The 2021 NASCAR Cup Collection schedule provides loads of new challenges – ones Joey Logano says will take a look at the adaptability of sequence drivers.
Among the many many adjustments to the Cup schedule are the addition of a number of extra highway course occasions, the primary grime observe race in additional than 50 years and new venues like Nashville Superspeedway.
Logano, 30, is amongst a number of sequence drivers utilizing the downtime previous to the beginning of the 2021 season to spend time on simulators since there is no such thing as a offseason testing in NASCAR.
“I’m sitting right here on the Ford R&D Middle. I used to be simply on the simulator and dealing on some issues and I used to be driving and considering, ‘How cool is that this that I get to drive so many alternative issues,’ ” Logano stated.
“I all the time thought that Cup was one of many solely sequence that goes to so many alternative tracks, the brief tracks, the superspeedways, the mile-and-a-halves, the highway programs. However now there are simply an increasing number of tracks, extra highway programs, tracks I’ve by no means been to, grime racing.”
Whereas the Crew Penske driver has no private expertise at grime racing, Logano nonetheless believes the addition of the race is an effective take a look at of the ability of drivers which are alleged to be the most effective in motorsports.
“You need to be a well-rounded race automobile driver, someone that may soar into something and go quick. That’s one thing I’d take plenty of delight in,” he stated.
“I don’t have the chance sometimes to drive something exterior of a NASCAR Cup automobile, so it is a enjoyable alternative as a race automobile driver, and I feel at the same time as a staff everybody working collectively to attempt to perceive these new race tracks coming forward of us.”
Whereas Logano – who has superior to the Championship four three of the final 5 seasons and received the 2018 sequence title – stated it will be troublesome to choose which new race might impression the 2021 season probably the most, he definitely is aware of which one he’s listening to probably the most about.
“Everyone seems to be speaking concerning the grime race. Each time I get in my truck and activate SiriusXM (Radio) all I hear is folks speaking about this grime race,” he stated. “I’m like, ‘You understand there are different races which are going to occur this 12 months? It’s not simply this grime race.’
“So, attempting to steadiness that and never put an excessive amount of effort into one race and forgetting about all the opposite ones that additionally pay out.”
Logano stated between now and the grime race at Bristol on the finish of March he plans to get out on a mud observe at the very least to attempt to perceive how the observe surfaces adjustments throughout a race.
“Clearly, the automobile goes to drive completely different and it being very slick and all that, however understanding how the grime strikes, whether or not there’s a cushion or when it dries out or when it rubbers up, there’s all this lingo that I don’t actually know an entire bunch about and you need to see it and you’ve got expertise it, I feel, to grasp that,” he stated.
“I’ve bought some plans to attempt to get out on a observe somewhat bit and mess around in various kinds of automobiles simply to grasp grime racing somewhat bit. We’ll see what occurs. There are such a lot of unknowns with Bristol.
“You throw grime on that place we don’t know what’s going to occur and no one does, but when I may be as considerably educated on what the observe seems to be like and the place the grip is, perhaps I may be shut within the ballpark someplace.”