NASCAR: Team Penske’s Joey Logano visits Detroit Lions OTA practice

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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.

INDYCAR Paddock Pass: Road America (video)

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On this week’s edition of INDYCAR Paddock Pass, Anders Krohn gets input from Matheus Leist, Robert Wickens, Simon Pagenaud, and more ahead of Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix (12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Among the topics discussed are the rookie seasons for Leist and Wickens, tire wear and setup challeges at Road America, and the championship chase.

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