Logano looking for improvement on The Glen's road course

Joey Logano, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Joey Logano, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

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LOOKING TO CONTINUE ROAD COURSE IMPROVEMENT: When Joey Logano first broke through in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, he was not considered a very good road racer. However, with a few years of road racing in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series, some great mentoring from road race veteran Max Papis and a couple of road race schools, Logano has become quite proficient on NASCAR’s left and right turn circuits. Earlier this season, Logano scored a top-10 finish at Sonoma and has finished in the top-10 in his last three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road course events (both Sonoma and Watkins Glen in 2011, Sonoma in 2012). He also has a road course pole, which came at Sonoma last season while his best NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finish on a road course is fifth, which came last year at The Glen. Logano’s success on the road courses hasn’t only been in the Sprint Cup Series either. He has finished second and third the last two seasons in the Nationwide Series event at Watkins Glen.

A BUSY WEEK BEFORE “THE GLEN”: In addition to spending the day and night at Victory Junction on Tuesday, Logano will also be traveling up and down the road, literally, and flying back and forth across the country this week. Logano will partake in the annual Parade of Power for Charlotte Motor Speedway on Wednesday. The Parade of Power consists of one vehicle from every car that will race at CMS during the late summer/fall and it driven down Bruton Smith Blvd. at high noon from Concord Mills Mall to the front of Speedway’s main entrance. The track will then host a press conference and autograph session with Joey and the other drivers that will be in attendance and invite fans out to take in the festivities. Logano then will fly to San Antonio, TX to take part in a sponsorship dinner before heading back to North Carolina just in time to travel to Watkins Glen.

BACK TO DOUBLE DUTY WEEKEND: In the heart of the season, Logano has been taking some NASCAR Nationwide Series races off to focus on his Sprint Cup Series program. This weekend though, Logano will be back to double duty, driving in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series events at Watkins Glen. Logano notes that the extra race will give him much needed track time on the seven-turn, 2.25-mile road course.

Joey Logano Quotes: “It’s always a lot of fun to go back to the road course races. It gives you a little break from the regular oval events and really lets you work it. I feel like we’ve gotten a lot better over the last few years at the road courses and we are coming off of a top-five finish at Watkins Glen last season. The more I drive these road course events, the better I feel at them and the more comfortable I am. It used to be there were three or four guys who just dominated at these road courses, but really, everyone has gotten so much better and the cars keep getting better I think there are 10-15 guys, if not more, who could go out there and win at a road course. I like to think I’m in that category too.

“It also helps to be back at the track in the Nationwide Series this weekend. Every weekend, the extra track time helps you but maybe even more on these weekends. You don’t drive them exactly the same and your braking points are different, but you can still learn stuff about how to enter a corner different or how to make a pass better in this section when you have more track time. Plus, it just helps polish your skills. So I’m looking forward to Watkins Glen. I don’t think I’d be out of line to say if we have a good handling car and I don’t make any big mistakes on the track that we’ve got a really good shot at winning.”

Source: Joe Gibbs Racing

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