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Joey Logano re-signs with Team Penske for 5 years

Gregg Krupa
The Detroit News

Joey Logano will continue driving with Roger Penske’s NASCAR team for at least another five years, Team Penske announced Friday, two days before the Daytona 500.

“We are so proud of the driver Joey has become since joining our team in 2013 and all the success he has been a part of on the No. 22 team,” Penske said.

“But more importantly, we are proud of the man that Joey has become.  He has evolved into an effective leader both on and off the track.”

Logano, 26, is the 2015 Daytona 500 champion, and winner of another 16 races in the top NASCAR series, now sponsored by Monster Energy.

His teammate is Brad Keselowski of Rochester Hills.

Both drivers are considered among the favorites to win the 2017 Daytona 500 (2 p.m. Sunday, NBC).

Joey Logano

Josef Newgarden geared up for Belle Isle Grand Prix

Since joining Team Penske in 2013, Logano won 15 times in the top series and nine Xfinity Series races.

He also has led Team Penske to three owners’ titles in the Xfinity Series.

“I’ve known my entire life I wanted to be a NASCAR Cup Series driver,” Logano said.

“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.

“To know that our executives, our sponsors, my team and all of the employees at Team Penske have that much faith in me means so much and that type of commitment really says a lot about this team and this organization.”

Logan, of Middletown, Connecticut, finished in the top 10 in the Cup Series championship standings each season, and in the final four in two of the last three.

His second place in the championship last season was a career best.

Last weekend, Logano the season-opening Clash event at Daytona.

“This has been a great chapter of my life since joining Team Penske in 2013,” he said. “It was really a second chance for my career.

“Since then, we’ve experienced a lot of success and a lot of great life moments, both on and off the track. Now, we have to go out there and continue to perform on the track.

“With Team Penske, Shell-Pennzoil, Autotrader, AAA, Ford and all of our partners showing their belief in me, I want to go out and show what I can do for them. I’ve worked really hard to get here. Now I need to embrace this commitment and take advantage of this awesome opportunity.”

NASCAR will run, again, on two weekends this season at Michigan International Speedway:

*June 17, XFINITY Series, Menards 250 presented by Valvoline.

*June 18, Sprint Cup Series, FireKeepers Casino 400 is on Father’s Day.

*August 13, Sprint Cup Series, Pure Michigan 400.