Team Penske
Joey Logano - NASCAR Cup Series

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Birth Date:May, 24, 1990 Height:6'1" Primary SponsorShell-Pennzoil, AAA, AutoTrader (NSCS)
Discount Tire, Hertz, Snap-on (NXS)
Birth Place:Middletown, CT Weight:140 lbs Car:Ford Fusion (NSCS)
Ford Mustang (NXS)
Residence:Huntersville, NC   Crew ChiefTodd Gordon (NSCS), Greg Erwin (NXS)
twitter: @joeylogano

Biography

In 2014, after six previous seasons competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Joey Logano went from tough competitor and occasional winner to legitimate championship contender and a weekly front runner that other teams had to deal with and account for. The landmark year left the 24-year-old Logano wishing the 2015 season would begin as soon as possible, in hopes of carrying the momentum that nearly saw the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil/AAA/Autotrader.com Ford Fusion claim the Championship for Team Penske.

As last season began, Logano and crew chief Todd Gordon set out on building on a productive 2013 campaign and that success came early. Logano won his first race of 2014 just seven races into the season when he passed Jeff Gordon during an exciting green-white-checkered flag finish at Texas Motor Speedway. Then, just two weeks later, Logano won again, marking the first time in his career that he'd won multiple races in the same season and virtually locking himself into the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup. The winning wasn't over, however, as Logano picked up another victory in the night race at Bristol Motor Speedway, giving him three race wins entering the Chase and the role of a dark horse favorite to win the title.

As the new elimination format of the Chase began, Logano reeled off two victories and five-straight top-five finishes, the first time in the history of the Chase that one driver has started with five consecutive top fives. Logano advanced through each of the first three rounds of the Chase, putting the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford in position to be one of four teams with a chance to win the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. And though Logano raced up front through much of the championship event, a late-race pit stop issue cost the team track position and Logano had to settle for a fourth-place finish in the final championship standings.

Despite the heartbreak in Homestead, Logano finished the year with career best production across the board, including five wins, 16 top-five finishes, 22 top-10 results, 993 laps led and the best average start (9.8) and average finish (11.3) numbers of his career.

For all his success in the Sprint Cup Series, Logano was not able to produce a win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) for the first time in his career. However, despite the end of his personal series winning streak, Logano's NXS season was still a success, as he earned three poles, eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes in just 10 starts behind the wheel of the No. 22 Discount Tire/Hertz Ford Mustang. His finishes, added to those of his teammates, helped the No. 22 team win its second-consecutive Xfinity Series Owners' Championship. And for Logano, it was the fourth Owners' Championship of his NASCAR career (2008, 2012, 2013, 2014).

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 Xfinity Series events that season and earned one win, three poles and 14 top-10 finishes.

Logano made his NASCAR Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Xfinity 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 21 wins, 26 poles (which ranks fifth on the all-time list), 69 top-five and 107 top-10 finishes in just 135 career starts.

After joining Team Penske after 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 Sprint Cup Series point standings after qualifying for his first-ever Chase or the Sprint Cup, 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.

Logano looks to continue to be a force on the track after his breakout 2014 season and he will carry a lot of momentum and confidence into 2015 as the key components are in place to take the next step this season. Gordon returns as crew chief and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil/AAA/Autotrader.com Ford Fusion team remains mostly the same entering 2015. Logano will also look to break back into the win column in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, as he will once again compete in a limited schedule in the No. 22 Discount Tire/Hertz Ford Mustang with the team trying for its third straight series Owners' title.

Off the track, 2014 also marked a milestone for Logano as he married his long-time girlfriend, Brittany Baca, in December in Ashville, NC. The pair spent their honeymoon in Costa Rica before returning to North Carolina to prepare for the 2015 season.

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