2015 Races  that AAA / Southern California Auto Club is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
Auto Club Speedway - 3/22, Southern California Auto Club
Kansas - 5/9, AAA
2015 Races  that Pennzoil Platinum is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
Las Vegas - 3/8
one more TBA
2015 Races  that AutoTrader.com is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
Bristol - 4/19
2015 Races  that the red Shell / Pennzoil scheme was run:
Charlotte - 5/24
2015 Races  that 811 is scheduled to be featured on the #22 decklid:
Kentucky - 7/11
Indianapolis - 7/26
Watkins Glen - 8/9
Michigan - 8/16
Martinsville - 11/1
Contract Status: Driver: 2017+; Sponsor: 2017+;
Most Mentioned Sprint Cup Series Drivers: According to data compiled by Joyce Julius, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, & Jimmie Johnson have received the most driver mentions during NASCAR telecasts though the Watkins Glen race this year. The rankings:
Shell Saver Cardholders Can Save When #22 Ford Wins: This past weekend Joey Logano took the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford to victory lane at Bristol Motor Speedway, and now it's current Shell $aver Card customers' time to win! Shell Saver Cardholders can save 22 cents per gallon on all three grades of Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines, and Shell Diesel. Savings apply up to 25 gallons at participating stations and are good for purchases made this upcoming Wednesday, or as we like to call it WINsday, August 26. The season-long WINsday promotion will be applicable after every points race in which Joey Logano takes the checkered flag.(Shell)(8-25-2015)
Logano wins at Bristol: #22-Joey Logano won the IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, 2nd win at Bristol and 11th career win. Logano led 176 of the 500 laps.
#4-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #48-Johnson, #15-Bowyer, #2-Keselowski, #19-Edwards, #18-Busch, #88-Earnhardt Jr. and #31-Newman.
By finishing 8th, #18-Busch stays 29th in the points standings and is 46 points ahead of 31st and remains Chase-eligible.
#4-Harvick continues to be the points leader, now 43 points over #22-Logano.
There were 14 lead changes among 5 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 52 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 96.891 mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-22-2015)
Freightliner and Team Penske extend partnership: Team Penske announced that it has extended its partnership with Freightliner Trucks, the largest division of Daimler Trucks North America and one of the most recognizable and respected names in the trucking industry. A Team Penske partner for over 10 years, Freightliner has announced a five-year extension that will continue to see the team utilize Freightliner Trucks and equipment for all of its NASCAR and IndyCar racing programs.
"Freightliner continues to be one of our strongest partners at Team Penske," said Roger Penske. "We rely on their support and their transportation capabilities in getting our race teams around the country each and every week. We appreciate the continued support of Freightliner as we build on this established partnership. They do a fantastic job marketing our team to their vendors and customers and Team Penske is proud to continue to partner with Freightliner."
While Team Penske transporter drivers will remain behind the wheel of Freightliner trucks for all their transportation needs, Freightliner will continue to maximize Team Penske assets for its marketing programs. Freightliner regularly hosts customers, vendors and distributors at races throughout the year, highlighting the experience with appearances from Team Penske drivers.
"We want to align with the best in the motorsports world and Team Penske certainly sets the standard," said Stacey Premo, Motorsports Marketing Manager for Freightliner Trucks. "During the course of our relationship, our association with Team Penske and their drivers has provided a lot of great experiences for our dealers and customers, and we are excited to continue that partnership."
Freightliner also participates in several other racing initiatives, including the NASCAR Hauler Challenge Game app and the NASCAR Run Smart Hauler Challenge, a timed skills obstacle course challenge for transporter drivers in the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series. The Challenge consists of five events throughout the year with drivers being eliminated at every round. Last season, Team Penske's drivers swept the top two spots, with Greg Sorber, the transporter driver of the No. 22 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, claiming the top honor.
"I've driven a lot of trucks over the years, but the Freightliner Cascadia we have now is one of the best trucks that I've ever seen," said Sorber. "We put between 60,000 to 70,000 miles on these trucks taking our cars from track to track every weekend and that's a lot of wear and tear on them. And rarely do we have an issue. In fact, in the two years I've had the truck I'm driving now, not once have I had to do anything with it other than routine maintenance. I'm definitely excited to continue working with Freightliner for years to come."(Team Penske)(8-20-2015)
NASCAR confiscates splitters from Penske cars UPDATE no penalties: Both Team Penske cars had issues getting through NASCAR technical inspection prior to Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan. Joey Logano's #22 Ford was the first of the two Penske cars to roll through tech, with NASCAR taking issue with the thickness of the front splitter. When Brad Keselowski's #2 car went through tech, it had the same issue. NASCAR required the crews of both cars to remove the original splitters and install new ones before going back through the inspection line. A NASCAR official confiscated both splitters, taking them back to the NASCAR hauler in the garage. #22 crew chief Todd Gordon said NASCAR just did not like what they saw with the splitter, saying it was "no big deal." NASCAR allows teams to smooth out the splitter prior to the race, but issues arise when teams begin manipulating the edges and thickness of the splitter. NASCAR spokesperson Kristi King addressed the issue on Sunday, saying the splitters on both cars were so close in tolerance the sanctioning body asked the team to err on the side of caution and change the splitters. Despite the issue, neither Penske team will lose their starting positions for Sunday's race at Michigan, and if any penalties or fines result from the issue they will likely be announced early next week.(Fox Sports)(8-16-2015)
UPDATE Team Penske drivers #2-Brad Keselowski and #22-Joey Logano will not be penalized for the splitters NASCAR took from the cars before the Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Michigan. NASCAR officials felt the splitters were so close to being non-compliant that they had the Penske teams replace the splitter in order to lessen the likelihood of the splitters being out of compliance following the race. They also impounded the splitters to take a closer look at them this week, and NASCAR determined there were no issues. A splitter affects the amount of front downforce for the car.(ESPN)(8-18-2015)
Shell Saver Cardholders Can Save When #22 Ford Wins: This past weekend Joey Logano took the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford to victory lane at Watkins Glen, and now it's current Shell $aver CardSM customers' time to win! Shell Saver Cardholders can save 22 cents per gallon on all three grades of Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines, and Shell Diesel. Savings apply up to 25 gallons at participating stations and are good for purchases made this upcoming Wednesday, or WINsday, August 12. The season-long WINsday promotion will be applicable after every points race in which Joey Logano takes the checkered flag. For additional information, visit www.shell.us/winsday.(Shell)(8-11-2015)
Logano wins at Watkins Glen: #22-Joey Logano won the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International for his 2nd win of the season, 1st win at Watkins Glen and 10th career win.
#18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #4-Harvick, #20-Kenseth, #41-Busch, #15-Bowyer, #2-Keselowski, #19-Edwards, #9-Hornish, Jr, and #48-Johnson.
Harvick ran out of fuel while leading on the final lap and was passed by Logano and Busch coming to the checkered flag. The only lap Logano led was the final one.
#18-Busch's 2nd place finished moved him up to 30th in the points standings and puts him into the Chase (as long as he can remain in the top 30 through the Richmond race).
Pole sitter #47-Allmendinger was running 6th on lap 50 when the car lost power and he went a lap down. He climbed back to 14th place before running out of gas late in the race and finishing 24th.
#4-Harvick continues to be the points leader now 42 points over #22-Logano.
There were 8 lead changes among 8 drivers. There were 5 cautions for 16 yellow flag laps.
There was a red flag on lap 51 for track cleanup after an accident.
The average speed was 91.420mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(8-9-2015)
Logano dominates Pocono, then runs out of fuel: #22-Joey Logano dominated Sunday's Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway, leading 97 of the 160 laps before running out of fuel while leading with just three laps to go and eventually finishing 20th. With fuel strategy likely to decide the winner of the race, Crew Chief Todd Gordon called Logano to pit road for the final time on lap 123, leaving 37 laps to the finish. Logano would again find his way to the front and pull to a big lead before Gordon ordered Logano to start saving fuel. With many of the front runners saving gas, Logano continued to hold a commanding lead while in fuel conservation mode. However, with just three laps to go and while in the lead, Logano ran out of fuel on the back stretch and coasted to the pits, losing the top spot. Logano then got a speeding penalty while coasting in to get gas, relegating him to 20th as the checkers flew. Logano Quote: "I guess our numbers, from what Todd said, was good enough to make it by a half a lap. I was saving fuel just to cushion it. I thought I was going to be good and then I started running out and knew we weren't going to make it. It was tough. We did everything right today. We had such a fast Shell Pennzoil Ford and got clean air and stayed up there and the pit crew did awesome on pit road and kept me up where I needed to. We keep getting so close to these wins and they don't happen and it is so frustrating. The truth is that is if we keep racing hard and racing to the front we will win races. We were so close. You are counting down the laps in your head thinking you are going to make it but just didn't do it. I am so proud still of what we did today and it was a great weekend and we are happy about the speed we have in our cars and the way we executed, we just have to figure out why we didn't have enough gas."(Team Penske)(8-3-2015)
Penske to be inducted in Automotive Hall of Fame: From buying, restoring and selling old cars as a teenager, Birmingham's Roger Penske has come far along the road of success. Over the past 50 years, Penske has built a motor sports and business empire around the globe, with powerful Indy Car and NASCAR teams representing his motor sports interests while his auto-related, transportation and heavy-duty machinery companies continue to expand worldwide. Thursday night in Detroit, Penske, 78, founder and chairman of Penske Corp., will be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame, located in Dearborn, for his contributions to the global automotive industry. He will be inducted in a ceremony at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center with pioneer test driver and early automobile manufacturer Elwood Haynes (Haynes-Apperson Automobile Co., 1898-1925), former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo and Ratan N. Tata, who returned Jaguar and Range Rover to eminent status and profitability in the United Kingdom. Penske entered a team in the 1969 Indianapolis 500 and won the race with Mark Donohue in 1972. Over the years, the cream of the crop raced at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the man known in racing and business circles as "The Captain." Since his first victory at Indy, Penske has captured 15 more, with Team Penske's Juan Pablo Montoya providing Roger his latest Borg-Warner Trophy in May. In NASCAR, Penske drivers have been at the top since the early '70s, with the likes of Bobby Allison, Rusty Wallace, Jeremy Mayfield, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano winning races at the top level for him. In 2012, Rochester Hills' Keselowski gave Penske his first Sprint Cup championship.(Detroit Free Press)(7-23-2015)
Logano looking to sweep Daytona: #22-Joey Logano is looking to become just the sixth driver to sweep the Daytona 500 and the Daytona July race in the same season. The five drivers to accomplish the feat are Jimmie Johnson (2013), Bobby Allison (1982), LeeRoy Yarborough (1969), Cale Yarborough (1968) and Fireball Roberts (1962).
Keselowski, Logano to appear in newest "Sharknado": A third Sharknado movie is releasing in July on Syfy, and NASCAR drivers #2-Brad Keselowski and #22-Joey Logano will be a part of the film. Keselowski watches a mammoth shark fall from the sky in the trailer, which was released Wednesday. The huge cast also includes David Hasselhoff, Jerry Springer, Michelle Beadle, Max Kellerman, Ryan Kerrigan and Chris Jericho. No one is safe, including Abraham Lincoln.(USA Today)(6-5-2015)
Only Three Birthday winners: Cale Yarborough, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth are the only NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers to ever win a points paying race on their birthday. Yarborough, birthday March 27, in 1977 at North Wilksboro Speedway and a second time in 1983 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch won at Richmond on May 2, 2009, to become only the 2nd driver EVER to win on their birthday, and only the third time ever.
Matt Kenseth won at Las Vegas on March 10, 2012, to become only the 3rd driver EVER to win on their birthday, and only the 4th time ever.
Why Post This? today is #22-Joey Logano's 25th birthday. Logano will start 6th in the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In 112 point races at Charlotte, the winner has come from the 6th spot five times If he wins the race, he will be the fourth driver to win on their birthday for the fifth time.(5-24-2015)
NASCAR issues written warnings to five teams: NASCAR announced Wednesday that #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s team and #22-Joey Logano's team were among five Sprint Cup teams that received written warnings for failing inspection last weekend at Kansas Speedway. NASCAR stated that the teams of Logano, #13-Casey Mears and #27-Paul Menard received written warnings for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice. NASCAR stated that the teams of Earnhardt and #35-Cole Whitt received written warnings for failing pre-race inspection twice. The Sprint Cup Rule Book states in section 188.8.131.52.c that if the same team receives two warnings during two consecutive events - whether a points event or not - then the team faces a P1 penalty that could include one or more of the following: Deduction of practice time, deduction of qualifying time, last choice in selecting pits, delay in order of inspection and/or other penalties. NASCAR has placed an emphasis on teams getting through inspection in a timely fashion this season. Teams were warned last month about formalized penalties for failing to pass inspection. NASCAR also announced that the cars taken from last weekend's Kansas race to the R&D Center for further inspection all passed. Those cars were #48-Jimmie Johnson's, #4-Kevin Harvick's and #20-Matt Kenseth's.(NBC Sports)(5-14-2015)
Three drivers start season with top-ten streaks UPDATES: #78-Martin Truex Jr.'s 7th place finish at Martinsville marked his sixth consecutive top-10 finish. That's the longest top-10 streak to open a season since Greg Biffle scored six top-10s to begin the 2010 campaign (finishing 6th in the standings). Truex isn't the only one though. Points leader #4-Kevin Harvick and #22-Joey Logano also have opened the season with six consecutive top-10s to open the season. The NASCAR record for most top-10 finishes to open a season is 10 set by Lee Petty in 1955 (finished 3rd in the standings) and James Hylton in 1972 (finished 3rd in the standings).(NBC Sports)
UPDATE: the record is actually held by Morgan Shepherd, who opened the 1990 season with 11 consecutive top-10 finishes in the #15 Motorcraft Ford owned by Hall of Famer Bud Moore. Shepherd finished with 16 top-10 finishes in 29 races during the 1990 season, finishing 5th in the Championship.(3-31-2015)
UPDATE 2: #4-Kevin Harvick, #22-Joey Logano, and #78-Martin Truex, Jr. all continued their top-10 streaks Saturday night at Texas. The streaks are the longest in each driver's career.
Logano has 2 previous streaks of 6 races -- Indianapolis to Atlanta in 2013 and Richmond to Charlotte in the fall of 2014.
Truex, Jr's previous streak is 5 races -- Bristol to Kansas in the spring of 2012.
Harvick has now finished in the top-10 in the last 10 races, starting at Texas last November. Previously he had top-10 streaks of 9 races -- Pocono to Kansas in 2008 and Darlington to New Hampshire in 2013.(4-13-2015)
Autotrader colors for Logano at Bristol: Nearly 16 years ago, Autotrader created the online automotive marketplace and began a transformation in the way cars were bought and sold. In the years since, Autotrader has evolved into a digital solutions company offering a suite of tools that make car buying and selling easier for consumers, dealers and manufacturers, and attracts the largest audience of any third-party automotive site. Today the company affirms that progress with the launch of a new logo and brand identity. The new logo will soon be a star on the racetrack, as Autotrader and Team Penske will debut a new paint scheme for Joey Logano's #22 Ford Fusion at the Ford City 500 in Bristol on April 19. The company will also evolve its highly successful advertising campaign featuring TV icons the "Dukes of Hazzard," with refreshed creative featuring the new logo.(Autotrader)(4-4-2015)
811 Logo featured on #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford in five races: The #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion of Joey Logano, will help raise awareness about the importance of safe digging during five races in 2015. Shell Pipeline Company L.P. and the Common Ground Alliance are working with Team Penske on the program, which will highlight 811, the national "Call Before You Dig" hotline, at the races immediately preceding and following National 811 Day on August 11:
July 11 at Kentucky; July 26 at Indy; August 9 at Watkins Glen; August 16 at Michigan; and November 1 at Martinsville.
"We're bringing back this program for a seventh year because it's such an important cause. Every time we display the 811 logo on the decklid of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion in a race the Common Ground Alliance sees an increase in 811 calls," said Greg Smith, President of SPLC. "When somebody starts a digging project without calling 811, they run the risk of damaging pipelines, or knocking out power or gas to an entire neighborhood, for which they can be held financially responsible. It's critical that everyone remember to call before digging, even for small projects like planting trees or shrubs."
"We are proud to continue to support Shell in the longstanding work they do to further awareness of safe digging practices," said Roger Penske. "Just like Joey has a spotter to let him know whether or not it is clear before he makes a move on the track, 811 helps you make sure you are clear to break ground."
For more information about safe digging practices and what you can do to avoid causing injury or damaging infrastructure, visit www.call811.com.(SPLC/Common Ground Alliance), see an image of the scheme on the #22 Team Schemes page.(4-2-2015)
Penske warns teams not to mess with tires: Roger Penske has warned his NASCAR team to stay out of any controversy regarding the possible manipulation of tires used during races. The team owner is aware of rampant industry speculation that some crews are drilling tiny holes in tires to allow air to escape during a race, a process known as "bleeding tires." NASCAR has confiscated tires the last two weeks, including those of Team Penske driver #22-Joey Logano following the race at Phoenix. "It's my understanding that there could be ways to have the tires lose pressure over a stint," Penske said Saturday at the IndyCar Series event at St. Petersburg. Obviously with softer tires, you are going to have better grip and better performance. I've told our guys 'Hey, let's stay out of this.' I can tell you this: we are not making any adjustments to our tires for that type of activity." Penske didn't know what NASCAR was looking for when it took Logano's tires after the March 15 race at Phoenix. He also doesn't know if anyone in the Sprint Cup Series garage is actually bleeding tires. "I can't ever point my finger at anyone else. At the end of the day, guys go fast for different reasons, and someone has an idea that that's going on," Penske said. "I've seen no evidence at this point, at least it hasn't been show to me, to say 'this is happening.' The only finger I'm pointing is at my own guys to make sure we're not involved in anything like that."(Associated Press)(3-29-2014)
Logano participates in seat swap with Cruz Pedregon: Snap-on sponsored NHRA Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon and Snap-on sponsored Team Penske driver #22-Joey Logano swapped racing roles Wednesday when Pedregon got behind the wheel of a Sprint Cup Series car and Logano powered a Cobra Jet during the "Snap-on Seat Swap." The event offered Pedregon the opportunity to "take turns" at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Logano runs down the quarter on the neighboring zMAX Dragway prior to this weekend's NHRA 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte. Pedregon, who comes from a family of drag racers, walked Logano through the car before heading to the pit to fire up the Cobra Jet and go through the steps of making a pass. Pedregon and Logano made several practice runs in a side-by-side Cobra Jet before the Daytona 500 winner took three drag racing runs on his own. The session ended at zMAX with Pedregon, a two-time Funny Car champion, making a solo run before lunch. Logano followed by walking Pedregon through the garage area at Charlotte Motor Speedway, giving him the rundown of a Sprint Cup Series car. Pedregon rode with Logano around the 1.5 mile oval, before making three solo runs.(Team Penske)(3-26-2015)
NASCAR examines tires from Harvick, Logano: NASCAR confirmed it found nothing out of the ordinary with the tires used by Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick in Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. The tires were seized during Sunday's CampingWorld.com 500 in what was described as a "regularly scheduled audit" by NASCAR executive vice president chief racing development officer Steve O'Donnell. "We've done it in the past," O'Donnell told SiriusXM's "The Morning Drive" during a Monday interview. "It's something we check working with Goodyear, making sure the tires supplied are where we want them to be. It's just another area of the car. We don't expect to find anything; it's just something we like to do every once in a while." NASCAR normally examines tires at its R&D Center in Concord, N.C., but those from Logano and Harvick were checked at a remote site with NASCAR haulers on the road in the midst of a three-race swing through Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Phoenix and Auto Club Speedway. The decision to confiscate the tires for examination was made independent of Goodyear and unrelated to durability. The tire supplier occasionally keeps tires for further examination (such as with tire failures on the cars of Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr. last October at Kansas Speedway).(NBC Sports)(3-17-2015)
Team Penske named finalist for Sports Team of the Year: The Sports Business Journal (SBJ) announced that Team Penske has been named a finalist in the Sports Team of the Year category for the eighth annual Sports Business Awards. Team Penske is the only motorsports program to be nominated this year for the prestigious award. Other Team of the Year finalists include: the Charlotte Hornets (NBA), the Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS), the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), the Seattle Seahawks (NFL) and the St. Louis Cardinals (MLB). The winner will be announced on May 20, 2015 at the awards ceremony to be held at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square. Launched in 2008, the Sports Business Awards were established by the Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily to celebrate and recognize the leaders, visionaries and day-to-day practitioners who personify excellence in the business of sports. The 2015 nominees and winners are recognized for excellence and outstanding achievement in sports business for the period spanning March 1, 2014 through February 28, 2015. The 2014 season was a landmark year for Team Penske, as it included unprecedented championships in both the Verizon IndyCar Series with Will Power - the 13th open-wheel title for Team Penske - and the NASCAR XFINITY Series, where the #22 team took home it's second-straight owners' title. In addition, both Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano finished inside the top five in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship standings, with Logano in contention for the title heading into the final race of the season. Across INDYCAR and NASCAR, all six of Team Penske's full-time drivers and cars finished in the top five in series points with 22 wins equating to a winning percentage of 25 percent of the total races run.(Team Penske)(3-17-2015)
Hornish would like to see Penske share more infomration: For the second straight season, Team Penske is leading the charge for Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Joey Logano gave the blue ovals a victory in the season-opening Daytona 500, and a Team Penske car has been the highest finishing Ford in each of the first three races of the year. That fact has not been lost on the other Ford teams in the Sprint Cup garage. Making his full-time return to Sprint Cup this season with Richard Petty Motorsports, #9-Sam Hornish Jr. knows the other Ford teams have work to do to keep up with Roger Penske's two-car operation.
"We know that there is work to be done and the biggest thing is being able to try to figure out how we do everything in the right way," Hornish said Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway. "How do we figure out what the Penske guys are doing that is making them better than us? That is their job: To go out there and beat us, and ours is the same way, as well as the rest of the competition. Obviously we would like to have Ford be one through 10 or whatever the number is, but we have some work to do to catch up to the Penske guys, and that is what we are trying to figure out," he said. "While Ford would like us all to be right up there, they can't go, 'Hey, you guys have to share everything you are doing.' Because it doesn't work that way."
While Hornish understands Team Penske cannot open the doors of information wide to the competition, he believes pointing other Ford teams in the right direction could go a long way toward improving the overall performance of Ford Racing. "They don't have to divulge all the secrets," Hornish said of Penske. "If you show us where the end of the tunnel is, we might get there a little faster than if we are working our way through a maze, but it is a hard thing to do. If we were ahead, we wouldn't want to have to share too much of our stuff, either. I think that is part of the interesting aspect; even though the cars look very similar on the racetrack, there is a lot going on underneath them that is very different."(FoxSports)(3-15-2015)
Last time a Daytona 500 winner won the pole for following race?: Jamie McMurray in 2010, who won the Daytona 500 and then won the pole for the following race at Auto Club Speedway finishing 17th.(3-1-2015)
Asbury Automotive Group Honors the Boy Scouts of America: On Sunday March 1st Preston Chandler, an Eagle Scout, will be celebrating his 16th birthday with his family at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Preston will be featured on the rear deck lid of Joey Logano's #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford. If Logano and the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford make it to Victory Lane this weekend in the Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500, the Asbury Automotive Group will make a $50,00 donation to the Boy Scouts of America.(AMS)(3-1-2015)
Pennzoil Makes Donation to PVA after Joey Logano's Win in Daytona 500: After Joey Logano jump-started his season by winning the Daytona 500 on 2/22 in the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford; Pennzoil commemorated the milestone victory by donating $22,222 to the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). Upon learning about the donation Logano announced he would match the $22,222 contribution to his personal charity. To take the offer to the next level, Pennzoil is incentivizing Logano to bring the #22 to Victory Lane again at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8th. Should he grab the checkered flag again in the #22 Pennzoil Platinum Ford, Pennzoil will add another '2' to the donation figure and donate an additional $222,222 to the PVA.(AMS)(3-1-2015)
Logano on Letterman: See the video clip of #22-Joey Logano, winner of the 2015 Daytona 500, on Late Night with David Letterman from Monday, Feb 23rd at cbs.com.(2-24-2015)
Shell Saver Cardholders Can Save When #22 Ford Fusion Wins: This past weekend Joey Logano took the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion to victory lane at Daytona, and now it's current Shell $aver CardSM customers' time to win! Shell Saver Cardholders can save 22 cents per gallon on all three grades of Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines, and Shell Diesel. Savings apply up to 25 gallons at participating stations and are good for purchases made this upcoming Wednesday, or as we like to call it WINsday, February 25. The season-long WINsday promotion will be applicable after every points race in which Joey Logano takes the checkered flag. For additional information go to shell.us/winsday.(Shell)(2-24-2015)
During the Daytona 500 Champion's Breakfast, DIS President Joie Chitwood III
presents Joey Logano with a steel-and-gold Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch
Logano Gets Champion's Treatment at Daytona 500 Champion's Breakfast: Newly crowned Daytona 500 champion Joey Logano was off-and-running again Monday morning. It started early with the annual Champion's Breakfast in the Bill France Room at Daytona International Speedway, where Logano was presented with the traditional champion's jacket. He also was surprised with a new first-year presentation for Daytona 500 champions: a steel-and-gold Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch. The timepiece will come in handy. Logano has a jam-packed schedule of media activities this week, including appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight and the TODAY show Tuesday, plus a trip to ESPN's studios in Bristol, Conn.
"I didn't sleep much [last night], that's for sure," Logano said. "I didn't go to sleep, really. My mind just kept thinking about the whole race, how it all played out. I just kept reliving the moment over and over again. It's amazing ... the Daytona 500. It's something that's very special. And now, I'm excited about the [media] adventure that's ahead of me."
At Monday morning's breakfast, Logano, crew chief Todd Gordon and car owner Roger Penske spoke with media prior to another tradition being renewed: installing the Daytona 500 winning car - in this instance the yellow-and-red #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford - inside the Speedway Ticket and Tours Building. The car will be part of the Speedway tours program and will be returned to the team at the 2016 Daytona 500, a tradition that began in 1996.
During the Champion's Breakfast, DIS President Joie Chitwood III presented champion's jackets to Logano, Gordon and Penske; the Harley J. Earl Daytona 500 trophy to Penske; and the Cannonball Baker trophy to Gordon. Chitwood and Logano also unveiled the logo for next year's 58th annual Daytona 500.(DIS)(2-23-2015)
Joey Logano wins the Daytona 500: #22-Joey Logano won the DAYTONA 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway in a green-white-checkered finish for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Daytona and his 9h career win. The race win was worth $1,581,453.
#4-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr., #11-Hamlin, #48-Johnson, #13-Mears, #15-Bowyer, #78-Truex Jr., #5-Kahne and #16-Biffle.
Pole winner #24-Gordon dominated early in the race, leading 87 of 200 laps until getting caught up in a wreck on the final lap, finishing 33rd.
There were 27 lead changes among 12 drivers. There were 7 cautions for 26 yellow flag laps with a 7 minute red flag before the green-white-checkered finish.
The average speed was 161.939 mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(2-22-2015)
Harvick confronts Logano for late tap: #4-Kevin Harvick and #22-Joey Logano traded heated words following the Sprint Unlimited after Logano got into the back of Harvick's car with two laps remaining. The two drivers were nose to nose (Harvick still having his helmet on) after they had gotten out of their cars following the 75-lap exhibition event at Daytona International Speedway. At one point, Logano appeared to lunge toward Harvick before they were separated and returned to their cars. "He's just Kevin," Logano said. "He's an instigator, right? It's the same thing he is every other time he talks to someone. It's the same old crap. It just happens all the time. It's no big deal." Harvick was upset because he felt Logano's move was silly. "He thinks he was helping, but you can't just drive somebody straight in the corner into the fence," said Harvick, the 2014 Sprint Cup champion. "He kind of did the same thing to me at Talladega. I told him, 'The karma train is coming after you.' And it bit him right in the [butt]. ... I just didn't appreciate just getting straight drove into the wall." Logano finished sixth; Harvick was 11th.(ESPN)(2-15-2015)
Keselowski, Logano to drive concept car: A group of students from Cedarville University will be getting some national attention at the Detroit Auto Show next week. And they'll be getting some feedback on their urban concept car from a pair of NASCAR stars. The team of eight was invited to the show by Shell, which is moving its annual Eco-Marathon from Houston to the Motor City. Cedarville engineering students have a long history of success at the event, leading to the invitation to participate in the auto show's media days Monday and Tuesday. NASCAR's Brad Keselowski, the 2012 Sprint Cup Champion, and Joey Logano, the 2009 Sprint Cup rookie of the year, are expected to test drive the Cedarville vehicle. The students are hoping the NASCAR drivers will be able to evaluate Urbie's suspension and overall user friendliness as they continue to tweak the vehicle for the best results. The students will also participate in a question and answer session with the drivers, according to the auto show's schedule.(Xenia Gazette)(1-12-2015)
Logano getting married in the off season UPDATE: Next week, #22-Joey Logano and fiancée Brittany Baca will be married in North Carolina, with a trip to Costa Rica on tap for the honeymoon. "We're going to have some fun, but it's only going to be for about a week because I can't handle any longer than that," Logano, 24, said Thursday following the annual Myers Brothers Award luncheon. "She's like, 'Let's go for two weeks.' I said, 'How about five days?' So we kind of met in the middle -- a week. I can't sit still; I've got to go all the time. We'll enjoy it, it's going to be a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to the wedding -- we've got a lot of people going, a lot of people you haven't seen in a while, a lot of people from the race team." The plan, he said, is to "party our butts off." The wedding date is scheduled for Dec. 13, and was decided by Baca for a specific reason. Earlier this year, she told AL.com that the use of sequential numbers, 12/13/14, would make it easy for Logano to recall. "He has a busy enough life," she said. "I don't want to give him anything else to remember."(NASCAR.com)(12-8-2014)
UPDATE: Congrats to Joey Logano on Brittany Baca on their wedding Saturday night. Several pictures are posted on Joey's Twitter feed.(12-14-2014)
Discount Tire renews with Team Penske: Team Penske announced that it has reached a multi-year extension with Discount Tire, the world's largest tire and wheel retailer, to continue as a key marketing partner with the team. Discount Tire will remain a primary sponsor of the #22 Team Penske Ford Mustang for at least 24 races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and serve as an associate sponsor for both the #2 and #22 Ford Fusions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. A long-time NASCAR supporter, Discount Tire established a successful relationship with Team Penske after joining forces for the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. That year, the #22 Discount Tire team earned a series-record 26 top-five finishes en route to the NNS Championship with Brad Keselowski, which gave Roger Penske his first NASCAR title as a team owner. In 2013, Discount Tire and Team Penske continued their success together, earning the NNS Owners' Championship and 12 wins with four different drivers, including Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and AJ Allmendinger. The production continued this season with the #22 Discount Tire Ford team once again claiming the 2014 NNS Owners' Championship with Keselowski, Logano, Blaney, Alex Tagliani and Michael McDowell sharing driving duties.(Team Penske)(11-19-2014)
Rockwell Watches partners with Joey Logano: Rockwell Watches announced it has added #22-Joey Logano to its team of athletes. Rockwell has built its brand identity through sponsorships of premier athletes in extreme sports, and Logano will be the first NASCAR driver amongst their team of athletes. "I'm thrilled to become a part of the Rockwell Team", said Logano. "I've always been a big fan of their watches and they really fit my style. I'm excited to work on designing my own watch with Rockwell, and even more excited to get it on my wrist."(Rockwell Watches PR)(10-11-2014)
Penske extends Logano's contract: Team Penske announced that it has signed multiple-race winner and 2014 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup contender, Joey Logano, to a contract extension. Under the new multi-year agreement, Logano will continue behind the wheel of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the #22 Discount Tire / Hertz Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Team Penske. "Joey Logano has been everything we hoped he would be, both as a driver and as a representative of our organization and for our partners," said Roger Penske. "He continues to put points on the board for us and the continuity and chemistry he has developed within the team has been terrific. We believe he can be a leader and championship-level driver for Team Penske for years to come." Already a seven-year NASCAR veteran, the 24-year-old has proven to be an elite driver. Throughout the course of his career, Logano has produced seven NSCS wins and 21 NNS victories. Since joining Team Penske at the start of the 2013 NASCAR season, Logano has enjoyed the best two-year stretch of his young career, earning five NSCS wins and three NNS victories. "I am fortunate and excited to be a part of Team Penske for the foreseeable future," said Logano, currently ranked second in the Chase standings after his victory last weekend at New Hampshire. "Mr. Penske gives us everything we need to keep our eye on the prize and compete for wins and championships. I think that is clear by the number of wins we have across the board this year. I'm fortunate to represent great companies like Ford, Shell-Pennzoil, AAA, AutoTrader.com, Discount Tire, Hertz and all of the great partners we have here at Team Penske. I think our best years are in front of us for sure."(Team Penske)(9-25-2014)
Team Penske and Snap-On Extend Partnership: Team Penske announced that it has extended its long-time partnership with Snap-on Incorporated. The multi-year extension between the two organizations adds to Team Penske's longest active sponsorship as it celebrates a 33-year bond with Snap-on in 2014. "Team Penske has been proud to call Snap-on a trusted partner for over 33 years and we are happy to announce that we will continue to work together for years to come," said Roger Penske. "Our teams know that they are using the very best with Snap-on tools and equipment and we appreciate all that their reliability, quality and partnership has meant to our success together over the years." Under the terms of the renewed relationship, Snap-on will continue to be featured as an associate sponsor of all Team Penske cars competing in NASCAR and INDYCAR. Snap-on will also serve as a primary sponsor of a Team Penske car in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with the specific races to be announced at a later time.
"We've enjoyed a tremendous relationship with the Penske organization for more than 30 years, driven and strengthened by our shared beliefs in extraordinary customer service, solving critical problems and a respect for the unique challenges of vehicle performance," said Nick Pinchuk, chairman and CEO of Snap-on Incorporated. "Whether in the pits or in the service bay, we feel like we're a part of their team, and we have benefited from working with them over the years. Our customers and franchisees like knowing that Snap-on is connected with a winning organization and we're pleased to continue our partnership."(Team Penske)(8-28-2014)
SKF extends with Team Penske: Team Penske announced that SKF has agreed to a multi-year extension with the team that will expand SKF's technical alliance and continue its associate sponsorship of the team's entries in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and Verizon IndyCar Series. A Team Penske sponsor since the beginning of the 2012 season, SKF will continue to be a featured partner on the #2 Miller Lite Ford and the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford in the Sprint Cup Series, the #22 Discount Tire Ford in the Nationwide Series and the #3 Hitachi Chevrolet in the Verizon IndyCar Series. SKF will also serve as a primary sponsor [on the #12 Fored] for both drivers Juan Pablo Montoya at Michigan in June and Ryan Blaney at Talladega in October in the Sprint Cup Series in 2014 [was the sponsor for Blaney's Cup debut at Kansas in May]. In addition, SKF will expand its technical support to the team as it provides both product and advanced engineering consulting and services. As speeds and downforce levels have continued to rise in racing so have the demands on critical components. Through the relationship with SKF, Team Penske has been able to push the limits of vital driveline components to reduce friction without sacrificing durability.
"SKF has proven to be an important partner of our organization since they first came on board in 2012," said Roger Penske. "That was evident during our Sprint Cup Series championship run in 2012 and again during our transition to Ford Racing in 2013. We were able to maintain the high level of performance that we expect and a big part of that is because of companies like SKF and what they bring to the table. With the improvement in our qualifying performances this season, it only increases the value of our partnership with SKF and expanding our development projects means even more opportunities down the road for Team Penske."
SKF has also been able to establish meaningful relationships with other Team Penske partners that have opened the lines of communication towards generating significant business-to-business opportunities. "The focus on technology, teamwork and business excellence principles is fully aligned between our groups. We share a culture of winning which is why our partnership works so well together, both on the track and in our business-to-business relationships," said SKF Group CEO, Tom Johnstone. "Our expanded Penske technical partnership is part of a greater commitment to providing more in-depth, localized technical support and development to our North American partners."
SKF and Team Penske have over 25 different application and development projects, drawing from all five of SKF's technology competence areas: bearings, seals, lubrication, mechatronics and services.(Team Penske)(6-11-2014)
Hertz and 811 on the #22 at Texas: The Hertz Corporation, one of the worlds' leading car rental and transportation companies, will serve as a co-primary sponsor of the #22 Ford Fusion of Joey Logano this weekend, along with Shell-Pennzoil. Hertz has been a proud supporter of Team Penske and the #22 NASCAR Nationwide Series Mustang since the beginning of 2013. April is National Safe Digging Month, and #22 Shell-Pennzoil / Hertz Ford Fusion driver Joey Logano will run 'Call 811' logos on the car during all three races in April to encourage fans to call 811 before starting outdoor digging projects. As part of the effort, the Common Ground Alliance will give one race fan the chance to watch Joey Logano race at the Quicken Loans 400 at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, AZ on November 9, 2014.(Penske Racing)(4-5-2014)
New sponsor for Joey Logano: AutoTrader.com will join Team Penske in 2014 with sponsorship of the #22 Ford Fusion and driver Joey Logano in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, AutoTrader.com will become a season-long associate sponsor on the #22 team and will also serve as the car's primary sponsor for the July 13 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) with a special AutoTrader.com livery.
AutoTrader.com has established a successful working relationship with Penske Automotive Group (PAG) over the last few years and that partnership has now blossomed to include the Team Penske NASCAR program. Through the relationship, AutoTrader.com will help build its brand with NASCAR fans and integrate Logano and Team Penske into its marketing programs.
"We are thrilled to welcome AutoTrader.com to Team Penske and into our NASCAR racing program," said Roger Penske. "AutoTrader.com is one of the most popular online solutions for buying and selling new and used vehicles. Over the last several years we have developed an outstanding partnership with them through Penske Automotive Group, our automotive dealership business. We believe that this racing relationship will help build additional value for the AutoTrader.com brand."
More than 17 million consumers visit AutoTrader.com each month to research their next vehicle purchase and browse the millions of new and used vehicles listed for sale. AutoTrader.com, the "ultimate automotive marketplace", offers a comprehensive suite of online and mobile tools to help make the car shopping process easier, including Trade-In Marketplace, Private Seller services, vehicle reviews, text alerts, expert advice and more.
"We're pleased to take our relationship with Penske to the next level with this new NASCAR partnership," said John Kovac, senior vice president of Marketing for AutoTrader Group. "This is a very exciting opportunity for us, and we're looking forward to a thrilling season on the track connecting with NASCAR's loyal fans and cheering Joey Logano on to Victory Lane."
AutoTrader.com's branding will be displayed on the rear quarter panel of the #22 Ford driven by Logano this season. Logano, who finished eighth in Sprint Cup Series points in 2013 after making his first Chase and collecting a win and two poles along the way, will also drive the #22 AutoTrader.com Ford Fusion in the July 13 race at NHMS.
"I've already had the chance to meet with the folks from AutoTrader.com and they are really excited about getting involved with Team Penske and we are happy to have them on board," said the now 23-year-old Logano. "It will be great to have them on the car at New Hampshire, a place which is really special to me. It's my home track, where I saw my first Sprint Cup Series race as a kid, where I made my first start in the Cup Series and where I won my first race. So I'm really looking forward to that race in July and trying to get AutoTrader.com into Victory Lane."(Team Penske), see an image of the car on the #22 Team Schemes page.(2-13-2014)
Penske Racing changes to Team Penske: Beginning in 2014, all Penske Racing teams will compete under the "Team Penske" brand. This includes all teams racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, as well as the IndyCar Series. You will notice that the Team's website - TeamPenske.com - and all of its social media and online properties now reflect this transition.(Team Penske)(1-10-2014)
Penske and Shell, Pennzoil Extend Alliance: Penske Corporation and Shell confirmed a multi-year extension [thru at least 2015] of their ongoing alliance in North America. As part of the agreement, Shell and Pennzoil will continue sponsoring Penske Racing entries in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the IZOD IndyCar Series as well as continue to be the preferred supplier of fuels, lubricants and related products to the Penske organization. As part of the agreement, Pennzoil will continue to be the "Official Motor Oil" of Penske Racing. Shell and Pennzoil will continue to be the primary sponsor of the Penske Racing #22 car for 33 races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Proven race-winning driver Joey Logano joins the team this season racing the distinctive Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion beginning in 2013.(Penske Racing)(1-24-2013)
Happy Hour Practice:
Friday, September 4, 2015, 4:30 pm/et
Born in SEPTEMBER
1 Marcos Ambrose, Hilly Rife, Denise Bierschwale
2 Matt Borland, Gene Nead, Corrie Stott, Brian Keselowski, Alli Owens, Bob Margolis
3 Brandon Lee, Pat Frossard, Jerry Pitts, Marc Mitchell, Russell Baxter
4 Chad Blount, Bob Jenkins, Mike Mulhern, Ken Butler, Bobby Wawak
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9 Felix Sabates, Jerry Nadeau, Jeff Hammond, Wayne Hamby, Phil Barkdoll, Joseph Fenning, Kyle Grissom, Kirk George
10 Bobby Hillis, Tommy Gale, Ralph Moody, John Kenny
11 Bill Whittington, Gary Graves, Joy Fair, Joe Lee Johnson, Bob Harris, Ellen Fuscellaro, Butch Zervakis
12 Myrna 'Mom' Adamczyk, Ricky Rudd, Jason Statham, Ken Ragan, Ron Keselowski, Ford Martin, Todd Cable, John Sacco
13 Mike Garvey, Carey Wimbish, Frank Kerr
14 Tony Furr, Dominic Dobson
15 Jimmy Fennig, Wayne Harron, Jim Smith, J.C. Stout, Paulie Harraka
16 Jason Leffler, Doug Taylor, Stan Boyd, Darin Brassfield, Gary Balough
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18 U.S. Air Force , Boris Said III, Damon Lusk, Tom Powers, Tab Boyd, Johnny Mantz
19 Skyler Rae Smith, Keith Barnwell
20 Juan Pablo Montoya, Carl Long, Lance Norick, Cory Kruseman
21 Richard Childress, Randy Pemberton, Angelique Chengelis, Curtis Markham, Larry Carter
22 Leonard Wood, Colin Braun, Anne M. Edwards, Steve Christman, Marc Reno, Chuck Efaw
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29 Chase Montgomery, Stanley Smith, Margaret Carol Waltrip
30 Frank Kerr, Bruce Kirkendall, Jeffrey Baker