Joey Logano Joins Penske Racing

Joey Logano

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Joey Logano has found a new team to call home for the 2013 NASCAR season.

The announcement of Logano joining Penske Racing was made Tuesday in a press release by Penske. Logano will be behind the wheel of the No.22 Penske Ford in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

With the latest direction in his NASCAR career, Logano is excited about the move to Penske.

“I am very excited to join Penske Racing and begin the next phase of my career,” said Logano in the release. “I am looking forward to the opportunity as it will be an honor to drive for Roger Penske and race for wins and championships.”

Since his NASCAR debut in 2008, Logano has been with Joe Gibbs Racing. During his time with JGR, Logano has raced in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the Cup Series. In 2009 Logano was moved up to the Cup Series full time when Tony Stewart departed from JGR to Stewart-Haas Racing.

Earlier in the 2012 season, Matt Kenseth announced that he would depart from Roush Fenway Racing at the end of the season. Rumors of Kenseth joining JGR began and left Logano’s future in question.

On Tuesday afternoon, JGR made the official announcement of Kenseth signing on to JGR to drive in the No.20 Toyota Camry in the Cup Series. During the past few months JGR owner Joe Gibbs mentioned that he wanted to keep Logano with the team. JGR had offered Logano a full time Nationwide ride with a part time cup ride due to lack of sponsorship.

The opportunity for Logano to join Penske Racing came after AJ Allmendinger was suspended by NASCAR in July due to a failed substance test. Following the suspension, Penske and Allmendinger parted ways,and Allmendinger went into the NASCAR Road to Recovery program. Since then Sam Hornish Jr. has been behind the wheel of the No.22 Dodge.

Logano will now be part of the Penske Racing line up in the Cup Series with Brad Keselowski.

“Joey Logano is a very talented driver who has already achieved a lot of success at a young age,” said Tim Cindric, President of Penske Racing in the press release. “Joey is a great fit for our organization and we look forward to building on his success as he takes his place behind the wheel of the No.22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford.”

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