Joey Logano and No. 20 Home Depot Team – Pocono Raceway Advance

Joey Logano No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry

5-Hour Energy 500 at Pocono Raceway

The Home Depot Team Notes of Interest

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. The Home Depot Team and Joey Logano are off to Pocono Raceway this weekend for the 5-Hour Energy 500. Despite running well in several NACSAR Sprint Cup races at the 2.5-mile track, Logano and the team are looking for their first top-10 finish this weekend at the Pennsylvania track. Logano piloted an ARCA car to victory lane at Pocono in 2009 after starting from the fourth position and leading 52 of 80 laps.

. Meet Logano and Zipadelli! No. 20 Team fans in the Pocono area can meet Logano and Zipadelli at the Stroudsburg Home Depot Store on Thursday, June 9 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. The store is located at 150 Pocono Commons. The No. 20 Home Depot Toyota will be there in addition to the autograph signing by Logano and his crew chief. Wristbands will be distributed starting at 5 p.m. to the first 700 fans.

. The Home Depot Team will continue to carry the special decal this weekend on the c-post of the No. 20 Toyota Camry honoring store #3023 that was not only destroyed by the tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo., but lost one of its associates. The Home Depot Team is also scheduled to visit Joplin on June 14 along with 150 store associate volunteers to help store #3023 get up and running. The Home Depot has committed to rebuild the store on its current location, has donated over $1 million in disaster relief for the area and its internal charity The Homer Fund is providing grants to associates who were affected by the storm.

. About last week: Logano and The Home Depot Team were hoping their top-five starting position would lead them to a second-consecutive top-five finish at Kansas Speedway, unfortunately the handling went away on the No. 20 Toyota and the race was ultimately decided on fuel mileage. Logano crossed the stripe in the 23rd position in the STP 400. Logano now sits 25th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver standings following the race in Kansas.

. Logano and The Home Depot Team tested at Road Atlanta this week in preparation for the upcoming road course races at Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen International. Logano will be looking for his first top-10 finish in his Sprint Cup Series career on a road course in Sonoma on June 26.

. Welcome aboard The Home Depot associates from store #776 in Smyrna, Tenn. The store number will ride along with Logano this weekend at Pocono Raceway. 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 #309 to Pocono for the 200-lap race. This will be the first race of the season for this chassis. It’s new to The Home Depot Team’s stable of cars. The back-up chassis is #275 that Logano most recently drove in the Martinsville race following a practice crash that damaged his primary car. He went on to finish the race in the 13th position.

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

Logano Quotes:

On Pocono:

“Pocono is one of those track that I’ve ran really good at and I’ve run really bad there. I’ve certainly been confused there before. I like it and I think it’s fun. It’s really interesting because you have three very different corners, so trying to get your car to handle good in all three corners is really tough. Trying to figure all that out and racing there makes it challenging. You have that long straightaway in the front and the one down Long Pond is really, really long too. There’s some good racing and on restarts, it’s nuts because you can go four and five-wide into turn one.”

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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