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Friday, 23 March, 2012 8:14 PM

NASCAR's Joey Logano encourages fans to take the Metrolink to the races

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Joey Logano, driver of the No. 20 Home Depot/Dollar General Toyota, signed autographs and met his fans aboard a Metrolink train.

 

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

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LOS ANGELES -- NASCAR Driver Joey Logano rode the Metrolink from Rancho Cucamonga to L.A. on Wednesday afternoon to chat with fans and the news media. He is encouraging fans to take the train to this weekend's Royal Purple 300 and Auto Club 400 in Fontana, Calif. A special $19 per person discounted roundtrip fare is being offered for Sunday's race. Three special trains will offer service from Oceanside, Oxnard and Lancaster for this program. Then, a free shuttle will be provided to take race fans from the Fontana stop directly to the track.

He arrived at the Metrolink station in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. at around 1 p.m. The driver met and signed autographs for 100 Auto Club Speedway hard card members on board the train.

"It was really cool to come out there and check it out on the train," Logano said in an exclusive interview. "It's awesome how it goes right to the race track now. Anyone who lives in L.A. or around the area can take the train out there and come see the race. There's plenty of tickets left out there. Come see us race out there. We'll have a good time."

The Joe Gibbs Racing team driver said he likes many things about racing in southern California.

"It's awesome, it's cool to come to a place we don't normally come to," he answered. "We don't come out here, but once a year. It's cool to see a different crowd, a lot of celebrities come to the race track so it's always good to see. The race track itself is a really cool race track. It's really fast, it's flat. Handling is always a key here. It's a fun place to race at. Restarts are always crazy here. You're four or five wide at 200 mph. That's got to be exciting, I would say."

He won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Fontana, Calif. back in 2009. Logano described the secrets to winning there.

"There's a lot, I was telling some people earlier," the driver of the No. 20 Toyota explained. "Everything has got to click here. You've got to have the right car. Your car has got to be handling great. It's a very big handling race track. Horsepower is huge here. It's a two-mile race track, you've got long straightaways. You've got to have a good motor. It always comes down to strategy: four tires, two tires, clean air. This place is always one of the toughest races to call throughout the year."

Metrolink is providing a special discounted rate for auto racing fans on three of its trains. The first train leaves the Oceanside station at 6:10 a.m. and arrives in Fontana at 9:10 a.m. The second departs the Oxnard station at 6:15 and then stops at the speedway at 9:15 a.m. The third train leaves the Lancaster station and arrives in Fontana at 9:35 a.m.

"The first benefit is that it's only $19 per trip," said Sherita Coffelt, media and public relations officer at Metrolink. "That's money that you don't have to spend on gas or parking or sitting in traffic. It's a great value. The other thing is you're being environmentally friendly. The fact that you're taking a train that is already scheduled means that you're not adding additional emissions to the freeway. It's a stress-free way to go. Why wouldn't you take advantage of it if you can. It's $19 from no matter where you're going and that's round trip."

Logano rode the hour-long train ride to the Union Station in downtown L.A. Then, he hopped in the Auto Club Speedway stock car and performed a burn out in front of the fans and the news media. It was definitely a crowd pleaser.

"He's a sweetheart, he always was," said Lori Glassnor, a race fan from the Canoga Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. "I liked him from when he first started and took over the No. 20 car. I think he's doing a fantastic job. I got his autograph, but I didn't actually get to meet him. I kind of pushed my way in real quick. I'm hoping to be at the speedway this weekend. I don't know, it's hard to say. But I'd like to. I've been there for the past two years. This is my first time seeing a NASCAR driver. Actually, I want to meet Rusty Wallace and Carl Edwards."

The driver of the Home Depot/Dollar General Toyota offered 12-year-old Nathan Joseph the rare opportunity to hop inside the passenger seat of the stock car. They went for a ride around the block.

"This was my first time ever meeting Joey Logano," he said. "It was pretty exciting. Even though we didn't get going too fast, the horsepower makes it feel very fast. It's just very exciting to do what the race car drivers do on TV each week. I'd like to thank NASCAR and I hope to get to do this again. I wasn't in there for the burn out, but I got to take the drive back to the trailer. As you can tell, I've met all of the drivers on my hat."

For more information or to purchase tickets to the Auto Club 400, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.

Related Story: Jeff Gordon visits downtown L.A. to preview the Auto Club 400

 

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Logano arrived at the Rancho Cucamonga station shortly after 1 p.m.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Then, he boarded the train, which was en route to Union Station in downtown L.A.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Miss Sprint Cup Kristen Beat also met her fans onboard the train.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Logano posed for a photo with 100 Auto Club Speedway members inside Union Station.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Auto Club Speedway President Gillian Zucker, Joey Logano, a representative from the city of Los Angeles and Kristen Beat

 

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