Joey Logano and No. 20 Home Depot Team – Charlotte Motor Speedway Advance

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The Home Depot Team Notes of Interest

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·         The Home Depot Team and Joey Logano return to Charlotte Motor Speedway after finishing fifth last Saturday night in the Sprint Showdown.  Logano is looking to improve on that finish this weekend in the Coca-Cola 600 at his most successful track on the NASCAR circuit. In four Cup starts at the 1.5-mile track, Logano’s best finish is fifth and his worst finish is 13th.

·         Happy Birthday Joey!  Logano celebrated his 21st birthday on Tuesday.  During his three years on the NASCAR circuit, Logano became the youngest pole winner and the youngest race winner in both NASCAR Nationwide and Cup Series history.

·         The Home Depot® Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Home Depot, will donate $1 million to the immediate relief, recovery and long-term rebuilding efforts in Joplin, Mo.  The Home Depot Foundation will be in Joplin this week to assess the long-term needs of the community and how best to partner with non-profit groups to deploy volunteers, dollars and products as Joplin rebuilds. In addition, the Company will rebuild its store #3023 that was damaged on the current site and is utilizing its Homer Fund to support associates affected by the storms.

·         Logano will be in Uptown Charlotte on Friday evening at the Coca-Cola stage as part of the Speed Street festivities from 8 – 8:30 p.m. ET.  Logano will participate in a 30-minute question and answer session as a thank you to fans for 125 years of Coca-Cola.

·         The Home Depot Team and Logano are now 28th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings (tied in number of points with Brian Vickers in 27th) following the last points race at Dover International Speedway.  Logano is now 43 points out of the top 20 behind Marcos Ambrose.

·         Welcome aboard The Home Depot associates from store #747 in Winchester, Tenn.  The store number will ride along with Logano this weekend for the longest race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. In addition, The Home Depot vendor Makita will adorn the lower rear quarter panel of the No. 20 Toyota Camry. Makita is an industry leader in cordless power tools.

·         The No. 20 Home Depot Team is taking chassis #287 for Logano this weekend.  The team raced this chassis at Auto Club Speedway earlier this year to a 25th-place finish after an engine change and a pass through penalty.  Logano also drove this chassis to a seventh-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October and to a fourth-place finish at Texas in November.

·         To access information on The Home Depot Team visit: www.joegibbsracing.com and follow twitter.com/homedepotracing, twitter.com/joegibbsracing and twitter.com/jlogano.

Logano Quotes:

On Charlotte:

“First of all, 600 miles is a lot of miles compared to last week.  I think as a team we learned a lot last week in the Showdown that will help us on Sunday.  We have a good game plan on how to address some of the issues we fought with The Home Depot on Saturday night.  The thing about Charlotte is it’s one of the tracks I’ve adjusted to quickly.  I know what I want out of the car and how I want it to drive.  That shows on the track and in our results.”

On the recent storm damage:

One of the cool things about representing The Home Depot is the impact the company has on people in times like this.  After the storms went through Alabama and Georgia, and now in Missouri, The Home Depot donated millions to the American Red Cross and is helping people rebuild their lives.  It’s not only helping its associates and the store that were affected but the entire community.  That’s pretty cool.”

No. 20 Home Depot Team

Primary Team Members:

Crew Chief – Greg Zipadelli                             Car Chief – Jason Shapiro                                Engine Builder – Mark Cronquist

Lead Engineer – Jacob Canter                        Engine Specialist – Michael Johnson             Spotter – Mark Robertson

Tire Specialist – Jerold Shires                          Shock Specialist – Dusty Boyd                         Second Engineer – Mike Lorusso

Mechanics – Scott Geerts, Todd Foster         Pit Support – Bill Byrne                                      IT Support – Nathan Boone

Truck Drivers – Tom McCrimmon, Scott Crowell

Over-The-Wall Crew Members:

Jackman – Jason Tate                                       Front Tire Changer – John Royer                    Front Tire Carrier – Brett Morrell

Gas Man – John Eicher                                     Rear Tire Changer – Coleman Dollarhide     Rear Tire Carrier – Eric Groen

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