Joey Logano says there’s only one way to approach the rest of the Chase for the Sprint Cup and that’s “looking out the windshield.”
In his interview with NASCAR media Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, Logano said he and his Team Penske No. 22 Ford team are more fired up than ever approaching the upcoming races remaining on the 2015 schedule.
There was no yelling, no arguing, they went to work and fixed our race car and we got back out there. Yes, we didn’t gain any points by doing that, but we made an amazing statement
Joey Logano on team's post-crash reaction
Matt Kenseth, then nine laps down, intentionally wrecked Logano while he was leading late in last Sunday’s race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Kenseth has been suspended by NASCAR for the next two races.
Moving past Martinsville
“To be honest, I am not convinced it is a bad thing. Our team is more fired up than ever. I am more focused than ever. I am pumped up about being here at the track today,” Logano said. “What happened last week is what happened last week.
“Is it the way we wanted it to go? No, of course not. Did we get the finish we felt we deserved that day? No, but this team has plenty of confidence coming off three in a row and in position for four. There is plenty of confidence and more drive than there has ever been. I am not convinced this whole thing is a bad thing.”
Logano is faced with the possibility of not advancing to the championship race at Homestead, Fla., and will likely need to win at Texas or Phoenix to ensure a chance to compete for the title.
In the aftermath of last Sunday’s incident, Logano said he’s relied on advice from team owner Roger Penske and others within the organization.
“I am 25 years old and still have a lot to learn right? When you have Roger Penske and Walt Czarnecki (Team Penske executive vice president) as leaders of your race team you listen to them. They have been through every situation that motorsports can present to them,” Logano said.
“Taking their advice is very important in a situation like this. For me, their advice was to look out the windshield. We are not out of this thing and I am not blaming anyone for what happened. We are going to move forward. It could be one heck of a story if we win this thing.”
Logano said what stood out the most was how his team responded to the incident last Sunday.
“There was no yelling, no arguing, they went to work and fixed our race car and we got back out there,” he said. “Yes, we didn’t gain any points by doing that, but we made an amazing statement and I think that is very impressive for a team to do and I feel privileged to be a part of a team like that.”
No. 22 fanbase
Over the past week, Logano said he’s become more aware of the number of race fans that support him and was “disgusted” by the response of some fans in the immediate aftermath of last Sunday’s wreck at Martinsville.
“Instead of listening to the critics and fans that may not like me, I am going to look at the silver lining and know that I have more fans than I ever had before and I appreciate every one of them,” he said.
“They are very good people. I feel like they are not the ones throwing things on the race track. I think they are stand up people and I appreciate having them wearing my t-shirt. That is something I want to have my name involved with, with people like that, and I appreciate having a lot of support on my side.”