“The Main Thing Was Not the Tire” – Joey Logano Talks About Racing in the Rain at COTA

Published 05/29/2021, 8:37 AM EDT
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Christopher Bell (20) leads NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


A couple of months ago, NASCAR decided to test some rain tire compounds at the 0.526-mile Martinsville Speedway. In order to gauge how well they performed on an oval layout, they assessed the tire performance in damp conditions and to speed up the track drying process. Now, the sport has cooked up a new test at the ¾-mile Richmond Raceway. In this scenario, Team Penske driver Joey Logano had the chance to test the tires, and he found the session “productive.” However, the #22 driver acknowledged that the main issue is not the grip of the compound.

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“I think we learned some things. It’s not as simple as we all think it is. Go figure, right?” he said. “Everything is a little more complicated than it looks on the outside, but I think after COTA race the main thing was not the tire. The tire’s got pretty good grip, it’s about the spray, the mist. You can’t see the vision and that’s what we had to fix.”

What else did Joey Logano say?

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Since spray was one of the biggest issues, which was evident at the recently-concluded Cup Series race at the Circuit of the Americas, Logano and several drivers suggested that teams should bring a kind of mud-flap, which will help dispel the water.

Apr 10, 2021; Martinsville, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) leads Joey Logano (22) during the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Ryan Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

“We went out there and learned a lot. The mud flaps kind of adjust the spray, but it doesn’t completely eliminate the spray, so we need to try to figure that out, but I think the biggest things we realized is when we put slick tires on it,” Logano said.

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“Slicks were obviously very slick. The cars were undriveable but there was no spray, so that means it’s coming from the treads on the tires. So, maybe there’s a less aggressive tread pattern that, one, allows us to have grip. We need to have that as well, but maybe can eliminate some of the spray.”

For now, Logano is training his focus on the upcoming race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. He notched up a win in 2015 and will be eager to add a second one under his belt. However, Logano also knows that his rivals will not make things easy for him.

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