Speedway, but they couldn’t rest easy until Logano took the checkered flag at Talladega Superspeedway for the second year in a row, advancing the team to the Round of Eight for the third straight season.

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Biography

While his age should put him in the conversation about NASCAR’s Youth Movement, Joey Logano will be starting his ninth full-time season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series when the green flag is displayed for the 59th annual Daytona 500 on February 26th. The 26-year-old Middletown, CT native will enter the 2017 season on the heels of his runner-up finish in the 2016 series championship and in a familiar place as one of the early-season title favorites for the championship.

Having won more races over the 2014 and 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series seasons than any other driver (11), the 2016 campaign featured more success for Team Penske driver. Logano had a million reasons to celebrate following the 2016 NASCAR All-Star Race as he led a Team Penske one-two finish in the non-points event, marking the first time a team had accomplished a top-two sweep.

The No. 22 Team Penske crew led by crew chief Todd Gordon continued the momentum of the All-Star victory into the summer months, finishing in the top 10 in 12 of the 14 races leading up to the Chase. Logano secured a Chase birth with a victory in the FireKeepers 400 at Michigan International Speedway in June.

When the Chase began at Chicagoland Speedway, Gordon and Logano focused on advancing to the Round of 12 through consistency, posting an average finishing position of 6.3 and scoring two top-10 finishes. Logano and the team found themselves in a hole to start the Chase Round of 12 after a cut tire relegated the No. 22 Ford to a 36th-place finish at Charlotte to open the round. The team rebounded with a third-place effort at Kansas Speedway, but they couldn’t rest easy until Logano took the checkered flag at Talladega Superspeedway for the second year in a row, advancing the team to the Round of Eight for the third straight season.

In the Round of Eight, Logano emerged as a serious title favorite with a fourth-place average finish, including a walk-off victory at Phoenix International Raceway in the penultimate round of the championship. The win meant Logano qualified for the Championship Four for the second time in three years and would race for the championship.

Despite running a near perfect race in the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway, Logano came up one restart short of winning his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. He wound up finishing fourth in the race and second in the title chase behind Jimmie Johnson. At the NASCAR Awards Banquet in Las Vegas, Logano vowed to not accept loss, but to accept growth. The team’s three victories on the season and runner-up finish in the championship secured their place among the elite teams in the sport, and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil/AAA/Autotrader team returns for the 2017 season virtually unchanged from the previous three years.

Logano’s road to NASCAR began when he was just six years old and he started competing in Quarter Midgets throughout the Northeast. He captured his first championship at the age of seven in the 1997 Eastern Grand National Championship in the Junior Stock Car Quarter Midget division. As he continued through the Quarter Midget ranks, he followed up his first title with Eastern Grand National Championships in 1998 and 1999.

Logano began racing Bandoleros in 1999 and quickly became the National Bandolero Bandits Champion. That same year he was also the youngest driver to compete in a Legends car when he made a start as a nine year-old racer. The following year he captured the Bandolero division championships at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

After winning the Bandolero titles, Logano moved on to Legends cars full time. He set a track record with 14-consecutive wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway at just 12 years old (a record that still stands today) and won the Young Lions National Championship in 2002. Logano also won the Pro National Championship that year, making him the youngest Pro Division Champion in Legends history. Logano then transitioned into Late Models, racing with the Georgia Asphalt Series and Southern All-Star Series while also making headlines by competing in the American Speed Association (ASA) National Tour, one of the most prestigious short track series in existence. In 2004 he competed in the ASA Late Model Series, where he earned five top-five and eight top-10 finishes.

In 2005, Logano took the next major step in his path to NASCAR when he was signed as a development driver by Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). As part of that development program, Logano made his debut just after his 15th birthday when he started competing in the USAR Hooter’s Pro Cup Series. He earned his first Pro Cup Series victory at Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Park in just his second start and tallied one win, six top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 14 starts that year. His incredible opening season prompted NASCAR veteran Mark Martin to call Logano the “real deal” at just 15 years of age. Logano followed up his successful first season by winning two additional races in the 2007 Pro Cup Series season.

Logano continued his ascent as a NASCAR driver in 2007 when he made his debut in the NASCAR West Series and visited Victory Lane in his first NASCAR-sanctioned race at Phoenix International Raceway. He also won the NASCAR Camping World East Series season-opening race en route to the NASCAR East Series Championship and Rookie of the Year titles with five wins, two poles, 10 top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in just 14 starts. Logano is also a two-time winner of the NASCAR All-Star Showdown, formerly held every year at Irwindale (Cal.) Speedway.

Having to wait to until he turned 18 due to the rules, Logano made his long-anticipated NASCAR XFINITY Series debut just a few days after his birthday at Dover International Speedway. He quickly found success when he secured his first pole in just his second-career start at Nashville Superspeedway and then became the youngest winner in XFINITY Series history when he won from the pole at Kentucky Speedway in his third start, just three weeks after his 18th birthday. He raced in a total of 19 NXS events that season and earned one win, three poles and 14 top-10 finishes.

Logano made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September of 2008 and made additional Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.

In his first full Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season in 2009, Logano recorded his first career series victory when he took the checkered flag at Loudon. 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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner and pole winner at 19-years-old and the youngest Cup Series Rookie of the Year in the 55-year history of the award. Over his first four seasons in the Monster Energy Cup Series prior to joining Team Penske, Logano earned two victories with his second coming in a duel with childhood idol Martin at Pocono Raceway. 

Throughout the years, Logano has continued to be a dominant force in the XFINITY Series as well, including a record-setting 2012 season that saw the Middletown, Conn. native lead all series drivers with nine wins, six poles and 1,065 laps led while competing in just 22 of 33 races. Since joining the XFINITY Series in 2008, Logano has earned 27 wins, 31 poles (which ranks fifth on the all-time list), 84 top-five and 129 top-10 finishes in just 159 career starts.

After joining Team Penske following the 2012 season, Logano was an instant fit with the organization. He enjoyed a strong first season with the team in 2013 as he finished eighth in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point standings after qualifying for his first-ever chase, Logano won at Michigan International Speedway, earned two pole positions and claimed 11 top-five finishes, 19 top-10 results led 15 races and 323 laps while producing an average finishing position of 14.1. In addition to his Sprint Cup Series success, Logano produced three wins in just 15 NASCAR XFINITY Series starts as he helped the No. 22 Discount Tire/Hertz Ford team secure the Owners’ Championship for Roger Penske.

In 2014, Logano and Gordon earned respect from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field and solidified the team as a front-runner, winning five Cup Series races (Texas Motor Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Kansas Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway) and qualifying for the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  Ultimately, he would come home fourth in the point standings.  At the time, he earned career-best numbers with five wins, 16 top-five finishes, 22 top-10 results and 993 laps led.

In what can be called a breakout/career-defining/superstar-emerging season, Logano set the series on fire in 2015, earning career-best numbers in nearly every statistical category and finding himself atop the standings all season long.  No longer was Logano just considered a tough competitor and occasional race winner, he was now one of the sports true stars and a force to reckoned with.

Logano’s seventh full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season in 2015, couldn’t have started much better for the No. 22 crew.  After posting solid finishes in the Unlimited and the Duel events in Daytona, Logano drove to the front and won the season-opening Daytona 500, marking the biggest victory of his career to date.  Logano’s win was also the second Daytona 500 victory for Team Penske and it automatically earned him a berth into the Chase for the Championship for the third-straight season after the opening race of the year.

Since 2014, only Jimmie Johnson has won as many Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races as Logano (14).  And it’s that record of success, along with the fact that Gordon and most of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil/AAA/Autotrader Ford Fusion team will return intact in 2017, that has Logano fired up to chase his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. 

Career Highlights

2016 - Continues building on his success at Team Penske with a fourth-consecutive season driving the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil/AAA/Autotrader Ford Fusion. Wins three races with victories at Michigan, Talladega and Phoenix, in addition to the NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte. Scores 16 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes, three pole positions and leads 703 laps. Leads all active drivers with seven wins in the Chase since the elimination style format was introduced. Averages a finishing position of 10.5 with an average starting position of 8.1 during the 2016 season. Records one pole and two victories in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with Team Penske’s part-time No. 12 Ford Mustang.

2015 - Driving the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil/AAA/Autotrader Ford Fusion for the third-consecutive season, enjoys a breakout year that starts by winning the Daytona 500, Team Penske’s second in the Great American Race.  Leads all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers in several statistical categories, including wins, poles, top-10 finishes and average start.  Sets career-high numbers with six wins, 22 top fives, 28 top 10s, 1,431 laps led, a 6.9-average start and a 9.2-average finish.  Earns regular season wins at Daytona, Watkins Glen and Bristol.  Becomes first driver to ever sweep a Chase round (and second ever to win three-straight Chase races), winning all three Contender Round races at Charlotte, Kansas and Talladega.  Earns first ever weekend “sweep” by winning both Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races at Watkins Glen, for his first NASCAR road-course wins.  Earns four wins in just 11 XFINITY Series starts, including three of his first five starts, en route to helping the No. 22 team earn its third-consecutive NXS Owners’ Championship.

2014 - In second full-season with Team Penske, has career-best year en route to qualifying for the Chase and the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where he finishes fourth in the Sprint Cup Series standings. Establishes single-season career-high numbers in wins (five), top fives (16), top 10s (22), laps led (993), average starting spot (9.8) and average finishing position (11.3). Claims NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories at Texas Motor Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway, New Hamphsire Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway. Sets a record with five-straight top-five finishes to begin the Chase. Earns eight top-five finishes in 10 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) starts to help the No. 22 team win its second-straight NXS Owners’ Championship.

2013 - Competes in his first full-season with Team Penske and qualifies for first ever NASCAR Chase, where he finishes a career-best eighth in points. Earns his third-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory by taking the checkered flag from the pole at Michigan International Speedway in August. Sets career high marks in top-five finishes (11), top-10 results (19), laps led (323), races led (15) and average finish (14.1). Also wins two pole positions (Michigan, Chicagoland). Wins three races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) en route to helping the No. 22 team win the NNS owner’s championship.

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2016 - Continues building on his success at Team Penske with a fourth-consecutive season driving the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil/AAA/Autotrader Ford Fusion. Wins three races with victories at Michigan, Talladega and Phoenix, in addition to the NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte. Scores 16 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes, three pole positions and leads 703 laps. Leads all active drivers with seven wins in the Chase since the elimination style format was introduced. Averages a finishing position of 10.5 with an average starting position of 8.1 during the 2016 season. Records one pole and two victories in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with Team Penske’s part-time No. 12 Ford Mustang.

2015 - Driving the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil/AAA/Autotrader Ford Fusion for the third-consecutive season, enjoys a breakout year that starts by winning the Daytona 500, Team Penske’s second in the Great American Race.  Leads all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers in several statistical categories, including wins, poles, top-10 finishes and average start.  Sets career-high numbers with six wins, 22 top fives, 28 top 10s, 1,431 laps led, a 6.9-average start and a 9.2-average finish.  Earns regular season wins at Daytona, Watkins Glen and Bristol.  Becomes first driver to ever sweep a Chase round (and second ever to win three-straight Chase races), winning all three Contender Round races at Charlotte, Kansas and Talladega.  Earns first ever weekend “sweep” by winning both Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races at Watkins Glen, for his first NASCAR road-course wins.  Earns four wins in just 11 XFINITY Series starts, including three of his first five starts, en route to helping the No. 22 team earn its third-consecutive NXS Owners’ Championship.

2014 - In second full-season with Team Penske, has career-best year en route to qualifying for the Chase and the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where he finishes fourth in the Sprint Cup Series standings. Establishes single-season career-high numbers in wins (five), top fives (16), top 10s (22), laps led (993), average starting spot (9.8) and average finishing position (11.3). Claims NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories at Texas Motor Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway, New Hamphsire Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway. Sets a record with five-straight top-five finishes to begin the Chase. Earns eight top-five finishes in 10 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) starts to help the No. 22 team win its second-straight NXS Owners’ Championship.

2013 - Competes in his first full-season with Team Penske and qualifies for first ever NASCAR Chase, where he finishes a career-best eighth in points. Earns his third-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory by taking the checkered flag from the pole at Michigan International Speedway in August. Sets career high marks in top-five finishes (11), top-10 results (19), laps led (323), races led (15) and average finish (14.1). Also wins two pole positions (Michigan, Chicagoland). Wins three races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) en route to helping the No. 22 team win the NNS owner’s championship.

2012 - Wins a combined 10 races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. Records his second career Sprint Cup victory at Pocono and matches a career high with two pole positions at Pocono and Homestead. Also establishes a career high with 190 laps led. In the Nationwide Series, leads all drivers with nine wins, six poles and 1,065 laps led despite only competing in 22 of 33 races.

2011 - Competes in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. In the Sprint Cup Series, Logano win the pole at Sonoma and Pocono and earns four top-five and six top-10 finishes. Competing in the Nationwide Series, Logano secures a victory at Daytona and a pole at Nashville on the way to
posting eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes on the year.

2010 - Starts in all 36 Sprint Cup races with a best finish of runner-up at Martinsville. Wins the pole at Bristol and earns a career high seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. Ends the year with seven top-10 results in the final 11 races. Wins two Nationwide Series races at Kentucky and Kansas and leads all drivers with eight poles. Also posts career bests of 15 top-five and 24 top-10 efforts.

2009 - Completes first full season in the Sprint Cup Series and starts all 36 races. Becomes the youngest Sprint Cup winner in history with a victory a tLoudon and follows that up by becoming the youngest winner in the 55-year history of the Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year award. On the year he records top-five results Charlotte, Talladega and Loudon and seven top-10 finishes. Competes in 22 of 35 Nationwide Series races, securing five race victories, four pole positions, 13 top-five and 16 top-10 results.

2008 - Joins the Nationwide Series and competes in limited races in the Sprint Cup Series. Demonstrates his talent instantly by winning the pole in his second Nationwide Series start at Nashville and wins at Kentucky from the pole in just his third race, making him the youngest winner in Nationwide Series history. Also records poles at Richmond and Homestead. In 19 Nationwide Series races earns one win, three poles and 14 top-10 finishes. Makes his Sprint Cup Series debut at Loudon in September with additional Cup Series starts at Kansas and Texas.

2007 - Begins his NASCAR career competing in the NASCAR Camping World West Series. Visits Victory Lane in his first race in the West Series at Phoenix and wins the NASCAR East Series season-opener en route to the NASCAR Camping World Series East Championship and East Series Rookie of the Year honors. Ends the year with five wins, two poles, 10 top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in just 14 starts.

2006-2005 - Competes in the USAR Hooter’s Pro Cup Series. Wins one race with six top-five finishes in 2005 and wins two races with one pole and three top-five finishes in 2006.

2004 - Races in the ASA Late Model Series, earning five top-five and eight top-10 finishes.

2003 - Advances to the Georgia Asphalt Series and Southern All-Star Series while also competing in the American Speed Association National Tour.

2002 - Competes in Legends cars for the full schedule. Sets a track record with 14 consecutive wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway and wins the Young Lions National championship. Also captures the Pro National championship that year to become the youngest Pro division champion in Legends history.

2001-1999 - Begins racing Bandoleros in 1999 and quickly emerges the National Bandoleros Bandits Champion. Becomes the youngest driver to compete in a Legends car at nine years old. The following year captures the Bandoleros division championships at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

1999-1997 - Starts his racing career with Quarter Midgets racing in the Northeast. Captures his first championship at the age of seven in the 1997 Eastern Grand National Championship in the Junior Stock Car Quarter Midget division. Follows up his first title with Eastern Grand National Championships in 1998 and 1999.

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season Statistics

DateEventStartFinishPoints (Behind)Rank (+/-)
2/18/17 The Clash at Daytona 9 1 NA NA
2/23/17 Can-Am Duel at Daytona #1 9 9 NA NA
2/26/17 Daytona 500 15 6 43 (-1) 3 (--)

Season Totals


Current Point Standings: 3
Starts: 1
Poles: 0
Victories: 0
Top 5s: 0
Top 10s: 1
Avg. Start: 15.0
Avg. Finish: 6.0

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