Joey Logano says he’s made peace with Danica Patrick over Charlotte wreck


Joey Logano spun out Danica Patrick two weekends ago at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but last weekend’s restrictor-plate madness at Talladega Superspeedway was no place to seek payback.

However, the rough-and-tumble Martinsville Speedway – site of this Sunday’s Eliminator Round-opening Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 – can be.

But the Team Penske pilot said during today’s Eliminator Round Media Day activities that he doesn’t expect to have that issue with Patrick.

According to him, the two have made peace with Logano telling her that he should’ve given her more space on the track in Charlotte.

“It was one of those points that we were both being very aggressive,” he said about their incident according to the Associated Press. “She was going to, obviously, try to take the spot and come down across me, and I probably should have gave at that point and I didn’t.

“I told her, really in all honesty, I probably should have backed out in that situation.”

Patrick ended up tagging the Turn 4 wall after being spun out by Logano, and was furious enough to declare over her team radio that she wanted to retaliate.

Her No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing squad gave her permission to do just that before she added that it was “too bad” that taking out Logano would do nothing to ruin his Chase since he had already won the Contender Round opener at Kansas to advance into the Eliminator Round.

Obviously, Logano would rather not have a target on his back as he tries to make next month’s Sprint Cup Championship Race at Homestead-Miami Speedway by scoring another win in these next three events.

But it would seem that attaining such a victory will be his only worry.

“I think we came to a good conclusion of what happened – that’s in the past, that’s in the mirror, and we’ll move forward,” he added.

NTT re-signs as IndyCar title sponsor in multiyear deal starting with the 2024 season

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The IndyCar Series has re-signed NTT as its title sponsor in a multiyear agreement starting in 2024.

NTT, a global information technology and communications company based in Japan, became the series’ title sponsor before the 2019 season after starting as a sponsor of the No. 10 Dallara-Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing.

NTT Data (a subsidiary of parent company Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp.) will remain the official technology partner of IndyCar, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indy 500 and the NASCAR Brickyard weekend.

With the extension, an IndyCar spokesman said NTT would become the second-longest title sponsor in series history. The longest title sponsor was PPG from 1980-97 (under the CART sanction of the Champ Car Series).

NTT replaced Verizon, which was IndyCar’s title sponsor from 2014-18 after IZOD from 2010-13.

“NTT is an excellent partner across our enterprise with strong expertise and a deep commitment to our sport,” Penske Corp. chairman and IndyCar owner Roger Penske said in a release. “From Smart Venue technology at the Racing Capital of the World to the reimagined Series mobile application, NTT is transforming the fan experience in new and innovative ways. We look forward to a bright future together.”

NTT has used artificial intelligence-enabled optical detection technology at IMS to provide information to the track’s operations and security teams, helping improve fan traffic flow and safety, the track said.

“IndyCar is a great partner for NTT Data because of our shared commitment to driving innovation, increasing sustainability and delivering amazing experiences,” NTT Data CEO Kaz Nishihata said in a release. “We also appreciate how IndyCar is so diverse, with drivers from 15 different countries, and races that range from short ovals and superspeedways to road and street courses. It’s both an incredible sport and a wonderful example for our world.”

NTT also has been instrumental in helping redesign the IndyCar app and providing more race and driver data for use in NBC Sports’ broadcasts by utilizing 140 data points from every car in the field.

“NTT is fully invested in the development and growth of our sport and has already established a terrific track record in our industry with problem-solving capabilities and access to top talent and tools,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said.

Said NTT Data Services CEO Bob Pryor: “We’re thrilled to continue our collaborations that enhance and expand the fan experience for motorsports and serve as proof points for data analytics, AI, and other innovative digital technologies. For more than a century, this racing series has pioneered innovations making driving safer for everyone, and by continuing this relationship, we will accelerate the pace of innovations and new technologies, particularly related to sustainability that ultimately can benefit organizations, communities and individuals around the world.”

Starting as a Japanese telephone company, NTT grew into a $100 billion-plus tech services giant with U.S. operations based in Plano, Texas.