Joey Logano gives Team Penske Nascar and IndyCar titles in same season
Joey Logano won his second Nascar championship to give Roger Penske two titles in the same season with a victory in Sunday’s winner-take-all finale at Phoenix Raceway.
It was the fourth win of the season for Logano, who opened the year with a January win in an exhibition race at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in the debut of Nascar’s new Next Gen car. Less than a month later, rookie teammate Austin Cindric won the Daytona 500 on Penske’s 85th birthday.
Will Power added the IndyCar championship to the Team Penske trophy case in September and Logano’s dominating run on Sunday marked the first time Penske has won both the Nascar and IndyCar championship in the same season.
It is the third Cup championship for Penske, who won with Brad Keselowski in 2012 and Logano’s first title in 2018. Logano joined Kyle Busch as the only active drivers with multiple Cup titles.
Logano won the pole and was never really challenged on Sunday as his Ford led 186 of the 312 laps. Ross Chastain finished third in his championship race debut, and Christopher Bell was 10th. Chase Elliott was spun by Chastain early in the final stage, his Chevrolet hit the wall and he was immediately out of contention. It snapped Hendrick Motorsports streak of two consecutive Cup titles.
It was a solemn day elsewhere as Coy Gibbs, the vice chairman of Joe Gibbs Racing for his NFL and Nascar Hall of Fame father, died on Sunday morning just hours after his son won the Xfinity Series championship. He was 49.
“It is with great sorrow that Joe Gibbs Racing confirms that Coy Gibbs [co-owner] went to be with the Lord in his sleep last night. The family appreciates all the thoughts and prayers and asks for privacy at this time,” the team said in a statement.
Joe Gibbs has lost both of his sons. JD Gibbs died in 2019 of degenerative neurological disease, and was also 49 at the time of his death. Coy Gibbs succeeded his older brother as vice chairman of the family-run Nascar organization.
“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of Coy Gibbs. On behalf of the France Family and all of Nascar, I extend my deepest condolences to Joe, Pat, Heather, the Gibbs family and everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing on the loss of Coy, a true friend and racer,” said Nascar chairman and CEO Jim France.