Busy Debut For Logano

Joey Logano has a full slate of racing on his plate as DIRECTV Speedweeks kicks off at Daytona International Speedway including the ARCA Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200, the Budweiser Shootout and qualifying for the Daytona 500.

Logano will be making his first career start in the annual Budweiser Shootout on Saturday night, his first career start in the annual season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event and also the young driver's first career start in a Sprint Cup Series superspeedway event.

The race will also mark his debut in the Home Depot No. 20 Toyota.

But before that race, Logano will start Saturday afternoon's ARCA Series opener.

"Daytona is going to be something new for me," said Logano, who will be driving the No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota in the event. "I tested at Daytona a few months ago for the ARCA race and we ran pretty well. The ARCA race is important because I have to learn a lot about the race track itself and more importantly about drafting."

"I don’t really have any experience at it, so to learn what the car is going to do in the draft is so important. I mean I have to learn how to get on and off pit road on a superspeedway and what to expect during a green-flag stops.”

When the checkered flag flies in the ARCA race, Logano will climb into the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing for his first taste of the Budweiser Shootout.

"By the time the ARCA race is over, my goals for the Shootout are a little different," he said. "Obviously the more track time I get the better. But for the Shootout it’s important to earn the respect from the other drivers to prepare for the Daytona 500. We still need to do what we can to run well in The Home Depot Toyota, and that’s where (crew chief Greg Zippadelli) Zippy comes into play."

"My other two teammates will be in the shootout as well, so I’m counting on Kyle (Busch) and Denny (Hamlin) to work with me and that along will be a huge help. You can’t run well at superspeedways on your own. So the first week in Daytona is about gaining experience, learning what the car is going to do and gaining respect of the other Cup drivers.”

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