Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - According to a report from the Charlotte
Observer on Monday, Joey Logano will join Penske Racing to drive the No. 22
car in the Sprint Cup Series, beginning in 2013.
The report indicated that an official announcement of Logano's signing with
Penske could come as early as Tuesday. Logano is in the final year of his
contract with Joe Gibbs Racing. He has been driving the No. 20 car for JGR in
Sprint Cup as well as competing in several Nationwide Series races for the
JGR has scheduled a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, with the expected
announcement of Matt Kenseth as driver of the No. 20 for next year. Kenseth,
the 2003 champion in NASCAR's premier series, has been driving for Roush
Fenway Racing since his 2000 rookie-of-the-year season. He began this season
by winning his second Daytona 500.
Sam Hornish Jr. has been driving the No. 22 for Penske on an interim basis
since A.J. Allmendinger was placed on suspension by NASCAR the first weekend
in July for violating its substance abuse policy. Allmendinger was later
released from the team after he failed his second drug test and therefore had
his NASCAR suspension status elevated from temporary to indefinite.
While Kenseth has already clinched a spot in this year's Chase for the Sprint
Cup championship, Logano is one of several drivers attempting to qualify for
the 10-race playoffs as a wild card. Logano claimed his second career win in
the series in June at Pocono. He is currently 18th in the point standings.
The regular season concludes on Saturday at Richmond.
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