Joey Logano joins Penske NASCAR Sprint Cup team after losing Joe Gibbs seat to Matt Kenseth

Joey Logano will drive for Penske in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and beyond, the team announced on Tuesday

Joey Logano joins Penske NASCAR Sprint Cup team after losing Joe Gibbs seat to Matt Kenseth

Logano, a two-time winner in Cup and currently in his fourth full season in NASCAR's elite, is losing his current Joe Gibbs Racing seat to 2003 champion Matt Kenseth next season.

He will switch to the #22 Penske entry occupied by Sam Hornish Jr since AJ Allmendinger's indefinite suspension for a failed drugs test.

Logano became the youngest winner in Cup history when he claimed victory at Loudon in his debut season at the age of 19, having already set the record for the youngest Nationwide winner a year earlier at Kentucky.

"I am very excited to join Penske Racing and begin the next phase of my career," said the 2009 rookie of the year. "I am looking forward to the opportunity as it will be an honour to drive for Roger Penske and race for wins and championships."

This year Logano claimed victory from pole at Pocono Raceway in June. That win puts him in contention for a wildcard entry into this year's Chase, although he enters this weekend's Richmond decider needing a win in order to make it into the play-off for the first time.

Since replacing Tony Stewart at JGR for 2009, Logano's best results came in 2010 when despite missing the Chase, he outscored many of the title contenders in the last 10 races of the year, finishing 16th in the standings.

Besides his pair of Cup victories, Logano has won 15 times in Nationwide, finishing almost half the races he has entered in the top five, and claiming 19 pole positions.

"Joey Logano is a very talented driver who has already achieved a lot of success at a young age," said Penske Racing's Tim Cindric.

"Joey is a great fit for our organisation and we look forward to building on his success as he takes his place behind the wheel of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford."

shares
comments
Matt Kenseth to race for Joe Gibbs Racing from 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season
Previous article

Matt Kenseth to race for Joe Gibbs Racing from 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season

Next article

Matt Kenseth insists 2013 Joe Gibbs move won't hurt his NASCAR Sprint Cup title push

Matt Kenseth insists 2013 Joe Gibbs move won't hurt his NASCAR Sprint Cup title push
The ex-F1 driver taking on NASCAR with a new team Plus

The ex-F1 driver taking on NASCAR with a new team

Saddled with uncompetitive Minardi machinery, Tarso Marques didn't manage to score points in his three partial seasons of Formula 1. But now the Brazilian has the chance to show what he can do in NASCAR, and explains the story of his comeback with new Cup Series entrant Team Stange

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2022
The early benefits and challenges of NASCAR's Next Gen car Plus

The early benefits and challenges of NASCAR's Next Gen car

NASCAR’s new stock car generation is encouraging an influx of fresh blood into its top tier. But there are concerns that parts are in short supply as the entire paddock tries to build up stocks at the same time

NASCAR
Feb 22, 2022
How Penske's rookie sensation opened NASCAR's new era in style Plus

How Penske's rookie sensation opened NASCAR's new era in style

After holding his nerve and hip-checking his team-mate on the run to the line, Austin Cindric made a perfect start to life as a full-timer in the NASCAR Cup Series by winning the Daytona 500. Here's how the Penske Ford man emerged first across the line in the first points-scoring race for the much-anticipated Next Generation cars

NASCAR
Feb 21, 2022
Six key themes to follow in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season Plus

Six key themes to follow in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season

There are plenty of uncertainties ahead of the 2022 NASCAR Cup season as an all-new fleet of cars take to the track for the first time. Ahead of this weekend's Daytona 500, our experts explain what you need to know

NASCAR
Feb 17, 2022
How NASCAR had to learn a harsh lesson ahead of its Next Gen arrival Plus

How NASCAR had to learn a harsh lesson ahead of its Next Gen arrival

The NASCAR Cup kicks off with the Daytona 500 this weekend, but a major overhaul and a subsequent mountain of work has been required to be ready for the arrival of the Next Gen cars

NASCAR Cup
Feb 16, 2022
How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory Plus

How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory

From villain to hero, Kyle Larson’s journey to the 2021 NASCAR Cup title comes straight from the Hollywood blockbuster scripts. While Larson had to reach his lifelong goal the hard way and go through a very public shaming after a ban for using a racial slur, his talents shone long before his name grabbed the headlines for both the right and the wrong reasons

NASCAR
Nov 10, 2021
How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022 Plus

How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022

It’s not just Formula 1 that’s set for upheaval in 2022, as the NASCAR Cup Series adopts its Next Gen cars that will cast any in-built advantages aside and require teams to adopt a totally new way of operating. Far more than just a change of machinery, the new cars amount to a shift in NASCAR's core philosophy

NASCAR
Oct 12, 2021
Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR Plus

Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR

Bubba Wallace claimed his maiden NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega on Monday to become the first Black victor in the category since Wendell Scott in 1963. Both Wallace and Scott had faced obstacles and racism in their paths to their breakthrough wins, and NASCAR is trying to put it right with its range of diversity programmes

NASCAR
Oct 5, 2021