WELCOME BACK GAMESTOP: When Joey Logano and the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team take to the track on Saturday, they will officially be welcoming back long-time sponsor GameStop. This will make the fifth-straight season that GameStop will partner with Logano and the No. 20 Toyota. GameStop made its Nationwide Series debut with Logano on May 31, 2008 at Dover International Speedway, where Logano was also making his first career start in the series, eventually coming home sixth. GameStop’s sponsorship of Logano and the No. 20 team is one of the more unique sponsorships in all of motorsports. Since coming into the series in 2008, GameStop cars have featured nearly 50 totally unique paint schemes featured around the biggest video game titles, hardware, systems and promotions. Currently, GameStop is scheduled to sponsor Logano in 10 races throughout the 2012 season starting in Daytona and wrapping up at the season-finale in Homestead, Florida. GameStop will also sponsor Denny Hamlin in the No. 18 GameStop Toyota at Phoenix next weekend.

  • VIVA LA VITA: The new PlayStation Vita portable video gaming system will be featured on the No. 20 GameStop Toyota this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Leveraging PlayStation’s legacy of delivering deep and immersive gaming on console and portable platforms, PlayStation Vita is the next-generation gaming handheld system, offering unmatched gaming experiences. PS Vita provides new ways to interact with games, drawing users deeper into the gameplay experience and enabling them to connect with the world around them, including their friends and other PS Vita owners. PS Vita blurs the lines between reality and interactive entertainment, all centered on a stunning 5-inch multi-touch OLED screen that’s unmatched by anything on the market. Users can stay connected on their PS Vita through social networking/communications services such as Facebook, Twitter, Skype, flickr and foursquare, plus native PS Vita applications, near, LiveArea and Party. PS Vita launches in North America/Europe on February 22, 2012 with the Wi-Fi only system at $249.99 and the 3G and Wi-Fi system at $299.99.
  • JL HAS BIG 2012 PLANS: Daytona will make the first of at least 18 NASCAR Nationwide Series events in 2012 for Logano. Joey will race in both the No. 20 and No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas in 2012 with a number of sponsors, including GameStop, Dollar General and Sport Clips. Currently, Joey is schedule to compete in the following NASCAR Nationwide Series events: Daytona, Phoenix, Bristol, California, Texas, Richmond, Talladega, Darlington, Charlotte, Michigan, Daytona 2, Atlanta, Chicago 2, Dover 2, Charlotte 2, Texas 2, Phoenix 2 and Homestead. Logano is hoping to run more NASCAR Nationwide Series events in 2012 is additional sponsorships can be found.
  • CAN HE MAKE IT TWO IN A ROW?: The last time Logano and the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team were at Daytona International Speedway, Logano came away with what he called the biggest win of his NASCAR career, capturing the victory in last July’s event at the famed 2.5-mile superspeedway. In that event, Logano had to overcome starting in the rear of the field due to unapproved adjustments prior to the start of the event, a spin while bump drafting with teammate Brian Scott and pitting for a loose wheel en route to the win. Logano then hooked up with JGR teammate Kyle Busch and the two drafted together over the race’s final 10 laps, taking the lead coming off of turn two on the white flag lap and holding off a charge from several other teams at the finish line.
  • IF YOU HAVEN’T YET, MEET ADAM STEVENS: For the second-straight year, 33-year-old Adam Stevens will serve as the crew chief for the No. 20 Toyota and driver Joey Logano. Before taking over the reins of the No. 20 last season, Stevens spent the previous six seasons as the race engineer for JGR’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series No. 20 Home Depot Toyota team. A native of Portsmouth, OH and graduate of Notre Dame High School, Stevens grew up racing dirt late models with his father in Ohio. Stevens worked on cars until he turned 16 and then got behind the wheel until he moved to North Carolina following his college graduation from Ohio
  • NEW FACES, SAME OLD CREW: While a majority of the No. 20 GameStop team is remaining the same, led by crew chief Adam Stevens, there are a couple of new faces on the crew heading into the new season. Heath Landis will serve as the team’s new car chief, coming over from Roush-Fenway Racing’s No. 60 Nationwide Series team. There are two new members on the over-the-wall pit crew as well. Joe Crossen will serve as the team’s new rear-tire changer and comes over from the No. 17 Roush-Fenway team, while Chris Taylor will be the new front-tire carrier and joins JGR from the No. 1 Earnhardt-Ganassi team. Rocky Ryan will serve as Joey’s spotter for the 2012 season. Ryan spent the last few years spotting for David Ragan in the Sprint Cup Series.
  • THE RACE: The Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway (Daytona Beach, FL; 2.5-mile superspeedway) is set for Saturday afternoon, Feb. 25, 2012. The race will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 12 p.m. ET, with radio coverage on MRN.

 

Logano’s Career NASCAR Nationwide Series Stats:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Earnings

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

88

9

41

69

16

1453

$3,059,334

7.1

7.5

Logano’s Career NASCAR Nationwide Series Stats at Daytona International Speedway:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Earnings

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

6

1

3

4

0

24

$325,468

11.8

7.7

From the Cockpit:

Joey Logano Quotes: “I’m pretty excited to get back behind the wheel of the GameStop Toyota this weekend in Daytona. I feel like I’ve got a lot of people gunning for us because we are the most recent winner at Daytona in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Plus, I’d really like to get another win there and back it up. But I also know this is going to be a totally different style of race than it was back in July of last year. That was all about the two-car draft and going to the front. This race, much like the Cup race, will probably be more about pack drafting and trying to just survive to the end. We don’t really know what is going to happen though until we get out on the track and get some practice in. There are some new rules in the Nationwide Series, and no one knows how that is going to affect the car quite yet. It should make for a good show I hope.

“I’m really pumped to be working with GameStop again. They have been the longest running supporter of mine since I broke into the NASCAR scene in 2008. They were my first sponsor, they were on the car when I made my first start, and they were on the car when I got my first Nationwide Series victory. So we go way back with them and have a lot of special memories with them. Plus, to see them still around five years later is impressive. That is just something you don’t see is racing a lot these days. With the economy hurting, most sponsors are getting out, but GameStop has stuck with us and hopefully, I can take them back to Victory Lane a few times this year.”

From the Pit Box:

Adam Stevens Quotes: “I’m ready to get the season started again. We’ve done a lot of work in the off season, and it’s been nice to have some time away from the track, but we are all racers and we want to get back on track. Daytona is looking pretty promising for us. We are taking back the same car that we won with there last July. It’s the same car that made its debut at Talladega last year where we finished second. So the car has a pretty good track record. But it’s hard to tell what you have going into the race with the rules package changing. The two-car draft will be hard to do for any length of time. Cooling will be really difficult with the new rules so I think you should see more pack racing. The strategy is going to be different too. There is no car-to-car communications any more so that will change the way you handle things. I think because of that, it will put a priority on survival more than usual. I think at the end, you are going to want to be out front, log laps the first three-quarters of the race and have good track position when it comes down the last part of the race.”

The Joe Gibbs Racing Machines:

  • PRIMARY CAR INFO: The No. 20 GameStop team will take chassis #129 to Daytona. It is the same car that Logano used when he visited Victory Lane at Daytona last July.
  • BACK-UP CAR: Chassis #103 will serve at the team’s backup for Daytona. The car served as the backup for each restrictor-plate track last season.