14-Year-Old Joey Logano Hopes Practice Makes Perfect Youngster Keeping Busy by Testing before He is Old Enough for Pro Cup Debut MOORESVILLE, NC (May 19, 2005) -- Most 14-year-old teenagers in America can't wait until they are old enough to...
14-Year-Old Joey Logano Hopes Practice Makes Perfect
Youngster Keeping Busy by Testing before He is Old Enough for Pro Cup Debut
MOORESVILLE, NC (May 19, 2005) -- Most 14-year-old teenagers in America can't wait until they are old enough to get their learner's permit or driver's license and be able to get behind the wheel of the family car.
Joey Logano is one of those teens. He turns 15 on May 24th, which is an age where most teens can't wait to hit the open road.
But there is something he is even more impatient about than driving on the street and that's being able to enter his first race in a 600-horespower USAR Pro Cup car. Until he can do that, he's adopting the mantra that "practice makes perfect" by testing any racecar he can wherever he can.
"We just finished testing at Concord," said Logano. "We went to Motor Mile Speedway (VA) a couple of times and we've been to Mansfield Motorsports Park (OH). We were at Lake Erie Speedway and got snowed out. It was a couple of weeks ago and it was unbelievable. It was snowing hard and cold, so we weren't about to get on the track.
"Going to a track where I've never been to before helps a lot when we return to race. When you can go back and know the set-up and know the track, it really helps out.
Logano has two different types of racecars available for his learning experiences. In the Logano Motorsports shops, there is a former Roush Racing Nextel Cup car for testing as well as the team's latest creation -- the USAR Pro Cup car in which Logano plans to make his series debut with at Jennerstown Speedway (PA) on May 28th.
"I've been testing mostly with the Pro Cup car because we just finished getting it built. We still have the Cup car, too, and we've been playing around with that."
The reason that Logano is on the sidelines right now is because of his age and not any lack of experience. USAR rules require him to wait until his 15th birthday before he can compete in a race event despite the fact that Logano ran a limited schedule of events on the ASA National Tour last season.
So for the time being, it's all about preparation in the Logano Motorsports camp.
"I'm looking forward to racing something again," said Logano. "We spent all winter getting the cars ready and we will be ready to go racing when we get there for sure."
And there has been no lack of activity at the shop either.
"Even though we haven't been racing much, a lot of things have been happening," said Logano.
This includes an ambitious schedule of testing coming up to prepare Logano for the tracks that he will be racing at in the latter part of 2005.
The laps should help Logano to adapt even quicker to his new surroundings. Last season, he didn't have the luxury of testing, or even much practice, before his ASA races.
"Last year, all of the tracks I went to were for the first time and most of the practices got rained out," said Logano. "We went to one track twice because we ran a Late Model race at Madison and when we were able to do that, things went much better."
In between his race preparations, there still is one thing Logano needs to work on as well.
"I actually have to go to Driver's Ed. now before I can get my Learner's Permit," said Logano. "I'm going to do that in Charlotte. I'm going to start that as soon as possible. It's going to be funny. I hope that I can do alright in that class!"