One of the biggest storylines of the Talladega GEICO 500 revolved around Joey Logano’s horrific car crash. Following the accident yesterday, the racer said he’s just happy to be alive.
During Sunday’s big race, Logano made contact with another car. It made him spin out and turn in the opposite direction as he faced oncoming traffic. Things only got worse from there. As the other drivers came speeding towards him, his car lifted off the ground and flipped over multiple times.
Logano’s No. 22 car eventually landed right side up and rolled down into the infield. Although the wreck lasted no more than 10 seconds, it must have felt like hours to Logano as he flipped in the air at more than 100 miles per hour.
Thankfully, Joey Logano walked away unscathed, which is a testament to NASCAR‘s safety equipment. In fact, only minutes after the massive crash, the racer spoke with one of NASCAR’s reporters.
“On one hand, I am so proud to drive a Cup car that is safe – that I can go through a crash like that and get out and speak about it,” Joey Logano said. “And one hand, I’m mad about being in the crash and the other hand I’m just happy I’m alive.”
“On the other hand, I think when are we going to going to stop? Because this is dangerous doing what we are doing. I got a roll bar in my head. That is not OK. I am one hit away from the same situation Ryan Newman just went through,” he added.
Joey Logano Calls for Changes in NASCAR
Although Joey Logano walked away from his scary high-speed car crash, the racer is calling for further reform in the sport. He specifically said the wreck isn’t anyone’s fault. But he also referenced fellow driver Ryan Newman who dealt with a similar crash at Daytona last year.
For those that don’t remember, Newman’s similar airborne crash landed him in the hospital in February 2020. While leading the race in the final lap, Newman got bumped, which made him lose control of his car. The car veered off and rammed into the wall before it went flying into the air.
Newman sustained injuries in the wreck that required a stint for the racer to fully recover. It’s one of the many reasons Joey Logano thinks NASCAR needs further changes to protect its drivers.
“I just don’t feel like that’s acceptable. The pushing and all that, it’s no one’s fault, right? Denny’s trying to go, and 47’s trying to go. It’s a product of this racing. We have to fix it though. ‘Cause someone already got hurt and we’re still doing it. So that’s not real smart,” Joey Logano explained.
“At the same time, I’m appreciative of driving a car that’s this safe… That I can live to talk about it, and go again. I got lucky I didn’t get hit while I was in the air,” he said.