Logano Looks to Put Exclamation Point on 2005 Season at Lakeland 15-Year-Old Joe Gibbs Racing Development Driver Has Had Eventful Season MOORESVILLE, NC (November 23, 2005) -- Joey Logano has had a season full of headlines. From becoming the...
Logano Looks to Put Exclamation Point on 2005 Season at Lakeland
15-Year-Old Joe Gibbs Racing Development Driver Has Had Eventful Season
MOORESVILLE, NC (November 23, 2005) -- Joey Logano has had a season full of headlines. From becoming the youngest driver in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series to ever win a race to his six top-five finishes in his rookie season to his signing with Joe Gibbs Racing as a development driver and his numerous accolades both on and off the track, Logano has seen unprecedented success in 2005.
But Logano is not going to sit back and reflect from his incredible 2005 season just yet. There's still one more event on the young driver's racing schedule.
This Saturday, the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series schedule concludes with the final Championship Series event, the Four Champions Memorial 300 at the USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Florida. With a second-place finish at Lakeland in September already under his belt, Logano is determined to finish one spot better this weekend to close out his rookie year in victory lane.
"We're really looking forward to going back to Lakeland," said Logano. "We did very well there last time and finished second and I think we've found what we needed to do to win it this time."
Logano's confidence is based both on his runner-up finish in September and a successful recent test at the Lakeland 3/4-mile track in his #51 Joe Gibbs Performance Racing Oil Ford.
"We ran well at Lakeland before and when we went back to test we hit on some things that will make us a lot better I think," said Logano. "I like the track and we did well there last time, but you're only going to get better at a track when you have more laps on it. That's why we decided to go there and test and see what we can do to go after the win this time."
Joey Logano has been able to back up all the excitement that surrounded him going into the 2005 Pro Cup season. After USAR rules kept him out of the driver's seat until his 15th birthday, Joey immediately ran up front in his first Pro Cup event at Jennerstown before bad luck forced him into a disappointing finish. Looking more like a stock car racing veteran than a wide-eyed rookie, Logano was able to bounce back from his lackluster debut in historic fashion the following event at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway.
Logano bested the top drivers in the USAR Pro Cup Northern Division at Mansfield on June 11 to become the youngest winner in the series' history. The win was easily the biggest moment of his racing career, but Logano is focused on closing out 2005 with another win this weekend at Lakeland. To close out the season with a win would be the icing on the cake for such a successful rookie year.
"There's just one thing on our minds going into Lakeland and that's to win," said Logano. "We're pretty much out of the championship hunt at this point, so that's what we've got to do is win. We've got a good car for the race and we learned some things in the test that I think will help us this time. We had a good year but I really want to end it with a win."
Four Champions Memorial Hooters 300 presented by Lance Kelly Designs begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 26th.