Logano Set for New Chapter
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone on December 17, 2012 | 10:22 A.M. EST
Joey Logano will pilot the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion for Penske Racing. (Photo: Getty Images)
After spending his entire NASCAR tenure with Joe Gibbs Racing, Logano made the move to Penske at the end of the 2012 season. He’ll pilot the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion as a teammate to Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Kesleowski and is pumped up about the challenge.
“It’s been pretty cool, for sure,” Logano said about the transition at last week’s 2013 Sprint Cup Series car test at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We’ve been working with each other throughout the off-season and kind of getting a game plan on and what’s gonna happen, but yesterday was the first time we worked together at the race track driving a race car and then sitting down with him and talking about, ‘What do you think about this? What’s your car doing?’ Back and forth, and it’s been really good.
“The lines of communication have been very open between both teams and I’m really excited about that. I think that’s definitely one of the biggest things I like over there right now.”
Keselowski helped recruit Logano to join the Penske operation. Logano believes he’ll learn a lot by being his teammate but also hopes to be able to supply some information and expertise in return.
“He won the championship, so he’s pretty good,” Logano laughed. “He seems to be pretty good. It’s really cool to have a teammate that’s a student of the sport that really studies it and will push me to do things differently.
“I think the coolest thing that Brad is able to do is he’s able to think outside of the box – like way outside the box. I think that’s interesting to me, to see the way his mind works.”
The different thought process that intrigues Logano is beyond the boundaries of the way he’s operated in the past. But it doesn’t mean Logano isn’t open to exploring other ideas or doing things Keselowski’s way if it means better performance.
“I seem to be a little bit different, the things he looks for,” Logano explained. “There are a lot of different things. The way he drives his car is a little bit different than me, too. Taking some of his techniques, I’ve tried them out there and there are pros and cons to everything, but it gives me a few more tools to work with when I’m out there.”
As for the specifics of those tools, Logano would rather keep them close to the vest at this point.
“There are definitely plenty of ways,” he said. “When I say think outside the box I’m thinking just the way he drives his car. I don’t want to let his tricks out in the open, but just the way he looks into a long run differently than I do or I’ve really seen out there before. So it’s kind of interesting to see that part, for sure.”