Joey Logano Foundation launches at Loudon
July 12, 2013, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
LOUDON, N.H. -- Joey Logano watched his first NASCAR Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He made his first Cup start and earned his first Sprint Cup win at the 1.058-mile track.
So it was fitting, the Penske Racing driver said Friday, that he announced the launch of the Joey Logano Foundation at NHMS.
“It just felt like the best place for that to happen,” Logano, 23, said.
“I feel like I’ve been very blessed to be a part of NASCAR and to be able to drive a race car for a living is a dream come true for me. I realize not everyone is as fortunate as myself.
“What I want to do with my foundation is directly impact people’s lives to make them better. Whether that is fixing someone’s roof or building a house for a tornado (victim) ... Whether you came back from Iraq or Afghanistan, you’re a soldier and you need your car outfitted for wheelchair accessibility. Whatever it is, I want to be able to do that.
“How I want to do that is the tough part. Obviously I want to empower the NASCAR fans to help point out who these people are and help me do this, whatever it is.”
To help get the program off the ground, Tom Swindell, NASCAR director of racing operations, announced a$10,000 donation to the foundation while Shell Pennzoil’s Paul Stanifer also announced a $10,000 donation. Shell Pennzoil is the primary sponsor of Logano’s No. 22 Penske Racing Ford.
The foundation has five events scheduled in conjunction with Sprint Cup races this year. The first takes place this weekend at NHMS as Logano will host 200 members of the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Squad and their families for Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 301 (1 p.m. ET, TNT).
The unit handled the investigation of the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in which 20 children and six adults were killed.
Logano said he was in Las Vegas earlier this year when he met several fans that worked with the crime squad.
“I really wanted to do something for Newtown at the time, but I didn’t know what to do,” he said. “There’s been a lot of people helping out, which is great, but I wanted to find the people getting lost in the shuffle. But I couldn’t figure out who that was. Well, I realized they were the guys getting lost in the shuffle.
“So with New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s help, we’ve been able to bring 200 of them up here with their families to enjoy the race.”
Other foundation events this year are scheduled in conjunction with Cup races in Michigan, Atlanta, Charlotte and Phoenix.