There has been conflicting information about Joey Logano's future with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). The driver allegedly has several offers from teams, and Joe Gibbs has mentioned he is still interested in keeping him for the 2013 NASCAR season. However, Penske Racing has been linked to Logano in several reports while Joe Gibbs Racing is rumored to want Matt Kenseth to take over the No. 20 car. I think Logano's comments indicate that he is considering a potential offer from Penske.
Joe Gibbs Discusses Joey Logano
Joe Gibbs has admitted that the team is still interested in keeping Joey Logano and has made him an offer. However, he used the phrase "up in the air" multiple times to explain the situation in an interview with ESPN. This means that Logano's spot is not guaranteed for the 2013 season with the team. Joey Logano has won one Sprint Cup race this season and finished in 31st position at the Pure Michigan 400 on Aug. 19.
The Possibility of Adding Matt Kenseth to the Team
The possibility of adding Matt Kenseth to Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2013 season still exists. Gibbs has refused to provide details, but Kenseth's departure from Roush Fenway Racing has led to multiple reports about the potential move to the No. 20 car. Matt Kenseth has not officially signed with another team for the next season, and Joey Logano has mentioned that he is seriously considering an offer from Penske.
Joe Gibbs Racing Wants a Fourth Team
Joe Gibbs' comments seem to indicate that he would prefer to have both Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano in 2013. However, sponsorship for a fourth team has not materialized at this point. I think it is highly unlikely for fans to see Gibbs sponsor a fourth team without outside help. In addition, Logano has allegedly received an offer from Penske Racing to take over the No. 22 car. He has been rumored to be one of the main replacements that Roger Penske is considering. If a fourth team is not created for 2013 and Matt Kenseth is signed by Gibbs, then it is possible that Joey Logano could end up with a shortened Sprint Cup schedule by remaining with JGR.
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