Joey Logano mulling two Cup offers
Concord, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Torn between two offers for full-time Sprint Cup rides, Joey Logano is expected to make a decision whether to stay with Joe Gibbs Racing or transfer to a new racing team for next season’s Sprint Cup.
“I’ve got a couple of offers,” the 22-year-old Logano said Wednesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he was promoting fall events. “I’m just trying to decipher what’s the best for me. What’s going to give me the most trophies and win the most races out of?”
Joe Gibbs Racing has offered Logano to stay in its fold while it was rumored that Penske Racing has expressed interest in putting him behind the wheel of their No. 22 car after releasing AJ Allmendinger for failing a drug test.
“I could be fairly close to a decision. I could be a few weeks out. It all depends on the next couple of days, actually,” said Logano, who is in the final year of his contract in the No. 20 Toyota at Gibbs Racing .
Last month, JGR president J.D. Gibbs said that there have been talks about a fourth Cup team with the organization and giving Logano either a full-time Cup ride or a part-time Cup ride and full-time Nationwide team.
“We want him to retire at JGR,” Gibbs said. “We’re trying to figure out how to make all of that work.” Gibbs said the preference is to keep Logano full-time in Cup.
Penske Racing also might be considering adding a third team next year as it moves to Ford. Sam Hornish Jr. has been named Allmendinger’s replacement for the foreseeable future.
“There’s only so many good teams out there,” Logano said when asked about Penske Racing.
But as of now, Logano is not considering a part-time Cup ride, saying he is ready for a full-time stint.
“I wouldn’t put that as an option right now,” he said. “I feel like I’m capable of winning Cup races. I feel like I’m there. Taking a step back would not be best for my career. At the same time, you’ve got to make sure it’s the best opportunity. It’s not worth jumping down a notch to race more races if you’re not going to be competitive.”
Logano is 17th in points, but he remains in contention for one of two wild-card spots in the Chase because of a June victory at Pocono. Kasey Kahne currently has the first wild-card spot with two victories.
Jeff Gordon, who won Sunday’s race at Pocono, has the second spot with a win and the tiebreaker over Ryan Newman for 13th in points.