Joey Logano has a string of youngest driver achievements to his credit, a sign of how dedicated and fast-paced his path to NASCAR has been. Logano was a sought-after driver as a teenager and signed a development contract well before he was NASCAR eligible. He began racing in Quarter Midgets at the age of 7 and has steadily and slowly been working toward NASCAR ever since. Now, Logano drives for one of the elite teams in the sport – Penske Racing – and already has a series of Cup and Nationwide wins to his credit. Though he’s still young, the driver has developed an impressive resume. Take a look at Logano’s top-10 racing career achievements:
Logano may still be relatively new to the Cup series, but his consistent level of performance has already netted him significant rewards. He has Cup winnings in excess of $20.6 million in three full seasons in the series.
In 2005, Logano joined Joe Gibbs Racing as a development driver. That season, he earned his first USAR Hooter’s Pro Cup victory, in just his second career start. At 15, he topped Brian Vickers as the youngest winner in that series. He would go on to win a couple more races there, then continue moving through the ranks until he landed with JGR on the Cup side.
Still progressing, still winning
Logano opened his career competing in Quarter Midgets at 7. He went on to advance through the Bandolero and Legend car competition at Atlanta Motor Speedway, gaining attention with his prowess at each level. In 1999, he became the National Bandoleros Bandits Champion. At 9, he became the youngest to compete in a Legends car and, the following season, he won the championship in those at both Atlanta and Charlotte Motor Speedway. At 12, he won 14 consecutive Legends races at Atlanta and went on to win the Young Lions 2002 National championship and the Pro National championship. He would continue to climb through series on his successful path to NASCAR.
In 2007, Logano won in his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Series West at Phoenix International Raceway. He won again in the East division that season. At the age of 16, he was the youngest winner in the series history – for both.
In 2007, Logano was a rookie racing in the NASCAR Camping World Series West division and the Camping World East division. He won in his debut in both series that spring and continued that hot pace. Logano earned five wins with a record of 10 top-five finishes in just 14 starts. He won the East championship that season.
In his first full season of Cup racing, Logano completed 95.3 percent of all possible laps and earned his first series win. He earned seven top-10 finishes, three of them top fives, to finish the season 20th in the overall standings and earn the top rookie honor.
Logano showed some NASCAR regulars from various series just what he was capable of in the 2007 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway. Logano took over the prestigious event and won it in both 2007 and 2010.
Wins, wins, wins
Logano is in just his fifth full season of NASCAR competition - and first with Penske Racing. He races full time in the Cup series has run a limited schedule in the Nationwide ranks. And he’s earned 20 career victories in the two series. Eighteen of those have come in the Nationwide ranks, where he won nine races in 2012 and where he has at least one win a season in each of the five years he’s attempted at least one race. He now has two wins in the Cup ranks after a stellar performance at Pocono in June of 2012 landed him his second trip to Victory Lane.
Growing up fast
Logano racked up his initial victory in one of NASCAR three major touring series in record pace. Logano wasn’t allowed to compete in one of those series until he turned 18. Then, when he was 18 years and 21 days old – and in his third Nationwide Series race – Logano won at Kentucky Speedway. The win both took some pressure off the heralded rookie and showed the impact his career could have.
Logano was making his 20th career Cup start, and 17th of his first season as a full-time racer, when he and his Joe Gibbs Racing team shocked the field with his victory. Logano was trailing Ryan Newman and delaying his stop as rain threatened around the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Newman finally pitted, Logano remained on the track and the rain came, washing away the rest of the race and landing Logano with his first Cup win. He is the youngest race winner in NASCAR Cup history, earning his first victory at the age of 19 years, 1 month and four days.