Joey Logano: Contract extension with Penske “a dream come true”


A superb week for New Hampshire winner Joey Logano continued yesterday with word that he’d signed a multi-year contract extension with Team Penske.

He wouldn’t say how big of a raise he got – “it was good,” he replied today at Dover with a laugh – but we can guess he won’t have any problems paying for Shell gasoline or bottles of Coke.

What we know is that Logano’s put in the effort to earn that extension with a pair of Chase berths since jumping to Penske in 2013, and a break-out campaign this season with four victories (the other three coming at Texas, Richmond, and Bristol).

And what we also know is that Logano’s very happy to seal his future with one of the elite teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

“To be able to extend my relationship with Team Penske is a dream come true,” he said. “The last couple years have been really good. I feel like I’ve found myself a home over there. I feel like this 22 team is awesome.

“It’s a great team to work with, working with [crew chief] Todd [Gordon] and basically everyone at Team Penske, working with [teammate] Brad [Keselowski], I feel like all of that put together has been very successful, so it makes sense to try to prolong that as long as possible and to be able to get this extension done and be able to focus in on the Chase is good.”

It wasn’t that long ago that Logano’s place in NASCAR’s top level was in doubt. His lower-level success in his teenage years brought him into the Sprint Cup Series on a serious wave of hype back in 2009.

But his subsequent four-year run at Joe Gibbs Racing was disappointing in terms of performance, as Logano had to grow up and mature in a sometimes cut-throat sport.

Ultimately, JGR chose to bring on Matt Kenseth from Roush Fenway Racing and cut ties with Logano. But instead of disappearing, Team Penske took a chance on the Connecticut native.

To say that it’s paid off is an understatement of massive proportions.

“A few years back, only a couple of years ago I really didn’t have a job,” Logano said upon reflection. “It was like, ‘Oh boy, what am I gonna do? Am I gonna race the rest of my life? What’s Plan B?’ And all of a sudden I’m sitting in a good position. I’ve got a multi-year deal that I’m gonna be racing for awhile. I’m winning races. We’ve got a lot of top fives.

“If you would have told me all of this was gonna happen a couple years ago I would have said, ‘Yeah, that’s nice. I don’t know if that will happen, but it sounds really good.’ But that hard work is paying off now. You talk about the experience I got from all that and I wouldn’t trade any of that for the world.

“I love that I went through each and every experience that I’ve gone through because that’s what shaped me into who I am and the driver and person that I am now. So I’m proud that I went through all of it. It was hard, but did I think I’d be sitting here a couple of years ago saying what I’m saying right now? Probably not, but I’m gonna enjoy the ride while I can, that’s for sure.”

Supercross: Enzo Lopes will race with ClubMX in 2024

Lopes ClubMX 2024
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Coming off his best Supercross season to date, Enzo Lopes has re-signed with Muc-Off / ClubMX Yamaha and will race for the team in 2024. The deal is for Supercross only.

Enzo Lopes won his heat race in Denver and finished fourth in the Main. – Feld Motor Sports

Lopes debuted in the Supercross series in 2019 on a Suzuki and scored his first top-10 finishes in his last two starts of that season. Showing consistent improvement, he earned six top-10s in eight Main events the following year and finished fifth in the 250 East standings. In 2022, he scored his first top-five at Daytona and finished in the top five in points again.

“I am happy to be returning to ClubMX for another season,” Lopes said in a press release. “It is like family to me there and that is very important. Although I had many options, staying where I am makes the most sense for many reasons. The bikes are great, the people are great, the tracks are amazing, and I am surrounded by people that care about me. We all want to win and together we will get there.”

While he improved his season-best performance by only one position this year, it was nevertheless a breakout season. Lopes barely missed the podium three times in 2023 with fourth-place finishes at San Diego, Seattle, and Denver.

His strong performance him rumored to be speaking with factory teams.

“We could see the growth from Enzo every time he gets on the bike,” said team owner Brandon Haas. “We all knew it was just a matter of time before he would be noticed by everyone, and we are proud of him on many levels. He had some heat race wins and qualified fastest at three events this season. It would be hard not to be noticed going that fast. He had a big decision to make and we are glad he chose to stay with us at ClubMX.”

Lopes had three podium finishes in heat races this year, including a win preceding his fourth-place finish in Denver.

Lopes will join Jeremy Martin, Phil Nicoletti and Garrett Marchbanks, who announced a two-year extension with the team in January, at the ClubMX team.