The 2018 Cup Series champion acknowledges Christopher Bell’s skills.
Joe Gibbs Racing’s newest driver Christopher Bell made a huge impression on everyone on Sunday after a strong performance during the Cup Series race at the Daytona road course. He had a great pace all day long and made a decisive pass on Joey Logano right before the white flag to win his maiden Cup Series event. After the race, Logano had to say some words about Bell.
“Yeah, honestly I don’t think I’ve seen it [Bell’s pure talent] until tonight. I haven’t raced around him much up to this point. A little bit last year every now and again, but not to this level. I was hoping him trying to chase me down, he was going to make a mistake as an inexperienced race car driver. You didn’t see it happen. You didn’t see it with Ty [Gibbs] last night either”, Logano said.
“These younger guys coming in, not that Christopher is that young, but he just looks like he’s really young. He had a lot of racing experience. He’s been in these situations a lot where he’s racing for the win, whether in the midgets, whatever dirt cars these guys drive. You’ve seen him race for wins late in the race. That experience probably helped him a lot tonight”, he added.
“Yeah, I mean, obviously he’s an amazing talent. If you’re at this level, everyone is pretty talented at this point. 30th place is really talented, I promise you that. It’s all about putting all the pieces of the puzzle together, and today they did.”
Logano also praised Bell’s new crew chief, Adam Stevens: “Adam Stevens, a tremendous crew chief. I worked with him for quite some time over there. I know what he’s got for a team around him. He [Christopher Bell] is going to be successful because of it, because of his talent and the talent of the team.”