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“I Don’t Want Them Nowhere I Live”: Joey Logano Snubs NASCAR’s Exclusive Netflix Partnership

Published 09/21/2023, 7:01 PM EDT

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The 2022 NASCAR champion Joey Logano has never been one to bite down on his words. From the multiple fiascos with Goodyear to NASCAR’s road course stage break issue, he has voiced his opinions on them all. A face of the sport for many, he has been racing in the top tier of NASCAR since 2009. Starting his career with Joe Gibbs Racing, he now drives for Team Penske with 2 Cup Series championships in his bag.

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Despite getting spun out of this year’s contest after a DNF in Bristol in the first stage of the playoffs, the #22 Ford driver has not let his role in the NASCAR community dampen. Appearing on Sirius XM’s NASCAR radio, he once again voiced his strong take on a crucial matter involving Netflix, the $175-billion streaming giant.

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Joey Logano’s season after he became the champion last year has not been up to the expectations. Struggling with inconsistent performances since the onset of the racing year, he was able to bag just a single P1 finish with his Mustang at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Despite going winless through the rest of the season, he was able to warrant an entry into the round of 16. But once in, he couldn’t last much longer in the competition. Crashing out in Bristol last week, he appeared on SiriusXM, discussing a wide range of topics including the NASCAR-Netflix partnership.

In a pathbreaking announcement, NASCAR announced this year that Netflix would be documenting the 2023 season’s playoffs in order to create a series along the lines of F1’s Drive to Survive. This is not the first time NASCAR has tried to create a show similar to Drive to Survive. Last year, they had given a shot with a show titled Race for the Championship that featured on the USA network. But this time over, the promotion has decided to go follow the trends of its global counterpart, F1. The 5-part docuseries will premier early next year and as per the official press release, it will provide “exclusive access to drivers and teams.”


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To make the production a success, the media crew has been following the drivers and teams around since last month. And it seems that Logano is miffed.

During the discussion on Sirius XM, Logano revealed the discomfort that he faced with it all. Talking about how intrusive he thought Netflix’s crew was, he said, “I don’t want them in my house and nowhere I live. Watch me brush my teeth in the morning, no! You can watch me go to work and we will do a couple of things with the family, that’s fine. But like, there’s gotta be a little bit of limitations here. It just seems a little weird.”

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As was evident in the Drive to Survive episodes, Netflix sometimes puts out conversations and actions that were meant to be private. Being the private person that he is, Logano isn’t very fond of this aspect of the coverage. He said, “We don’t have editing rights. So what they get and what they use is completely up to them. And so, watch what you say, watch what you do. Because they can use it. And they can edit in a way that makes you look completely different.”


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Claiming that it wasn’t his own words that he was concerned about, but rather the way in which they might be portrayed, he said that the possibilities of the shoot’s outcome made him very nervous. With filming already underway, the 45-minute-long episodes will drop early in January, as promised. So, the champion will not have to wait long to find out how good or bad a job Netflix has done.

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Written by:

Gowtham Ramalingam


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Gowtham Ramalingam is a NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. His love for motorsports stems from his fascination with Formula 1. Possessing an obsession for anything with an engine, the roads eventually led him to the raw grounds of NASCAR and he has been an avid fan of the sport ever since.
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Nischal Kandpal