Newly crowned DAYTONA 500 champion Joey Logano was off-and-running again Monday morning.
It started early with the annual Champion’s Breakfast in the Bill France Room at Daytona International Speedway, where Logano was presented with the traditional champion’s jacket. He also was surprised with a new first-year presentation for DAYTONA 500 champions: a steel-and-gold Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch.
The timepiece will come in handy. Logano has a jam-packed schedule of media activities this week, including appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight and the TODAY show Tuesday, plus a trip to ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Conn.
“I didn’t sleep much [last night], that’s for sure,” Logano said. “I didn’t go to sleep, really. My mind just kept thinking about the whole race, how it all played out. I just kept reliving the moment over and over again. It’s amazing ... the DAYTONA 500. It’s something that’s very special. And now, I’m excited about the [media] adventure that’s ahead of me.”
At Monday morning’s breakfast, Logano, crew chief Todd Gordon and car owner Roger Penske spoke with media prior to another tradition being renewed: installing the DAYTONA 500 winning car – in this instance the yellow-and-red No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford – inside the Speedway Ticket and Tours Building. The car will be part of the Speedway tours program and will be returned to the team at the 2016 DAYTONA 500, a tradition that began in 1996.
During the Champion’s Breakfast, DIS President Joie Chitwood III presented champion’s jackets to Logano, Gordon and Penske; the Harley J. Earl DAYTONA 500 trophy to Penske; and the Cannonball Baker trophy to Gordon. Chitwood and Logano also unveiled the logo for next year’s 58th annual DAYTONA 500.
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