Joseph " Joey " Logano (born 24 May 1990 in Middletown, Connecticut ) is an American NASCAR driver. He drives the Toyota with the # 20 in the Sprint Cup and in the Nationwide Series at NASCAR team, Joe Gibbs Racing, which is based in Huntersville, North Carolina. In the 2007 season he won for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Camping World East Series championship. He is regarded as one of the biggest young talents in American motorsports. In the 2009 season, Logano won the best newcomer of the Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year Award.
Joey Logano started his racing career at the age of seven years in small vehicles that are similar to a go-karting and hot " Quarter Midget ". He also drove for many years in various " stock car " models and spent several years trying to " Late Model " Championships on paved ovals participate.
In 2005, he drove a race in the FASCar Pro Truck Series, an oval - racing series. He started the race from first place and came in second place to the finish. In the same year he was also active in the USAR Hooters PROCUP Series, where he drove seven races in the Northern Division, two races in the Southern Division and five races in the Championship Series. He won it again in the Northern Division. In the 2006 season he remained in the USAR Hooters PROCUP Series, winning twice at South Georgia Motorsports Park. In addition, he was the best driver of GM Racing Development Driver Evaluation program, which earned him a place at Joe Gibbs Racing.
In the 2007 season, Logano was active for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Busch East Series. He won five races in the season. Among other things, the race at the Iowa Speedway, the Featherlite Coaches 200, where the Sprint Cup driver Kevin Harvick ran as a guest driver. Kevin Harvick finished the race in second place. Joey Logano won the championship and was the youngest NASCAR Busch East Series champion of all time.
He won the Toyota All-Star Showdown, which took place at the Irwindale Speedway from 19 to 20 October 2007. The Toyota All-Star Showdown is a race for the best drivers in the lower NASCAR racing classes and thus for young drivers the best opportunity to prove their talent. On 4 May 2008, he won his debut race in the ARCA Racing Series, the Carolina 500 at Rockingham Speedway.
His debut in the Nationwide Series, he celebrated on May 31 in the 2008 season at the Heluva Good! 200 at Dover International Speedway in the # 20 Joe Gibbs Racing after he had met a few days before his 18th birthday with the conditions to be part of the national series of NASCAR. After he had gone into the race from ninth place, he finished it in sixth place. Already in his second race, he secured the Federated Auto Parts 300 at the Nashville Superspeedway pole position.
At 18 years and 21 days, he took his first win in his third Nationwide Series races. In New England, he was known as before the season starts replaced by Tony Stewart. Further, he did not drive the race in Daytona and Chicagoland. On June 21, he started at the Milwaukee Mile at the Camping World RV Rental 250 and was runner-up, as well as on 19 July at the Gateway International Raceway in the Missouri - Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 total, he scored in the 19 races in which he was launched, in addition to a victory also 14 top 10 finishes and three pole positions and finished the season in 20th place in the championship.
In the 2009 season he goes for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series at the start. In the sixth race of the season, the Nashville 300 on the Nashville Superspeedway, he celebrated the first victory of the season. In a further victory was at the Meijer 300 at the Kentucky Speedway on June 13. In mid-season after 16 of 35 races he was fifth in the championship and had achieved up to that point eight placements within the top 5, including two second and third places, and three pole positions.
His Sprint Cup debut should give the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 of the 2008 season at Richmond International Raceway in the # 02 Joe Gibbs Racing Logano originally. Due to poor weather conditions foothills of Hurricane Hanna, qualifying was canceled and the starting grid was determined by the Owner Points, which Logano was not qualified for the race.
He then completed two races in the # 96 for Hall of Fame Racing in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the Camping World RV 400 at Kansas Speedway. Towards the end of the season he was able to qualify the # 02 for Joe Gibbs Racing for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and accordingly took part in the race. As he participated in this season only three races, he retained for the 2009 season, the rookie status and the possibility of winning the NASCAR Rookie of the Year Award.
Since the 2009 season, he drives the # 20 Joe Gibbs Racing, which he took over from Tony Stewart, who has been the change of season in his own team, Stewart -Hass Racing, driving. Since the team had placed at the end of the 2008 season in the top - 35 of the Owner's Points, Logano had the advantage of being automatically qualified for the first six races of the season regardless of the outcome of qualifying. The season started with the 43rd and last place in the Daytona 500, when he retired after 79 laps after an accident. In addition to a 13th place at the third race of the season, the Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Logano scored in the first eight races exclusively placements outside of the top 20th His first top-10 result, he scored the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway with a ninth place. Since that time Logano scored, with few exceptions rankings within the top 20th In the 17th race of the season, the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, he took his first win in the Sprint Cup. He is 19 years, 1 month and 4 days, the youngest rider to ever win a race in the series. As the best newbie to Logano secured the Rookie of the Year Award. He finished the season in 20th place overall.