“Be Selfless” – Joey Logano Reveals the ‘Biggest Thing’ He Learned After Winning 2018 NASCAR Cup Title

Published 03/13/2021, 9:00 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 22: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, applies the winner’s decal in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)


Joey Logano is one of the few drivers on the current NASCAR Cup field that can call themselves ‘Cup champions.’ While there are a lot of accolades and celebrations that come with winning the biggest title in the sport, Logano’s title win introduced him to a different aspect altogether.

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Logano and his team members from the No. 2 Penske group went to different locations during their ‘victory tour’. That, Logano says, is when he realized that his performance affects not just him and his pit crew, but everyone associated with making a successful team and those who work behind the scenes.

I realized, ‘Oh my goodness.’ This isn’t about the 20 guys that go on the road with me and won. This is about thousands of people and it affects their livelihood for thousands of families,” the 2018 champion said during a recent interview.

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Feb 28, 2021; Homestead, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) leads Brad Keselowski (2) during the Dixie Vodka 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Joey Logano talks about his ‘eye-opening experience’

He termed it as an ‘eye-opening experience’ for him, stating that it feels like the most important learning experience for him after winning the title.

“Probably the biggest thing I learned after winning the championship was like, I didn’t realize how big it was and how it impacts everybody involved,” the Team Penske star added.

Soon after this year’s Daytona 500, Logano had expressed a sentiment on the same lines. He was part of a massive crash on the final lap with teammate Brad Keselowski and others, and as a result, their cars went up in flames.

Feb 14, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series drivers Brad Keselowski (2), Kyle Busch (18), Joey Logano (22), Brad Keselowski (2) and Austin Cindric (33) wreck during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Logano said that he didn’t know what to say to the employees who would be expecting their bonuses for the hard work ahead of the iconic race.

“The part that makes me cringe is that there are 400 employees at Team Penske, saying, ‘Where’s my Daytona 500 bonus?’ It’s up in a ball of flames in Turn 3 right now. That’s the truth,” Logano further said about the incident.

Mixing selflessness with selfishness as a driver

He maintains that a good race car driver needs to be selfish on the racetrack to be successful in NASCAR. However, for the 30-year-old, it is also important to be selfless when thinking about those that work with him.

“But at some point, you also have to keep the big picture in mind and be selfless. And understand that your actions affect people’s livelihoods in more ways than you understand,” Logano expressed.

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Logano will continue to do his best and earn a maiden Cup win in 2021. After the disappointment of the Daytona 500 and coming close on other occasions too, Logano will confident heading into Sunday’s race in Phoenix, where he lifted that 2018 title.

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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