The Home Depot Team Notes of Interest * Joey Logano will make his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road course start on Sunday at Infineon Raceway. The 19-year-old driver of The Home Depot Toyota drove an old ASA car at the 1.99-mile track...
The Home Depot Team Notes of Interest
* Joey Logano will make his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road course start on Sunday at Infineon Raceway. The 19-year-old driver of The Home Depot Toyota drove an old ASA car at the 1.99-mile track last week in preparation for the Toyota/Save Mart 350. He was coached by road course ace Chris Cook and was accompanied by crew chief Greg Zipadelli. Logano raced in the Camping World West Series race at Infineon in 2007 and will run the race again on Saturday in the No. 11 Home Depot Toyota.
* Logano remains 25th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings following his 25th-place finish at Michigan International Speedway. He is just two points out of 24th and less than 100 points out of 20th heading to Infineon Raceway.
* Welcome aboard The Home Depot Associates from store #178 Riverdale, Ga. The store number will be represented on the No. 20 Toyota this weekend in Sonoma. Riverdale is a suburb south of Atlanta, the home base for The Home Depot and just north of Atlanta Motor Speedway.
* The Home Depot Racing Team and crew chief Zipadelli have 10 starts at Infineon Raceway. The team visited victory lane twice at the road course and has a total of six top-10 finishes. Last season The Home Depot Toyota took the checkered flag in the 10th position after starting 39th.
* Logano continues to lead the Raybestos Rookie standings over Scott Speed and increased his lead to 18 points (168-150) after Michigan. Logano earned rookie of the race honors for the 12th time this season and for the sixth consecutive race last weekend. Last year's top rookie finished 21st in Sonoma.
* The Home Depot Team is taking chassis #234 to the track this weekend for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. This will be the first weekend of competition for this chassis.
"I'm looking forward to Infineon; it will be a steep learning curve because it's a road course though. I've run a NASCAR Camping World West race there and I'm going to run it again on Saturday. It's going to be tough at first just like everywhere else I go, but it might be a little steeper hill this time because it's a road course. I ran an old ASA car out there, and Chris (Cook) said I did well. So we will see."
"We got to go out there last week and run a Late Model ASA car for a couple days -- it was a two-seater and I got to run with him. I got to ride around the race track a lot and watch him when he was out there running. We could sit and talk. It gave us a lot of time just to spend together and gave us a lot of time for him to just learn the race track. Obviously, the car is nothing similar to what we're going to go out there with -- the weight, the horsepower and things are considerably different. It did give him a good two days of shifting, hard braking and just some things to work on like a rhythm. I think we learned a lot, I think he learned a lot. I think we know now where his strong points are and his weak points that we need to work on when we go back. We'll hopefully be able to identify those earlier on Friday rather than doing it on Saturday afternoon or night after all the practice is done."