by Christina Yeager
Child racing prodigy, Joey Logano - while driving anything he could get his young hands - zipping around race tracks racking in wins and setting himself up for maximum success. Homeschooling allowed him the focus he needed to have for racing strategy and to hone his driving skills. He became the first homescholar to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup series race and at nineteen-years-old became the youngest winner ever in the series.
Joey Logano was homeschooled during a life of speed.
When Joey was in elementary school, his parents supported his passion for racing. His mother, Debbie, soon realized that a homeschooling education was needed for the young racer to continue. A home-based education gave Joey the freedom necessary to develop the skills and self-control needed to become a world-class driver since travel was necessary from track to track.
Mr. Logano has stated numerous times how he was grateful for being homeschooled and the many sacrifices his parents made on behalf of himself and his sister, Danielle, who is a professional ice skater.
At the age of eighteen and a newly homeschool graduate, Joey Logano became one of the youngest drivers to officially enter a national racing circuit by joining Joe Gibbs NASCAR racing team. His real journey as a racer had just begun.
Joey Logano began his racing career at the age of six driving a quarter midget car in 1996. By the next year, he had his first win in the Eastern Grand National Championship in the Jr. Stock Car Division. The year after he collected the Jr. Honda Division Championship, in 1999 a Lt. Mod. Division Championship and won 3 New England Regional Championships in the Sr. Stock, Lt. Mod., Lt. B. divisions. Whew! That is a lot to soak in.
After turning ten-years-old he showed no signs of slowing down, he won a Bandolero Bandits Series Championship after his family moved to Georgia and adding Legend cars to his agenda where he managed to set a 14-consecutive winning streak track record at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and a Lions National Championship. At twelve, Logano won the Southeast-based Pro Legends National championship.
The only thing holding him back was the official age rules NASCAR implements. He was simply too young to enter the circuit series. After an already impressive racing resume, Joey moved on to various pavement late model cars/trucks. he ran in the FASCAR Pro Truck Series and the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series. A new NASCAR rule in 2007 allowing sixteen-year-old drivers to enter the Camping World Series. This â would kick start his NASCAR racing career and get his skills in front of the right eyes - even though he only gained a single win with the series.
Joey has many wins and accomplishments are nothing less than impressive for any driver of any age:
Joey Logano has run 359 races over an eleven-year period and he has pulled in 50 wins, 322 top ten finishes and 56 poles accumulated between the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Joey married his childhood sweetheart in December 2014. The couple welcomed their first child in January 2018.
Still actively racing the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Joey Logano has certainly driven his way into the hearts of many NASCAR fans worldwide driving the no. 22 car for Team Penske.