LoganoDaytonaMediaDayJOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion – “You are only as good as your last race a lot of times. I have enjoyed it. I think it is really cool and I am excited to get our car out of the museum and see our car again. What won last year is not going to win this year, whether it is what you do inside the car or the setup of the car. It is because the sport is always evolving and getting better. It is great but it is last year and we have to keep looking forward.”

DID THINGS HAPPEN TO YOU DURING THE YEAR THAT WOULDN’T HAVE HAPPENED IF YOU WEREN’T THE DAYTONA 500 CHAMPION? “Yeah, I am sure. There were a lot of cool things with the media tour you go on and your life gets really busy for four or five weeks. That was really challenging because I am a routine guy. The way I prepare is a certain way every week and when you throw a lot of stuff on top of it, it becomes challenging to do it. It was worth it for sure. It was definitely worth it to say you have won the Daytona 500. It is such a big race to be a part of. I tell the story all the time of just what it was like to start my first race here and what that meant to me. Winning it is incredible. It is a hard feeling to explain because it is hardest to put it in words. Even a year later I still can’t put it in words. I was just screaming on the radio and that is probably still the best way to explain it now.”

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO WIN THE FIRST RACE OF THE YEAR, THE BIGGEST RACE OF THE YEAR, AND YOU ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS BUT THEN YOU HAVE TO WAIT 25 WEEKS FOR THAT? “Yeah, it is a lot of weight lifted off your shoulders, not that we had much because it was the first race of the year and you aren’t in a bad spot, but it is nice to know you are in the Chase and you just race for wins at that point. You don’t have to worry about points, you can race aggressively and the only thing that matters at that point is bonus points from winning. That is what it is all about. Go win as much as you can and try to stack those up.”

DOES WINNING A DAYTONA 500, OR MAYBE WINNING A CHAMPIONSHIP, MAKE NOT HAVING THE OTHER ONE LESS OF A BIG DEAL? “I want both. That is what I strive to win every race and my team strives to do that. It is what we expect and it is what Roger (Penske) expects, to go win every single race. Were we disappointed we didn’t win the championship last year, of course we were. We felt we had a championship season. We won the most races, we had a ton of top-five and we finished sixth in points. That is not where we want to be but we were definitely close and just have to time everything out better. We won one of the biggest races of the year here in Daytona but we really want the big trophy at the end of the year.”

THERE ARE SOME DRIVERS THAT HAVE WON THE DAYTONA 500 THAT ARE VERY SUPERSTITIOUS ABOUT THE NEXT YEAR. THEY WEAR THE SAME THING, EAT AT THE SAME PLACES, THINGS LIKE THAT. “I don’t do any of that. I have tried that stuff before because you will try anything to win a race but it doesn’t work. It is kind of disgusting if you start wearing the same underwear and stuff like that. It gets nasty pretty quick. My problem is I don’t remember what I did that day but I wouldn’t do it anyway. To me, that stuff is a distraction. To me, if I am thinking about a bologna sandwich and not what I am doing on the racetrack then I believe I am doing it the wrong way.”

THE QUALIFYING RACES, DO YOU APPROACH THEM DIFFERENTLY NOW THAT YOU HAVE THE CHARTER? “It wouldn’t really affect us this year any differently with the points position that we have had. We were in pretty good shape. For me, I am going to go out there and race. I think you guys have realized at this point that I have one speed, wide open, and I am going to try to win every race I am in. Do we want to crash? No, we don’t want to crash our car but if we are racing for the win at the end then we will try to win. That is part of the way that race works. Can you win this race from any starting position, yes you can. But there is a race and a trophy still and I would like to get that.”

WERE YOU CONCERNED WITH AS STRONG AS THE CHEVY AND TOYOTA’S WERE IN THE UNLIMITED SATURDAY NIGHT THAT FORD OR PENSKE NEEDS TO FIND A LITTLE MORE FOR SUNDAY? “Yeah we need to find more. We always need to find more though. Looking at it with what the Gibbs cars were able to do the other night was very impressive in the Unlimited. We were pretty good as well though. I thought with Brad and myself that both of us could get to the front and move through the field fairly good. We were in the hunt. There were certain scenarios where the Toyota’s could do some pretty remarkable moves that we couldn’t do and we want to get better in those areas.”