“You Can’t Go Racing Just Like That” – Joey Logano on COVID-19 Protocols and Vaccinations

Published 08/24/2021, 10:45 AM EDT
LONG POND, PA – JUNE 03: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, walks down pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 3, 2016 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)


Recently, news broke that Corey LaJoie would skip the NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan. This was because he had to follow COVID-19 protocols after exposure to an infected person. Even though he insisted that he was fully fit, he was forced to sit out as a precaution. In light of this, Penske driver Joey Logano opened up on the situation.

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He said, “Corey was exposed, and without having a positive test, you can’t go racing just like that. Even if you test negative, you can’t come back racing. That doesn’t settle well, I know that. It made all the drivers, I’m sure, very nervous after that, it makes you kind of check up what you’re doing.”

Logano revealed that he is changing his schedule in the wake of LaJoie’s troubles. He also confessed that this kind of situation puts many under a lot of pressure.

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What else did Joey Logano say?

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Owing to this, the Team Penske driver went and got himself vaccinated. However, he insisted that the decision lies with the drivers themselves and nobody can force them to do it. The driver is also aware that such a decision not only affects him, but many others around him.

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 even cited his 2014 Cup Series title as the perfect example of this. To be precise, when he won, his entire team were affected in a positive manner, in terms of bonuses, and other perks. However, something like COVID-19 affects many in a negative fashion. If he is forced to pull out, he would be “taking food away from people’s families.”

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For the moment, the #22 driver will be looking ahead to the final regular-season race at Daytona. Beyond that, the battle for the 2021 Cup Series playoffs will begin. At this juncture, none of the drivers can afford to get sick, especially if they are in the playoffs.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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