Team owner Roger Penske talks about how special it is to win his second DAYTONA 500.
Team Penske ship coasting smoothly with pair of symbiotic drivers Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Related: Keselowski announces big baby news For Team Penske , an organization that combined to rake in 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins with a two-car effort last season, the logical focus for 2015 is continuity, or -- in more plain-spoken terms -- not fixing what isn't broken. But that objective extends beyond mechanical aspects and manpower; it's also about relationships. The core of chemistry between full-time drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano remains a touchstone for Team Penske as it tries to forge another deep run in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. Keselowski enters his sixth full season with team owner Roger Penske , eager to qualify for the championship round after 2014's near-miss. It's a place that Logano, set for his third year at Penske , knows well after his first experience racing for the title in the Homestead-Miami Speedway finale last season. While Penske saw the competitive nature of both drivers manifest itself in hard-nosed racing, Keselowski's six victories and Logano's five, he also saw a mutual reliance that benefited the team from within. "I would say when you look at where the sport is today and how competitive it is, when you see guys that can race side-by-side, almost like brothers, and have that success is amazing," Penske said during last week's Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour. "They worked off each other's notebooks, they looked at the data and quite honestly, spent time off the race track together, and I think they had high trust with each other. You saw that on the race track, and to me, that was a big piece of the success." The camaraderie between teammates, especially outside the race-track cocoon, hasn't always been a constant on Penske's driver roster. The current two-driver balance, however, seems to work -- so much so that Keselowski was hesitant to pull back the curtain with details on his bond with Logano, out of fear that the resultant competitive edge might be lost. Like any relationship, the pairing isn't always cream and sugar, Keselowski said, but any hiccups in their communication have been minimal. "Our teammate relationship has been phenomenal. Certainly, it's had some highs and lows -- sometimes one week apart -- but I couldn't be happier," Keselowski said with a laugh. "He's done a great job for the program, and he's really taken us from having one car that's performed and the second one that hasn't, to having two consistent threats at Team Penske , and that's a huge accomplishment for him and something we're glad to have." For Logano, one of the biggest perks to joining the Penske fold in 2013 has been his exposure to fresh ideas. Working with Keselowski has produced some unorthodox lines of thinking, but it's a path that's helped Logano and the rest of the team expand its minds. "Brad's helped me a lot, kind of thinking outside the box," Logano said. "He's a little bit out there and he comes up with these different ideas that are like, 'Why even think that way?' That's so different, and I love having that there at Team Penske . He's thinking of something different than I'm thinking about, and I think that's good. That pushes me to think that way. I think that's one of the biggest things I've taken from him." MORE: Keselowski unapologetic for aggressive driving style The rate at which Team Penske collected checkered flags in 2014, coupled with last year's heartache at seeing championship goals fizzle, has redoubled the teammates' appetite for more prosperity this season. But so has the knowledge that the team's makeup will largely remain unchanged over the offseason. If Team Penske can cash in on its continuity early with a season-opening victory in the Daytona 500 (Feb. 22, 1 p.m. ET, FOX), Keselowski said it could serve as a springboard to an even bigger surge. "We have a tremendous amount of anticipation," Keselowski said. "We're returning all of our key people -- in fact, we've added some more people -- to be even better, so I see our team only growing. I look at Daytona with probably the most anticipation I've ever had, coming off a win (last fall) at Talladega, a very similar track, and I know our program has only gotten better. I want to win the Daytona 500 out of the gate, and I think we have the team to do it." MORE: Season preview: Joey Logano FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Coming off an 11 win season in 2014, Team Penske looks to continue their success in 2015 by focusing on the team aspect rather than each individual race car.
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Drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano both point to the continuity between themselves and their teams as a factor in the success of Team Penske
Primary sponsor to continue as key partner for team Team Penske has reached a multiyear extension with Discount Tire, which will remain a primary sponsor for the team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and serve as an associate sponsor for both the Nos. 2 and 22 Ford Fusions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series . The terms of the deal were not disclosed. "We are happy to be extending our relationship with Team Penske into 2015 and beyond," said Michael Zuieback, president of Discount Tire. "They've been a loyal ambassador of the Discount Tire brand since we began our relationship with them in 2010." In 2014, Team Penske earned its second consecutive Nationwide Series Owners' Championship with Discount Tire on board. In 2013, the No. 22 team compiled 12 Nationwide Series wins with four different drivers: Brad Keselowski , Joey Logano , Ryan Blaney and AJ Allmendinger . In 2010, it won the Nationwide Series championship with Keselowski. "The on-track success that we have shared with Discount Tire has been remarkable over the last few years," team owner Roger Penske said. "Discount Tire has been an important part of our championship runs as a key sponsor of the No. 22 team in 2014 as well as our other title-winning seasons in 2010 and 2013." The 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series season will begin on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Daytona International Speedway . MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Daytona 500 winner kicks off busy day with champion's breakfast Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live RELATED: Logano wins Daytona 500 " Drivers react to Logano's victory DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- He looked no worse for wear and tear, this year's Daytona 500 winner, as he arrived for the celebratory champion's breakfast at Daytona International Speedway. Joey Logano is no party animal. But he's a racer through and through, as Sunday's victory in the 57th running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-opener proved. "I didn't sleep much, that's for sure," the 24-year-old Team Penske driver said of his late-night revelry. "We had a good time. "I shut off the TV but my mind just kept thinking about the whole race and how it all played out and I just kept reliving the moment over and over again. It is amazing. It is the Daytona 500." The victory was Logano's ninth overall in the series, and his seventh since joining Team Penske at the beginning of 2013. The breakfast was just the beginning of a busy two days for the champ. Satellite media tour tasks and various call-in duties were to follow Monday morning's fete. Later, appearances on the "Late Show with David Letterman" and Joy Mohr Sports are on the schedule. And that's just Monday's calendar. For team owner Roger Penske , his Sprint Cup Series house is in order. Teammate Brad Keselowski, the 2012 series champion, suffered a rare engine failure 161 laps into Sunday's race, but the expectation is that the No. 2 team will bounce back quickly. RELATED: Blown engine ends Keselowski's day Penske has put some of the series' top drivers in his seats through the years, but rarely has the talent run so deep throughout. There was a time when teams within multi-car organizations operated independently of one another -- and for some that system still exists. It wasn't until Penske merged his Sprint Cup and IndyCar operations that a change in the group's culture began to take place. With it came success. "The sport was about crew chiefs having their own car over in the corner," Penske said, "and we decided to build the cars exactly the same. We have a process. The only time you know what your car is is when they paint it. … "It is a seven-iron, a seven-iron and a seven-iron. The way you hold it might be different … the way Todd (Gordon, Logano's crew chief) or Paul Wolfe (Keselowski's crew chief) will set that car up will make a difference." But at the track, he said, "we see a car that is consistent." Logano and Keselowski split just two wins in '13, their first season as teammates. But last year Keselowski won six times while Logano won five and battled for the title in the series' final event at Homestead Miami Speedway. If similar results are in store for '15, few will be surprised. Logano's certainly off to a strong enough start. MORE: Penske offers up what is the biggest part of Daytona win The one- team approach "has made the difference," Penske said, and low turnover inside the organization is also a contributing factor. His two drivers "respect each other on the race track." "They are different in many ways, but on the other hand they are the same because they want to win and I think they like the cars (set up) pretty much the same," he said. "That gives us an advantage when we go to the track." After Logano's win Sunday, Penske , 78, said he received "about 200 texts and I don't know how many emails" from various people inside and outside the industry. "A lot from people that work for us, obviously sponsors," he said. Steve Wynn, chairman of the board and CEO of Wynn Resorts, "gave me a phone call right after the race. Marvin Odum (of primary sponsor Shell) … it's amazing how many people watch this great race. "And of course that's the reward I get -- when you see those people look up to a team and the accomplishments that you have." And where were Logano's parents, Tom and Debbie, when their son won his first Daytona 500? "Up top," said Tom Logano. "Some people asked me if I was nervous (during the final laps). I said, 'I'm human.' " Debbie Logano was hidden away in the family motorhome in the infield, anxiously watching the race play out. "The door was locked," she said. "Nobody comes in or goes out near the end of the race like that; it's bad luck." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Driver has won a career-best four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2014 RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize In the midst of a career-best season, Joey Logano has signed a new "multi-year" agreement with Team Penske , the team announced Thursday. Logano will continue to pilot the No. 22 Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the No. 22 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Nationwide Series under the terms of the deal. " Joey Logano has been everything we hoped he would be, both as a driver and as a representative of our organization and for our partners," team owner Roger Penske said. "He continues to put points on the board for us and the continuity and chemistry he has developed within the team has been terrific. We believe he can be a leader and championship-level driver for Team Penske for years to come." Logano is currently second in the points standings and, with his win last week at New Hampshire, has guaranteed himself a spot in the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. He has four wins, 12 top-fives and 17 top-10s this year. "I am fortunate and excited to be a part of Team Penske for the foreseeable future," Logano said. "Mr. Penske gives us everything we need to keep our eye on the prize and compete for wins and championships. I think that is clear by the number of wins we have across the board this year. "I'm fortunate to represent great companies like Ford, Shell-Pennzoil, AAA, AutoTrader.com, Discount Tire, Hertz and all of the great partners we have here at Team Penske . I think our best years are in front of us for sure." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation