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Team Penske's newest driver Joey Logano finishes 8th at Brickyard 400

By Shane Asbury, WFMZ.com Contributor
Published On: Jul 29 2013 09:53:28 AM CDT
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -

Team Penske's newest driver Joey Logano didn't have to arrive in Indianapolis to get a history lesson on his boss's success at the Brickyard.

A visit to the palatial headquarters in Mooresville, North Carolina got him up to speed.

"When you walk in, that's the first thing you see, all the Indy 500 trophies lined-up on the wall. Its cool. You know what Roger's done, you know the history, and you just want to keep the momentum going," Logano said.

All owner Roger Penske has done at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is win fifteen Indy 500's, but he has yet to win a NASCAR race there. It was a part of history that Logano was hoping to change on Sunday.

"I mean, it’s one of the coolest race tracks in the entire world,” said Logano. “It's a track and a race that everyone wants to win. And to get a chance to race there for Roger Penske, knowing the history that he has at Indy, is pretty cool. Now, what would be even better is to win the race for Roger."

Team Penske, however, will go another year before finding NASCAR's victory lane at Indy. At the 20th running of the Brickyard 400, Logano finished a respectable 8th.

His teammate and defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keslelowski slipped back to 21st.

Logano did finish the weekend with a pair of top ten finishes after a third place showing in Saturday's Indiana 250 Nationwide Series race.

Last Sunday, Penske asked Logano to work a little overtime, and drive in the STP 300 Nationwide race at Chicagoland Speedway, on an off weekend for the Sprint Cup drivers. Logano made the most of the opportunity. He won."How do you say no to R.P.? I'm glad I did it."

Since Logano is only 23 years old, you could call it a healthy respect for his elders.

Penske graduated from Lehigh University in 1959. Logano was born 31 years later. You could also just call him precocious.

Logano's team had run into some bad luck in the previous two Sprint Cup races. Flat tires in both dropped Logano from 10th to 19th in the point standings. Instead of giving up, or complaining about his misfortune, Logano saw it as an another opportunity.

"You just have to be the leader. The guys are going to look at you. There is nothing you can do when you have tire issues. But we've been running really well and I think that will continue. You just have to keep the guys pumped up and show it on the track. We've got a long way to go still."

That could also be said for Logano's burgeoning career, and also quite possibly for his relationship with Team Penske.