DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — By the time Joey Logano signs his next NASCAR contract, ads for the 2024 presidential campaign will be polluting our televisions.
Friday at Daytona, Logano and Team Penske announced a contract extension for the driver that will keep him with the team through “2022 and beyond.” Shell-Pennzoil, Logano’s current sponsor, will also remain with the No. 22 team through that time period.
“I’ve known my entire life I wanted to be a NASCAR Cup Series driver,” Logano said in a statement. “Now, to be able to know that I get the opportunity to drive for Roger Penske for the foreseeable future where I can focus solely on winning races and championships, is a life-long dream for me.”
The contract means Logano now has one of the longest contracts in the Cup Series garage. And, perhaps staggeringly to some, it’s only through his age-33 season counting the 2023 season as the “beyond” in the announcement. That means Logano likely has at least one or two long-term extensions left in his driving career.
For perspective, Logano’s Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski, turned 33 in February. In 2016, eight of the 16 drivers in the Chase were older than 33.
After a rocky start to his career at Joe Gibbs Racing, the highly touted driver has flourished at Team Penske. After winning two races in four full seasons at Gibbs, Logano has 15 wins over the past four seasons at Penske including the 2015 Daytona 500. Only Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick have more in that timespan.
Logano has also made the final round of NASCAR’s playoff system twice in the three years of the current elimination format’s existence. While he’s gone 0-2 in those attempts, it stands to reason he’ll win a championship sooner rather than later.
The news of Logano’s contract extension comes a day after Hamlin and longtime sponsor FedEx announced a dual contract extension. Hamlin, the 2016 Daytona 500 winner, has finished in the top 10 of the standings in each of the past three years.
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