Joey Logano felt that his 2018 championship win was not just about people involved with him in the track but a number of people from his team.
The Team Penske driver wrote his name in the history books by winning the 2018 championship. While winning might make one more selfish, it worked out in the opposite direction for Logano who realized that the win was not just his individual or team effort but that of a large number of people.
In a recent interview, sharing his learning after winning the championship, Logano said:
“I realized, ‘Oh my goodness.’ This isn’t about the 20 guys that go on the road with me and won. This is about thousands of people and it affects their livelihood for thousands of families.
“Probably the biggest thing I learned after winning the championship was like, I didn’t realize how big it was and how it impacts everybody involved.”
Logano could already have registered his first win of the 2021 season, if not for a crash with teammate Brad Keselowski on the final lap of the Daytona 500. He still thinks of the crash and the way it affects other people in the team.
“The part that makes me cringe is that there are 400 employees at Team Penske, saying, ‘Where’s my Daytona 500 bonus?’ It’s up in a ball of flames in Turn 3 right now. That’s the truth.
“But at some point, you also have to keep the big picture in mind and be selfless. And understand that your actions affect people’s livelihoods in more ways than you understand”.
Logano hasn’t had the best of starts but he will be looking to register his first win in the next Cup race at Phoenix Raceway.