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It’s Official: Logano To Join Penske Racing In 2013

Posted By Michael J Smith On September 4, 2012 @ 3:59 pm In Cup | 5 Comments

Joey Logano sits in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Home Depot Toyota. [1][Update at bottom of story]

Joey Logano has reached a deal to drive Penske Racing’s No. 22 Sprint Cup Series entry in 2013, according to ESPN.com [2], which is citing an unnamed source.

Logano is being replaced by Matt Kenseth, who will take over driving duties of the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota [3] at Joe Gibbs Racing. Kenseth, who is leaving Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 17 team [4] at season’s end, will be replaced by Nationwide Series defending champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

JGR had hoped to re-sign Logano and keep him in a fourth Cup entry, but that was dependent on sponsorship and it appears that nothing ever materialized.

Sam Hornish has been driving Penske’s No. 22 since AJ Allmendinger was suspended [5] and subsequently released [6] for failing a random drug test [7].

Update: It’s official: Penske Racing has announced [8] that Joey Logano will drive the team’s No. 22 Ford in the Sprint Cup Series in 2013. Logano agreed to a “multi-year” deal with Penske.

Logano said:

I am very excited to join Penske Racing and begin the next phase of my career. I am looking forward to the opportunity as it will be an honor to drive for Roger Penske and race for wins and championships. I am also proud to represent Shell-Pennzoil as they are a respected global brand that does a great job of activating in the sport on and off the track.

Penske Racing President Tim Cindric added:

Joey Logano is a very talented driver who has already achieved a lot of success at a young age. 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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[1] Image: http://lead-lap.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/logano2012a.jpg

[2] ESPN.com: http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/cup/story/_/id/8334322/source-joey-logano-join-penske-racing-2013

[3] take over driving duties of the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota: http://lead-lap.com/2012/08/30/kenseth-to-join-joe-gibbs-racing-in-2013/

[4] leaving Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 17 team: http://lead-lap.com/2012/06/26/kenseth-leaving-rfr-stenhouse-to-cup-in-2013/

[5] suspended: http://lead-lap.com/2012/07/25/allmendinger-suspended-indefinitely-by-nascar/

[6] released: http://lead-lap.com/2012/08/01/penske-racing-releases-allmendinger/

[7] failing a random drug test: http://lead-lap.com/2012/07/10/allmendinger-suspended-for-failing-drug-test/

[8] announced: http://penskeracing.com/news/index.cfm?series=n&cid=51347

[9] Penske Racing Hopes To Name Driver Next Month: http://lead-lap.com/2012/08/14/penske-racing-hopes-to-name-driver-next-month/

[10] Logano Mulling Two Full Time Cup Offers: http://lead-lap.com/2012/08/10/logano-mulling-two-full-time-cup-offers/

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