NASCAR Champ Joey Logano Caught Cheating With Illegal Webbed Gloves

Auto racing champion Joey Logano received a cheating violation for using an illegally modified racing glove with webbed fingers that was clearly against NASCAR’s rules.


Tough Glove

The altered gloves were said to reduce drag during a race.

At a press conference in Las Vegas on Saturday, NASCAR officials displayed the glove they had recovered from Logano’s car during a random check at the Atlanta Motor Speedway a week earlier.

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Safety Concerns

Brad Moran, NASCAR’s Cup Series director, explained that all racing gloves must meet safety standards set by SFI and cannot be modified in any way.

The glove constitutes a cheating violation because the webbing allows drivers to block more air from the car, reducing drag from the window opening.

But officials were more concerned about the safety threat the gloves could pose than about the cheating.

Logano's Response

Logano did not feel that his safety was at risk because of the illegal gloves.

Logano described the cheating violation as 'embarrassing' for the team and took partial responsibility for the infraction.

On Saturday, Logano won the pole position with the fastest qualifying time in Las Vegas—this time, using SFI-approved gloves.