While he tries to avoid them on the track, hard hits can be an occupational hazard for Team Penske’s Joey Logano. Ditto for anybody that plays in the National Football League.
But the difference is that Logano is at least inside a 3,400-pound motorized cocoon of metal. NFL players don’t have that luxury.
“We may look crazy going 200 miles an hour and thinking that, but I’d much rather hit a wall at 200 than have a 300-pound linebacker coming at me,” Logano told DetroitLions.com while paying a visit to the Lions’ OTA (Organized Team Activity) practice this afternoon.
The visit was part of Logano’s promotion of the upcoming Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, which is the next stop after this weekend’s Pocono 400 at Pocono (Penn.) Raceway.
While there, Logano got to spend time with Lions head coach Jim Caldwell and several of the team’s stars, including quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, and running back/racing fan Reggie Bush.
Bush, who recently took in Formula One’s Monaco Grand Prix, has a deep respect for what Logano and other drivers do.
“It’s a completely different sport from what we do, but it’s not easy by any means,” he said to the Lions’ website. “They’re driving 200 miles an hour plus, and that’s pretty scary when you think about it. A car crash can be life threatening for those guys. The margin for error is probably very slim.”
Following the visit, Logano tweeted Bush with an offer to take him for a few spins around the two-mile MIS oval.
On Monday, the Formula 1 schedule finally allowed teams to be in Europe before heading to Abu Dhabi for this weekend’s season finale.
And as such, that provided a window for now four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to return to the Mercedes AMG Petronas factories in Brackley and Brixworth to be celebrated for taking the driver’s title, as Hamilton an Valtteri Bottas delivered Mercedes its fourth straight constructor’s title.
Hamilton was at Brixworth, the home of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and its highly successful Mercedes-Benz Power Units first before heading to Brackley, where he was welcomed with a “guard of honor” as the entire team came out to greet him.
The champion was overwhelmed at the response and the welcome.
“This a very emotional day. I was not expecting this, thanks everyone for the warm welcome,” he said. “Today is something that I will never forget, turning up at the front gate of the factory and seeing everyone out on the street to welcome me – I’m blown away.
“This has been an incredible year, it’s been an incredible journey together. There’s a huge amount of respect and appreciation I have for everyone. I’ve been in the sport for a long time now, but to see the work ethic in Brixworth and Brackley really inspires me. Every time I come around, I see everyone operating at 100%, which encourages me to bring my best performance.
“Thank you all for helping me achieve my dreams, it would not have been possible without you. This is the best championship year, because we’ve been fighting another team and because we’ve had the difficulties and challenges we’ve had – that just makes it so much greater.”
A social roundup of images and videos are below, all via Hamilton and the Mercedes team on social media.