Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Logano Shines On E:60
The well-coordinated coming-out party for Joey Logano has included selected media appearances on NASCAR's TV partners. While Logano has done well on shows like RaceDay, Trackside and NASCAR Now, Tuesday night brought a new challenge.
This time, ESPN has sent a crew from the sports magazine show E:60 to open-up Logano's life away from the track and introduce his family as well. It was reporter Tom Farrey that drew the assignment of spending time with Logano. Interestingly enough, even for a cynical news reporter, one got the feeling that Farrey had a blast.
"Hype isn't nothing, you have got to live up to it," said Logano of his Nationwide Series debut. Paraded around like the second coming, Logano was realistic in understanding the challenges of an 18 year-old in a national NASCAR series race. "I'm also glad I did," he said smiling as the footage of his victory rolled by.
"He was way better than anybody else," said Mark Martin of the first time he saw Logano. "He was way better than any other 14 year-old that I'd ever seen in the country."
It was Logano's parents who were most effective on-camera talking about their son. This was a normal couple who had never been involved in racing and after seeing the talent of their son, had decided to make a change to focus on him. Apparently, its working.
"I'm one of the most competitive people in the world." said Logano. "Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser. I don't like losing at whatever it is, I get mad. I'm a nice, mellow kid until you get me in a competitive situation."
Farrey got a ride from Logano in a Richard Petty Racing Experience car and came through unscathed. When asking Logano if he really knows how fortunate he is, the correct response came back. "I know I'm a lucky person," Joey answered.
E:60 reported that Logano's parents spent over a million dollars supporting the racing activities of Joey up to this point. They related that he was home-schooled and basically has always had exactly what he needed to get to this point.
Farrey's parting question to Logano was if he could be the best driver ever? "I'll try and let you know," said Logano smiling. That seemed like a fair way to close the interview. This program re-airs at 11:30PM ET on Thursday.
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