Recently, NASCAR driver Joey Logano made headlines only a week after Brad Keselowski made major motorsports news for leaving Penske racing. Logano and his wife, Brittany Baca, had an important announcement to share with fans and the world at large. And it was something that would affect his decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Joey Logano’s big announcement
“So we’ve been wanting to tell everybody something for a while,” Logano says while standing next to his wife in a video posted to his official YouTube channel.
“Brittany has been pretty sick and tired of a lot of things that have been going on in our life and in her life.”
After mentioning their two sons, Logano and Baca pause to look at each other rather seriously.
“She’s pregnant,” Logano announces and starts laughing while his wife screams in amusement.
Brittany is expecting the couple’s third child.
“It’s a girl!” Logano shouts as he and his wife embrace in amusement.
Not long ago, Logano admitted that being a parent has had a significant impact on his life.
Logano’s reasons for getting the COVID-19 vaccine
Logano revealed in August that he got the coronavirus vaccine. He said he was taking every possible measure to prevent the virus from disqualifying him from NASCAR’s playoffs. Logano explained that he’s usually careful with where he goes and who he comes into contact with, explaining he had to cancel three appearances for safety reasons.
Logano said that players have only one option for playoffs regarding the coronavirus: remaining safe. He cited this as one of the biggest reasons why he decided to get vaccinated. However, NASCAR does not require drivers to get vaccinated, but it strongly recommends they do.
Few drivers have divulged their vaccination status. Previously, Logano revealed he got the vaccine after NASCAR sidelined Corey Lajoie at Michigan, The Charlotte Observer reported. But Logano added that he also got vaccinated to protect his pregnant wife.
Whereas Lajoie did not test positive for the virus, NASCAR has strict rules for unvaccinated drivers and team members exposed to the virus. The rules are more stringent for the unvaccinated than for the vaccinated.
According to USA Today, Logano is one of only a few of NASCAR’s biggest names to reveal they’ve gotten the jab. Most have remained silent or cited privacy reasons.
“I look at all of that stuff as very personal, very choice-driven, and nobody needs to know what people’s choices are,” Kyle Busch said. “But now everybody’s asking for vaccination status cards and everything and where you go, so I guess HIPAA doesn’t exist anymore,” referring to the federal rule protecting patient privacy.
“That’s like me asking you if you’ve had a vasectomy,” Arik Almirola remarked, according to AP News.
NASCAR’s latest COVID-19 policies
NASCAR has made amendments to its coronavirus policies based on advice from the organization’s top physicians and medical experts. Some protocols are as follows:
- Guests are prohibited from accessing garage stalls and team haulers.
- Until further communication, guests have been suspended from accessing the grid. Only NASCAR-licensed persons are allowed that access.
- Drivers’ movement will be planned to avoid casual contact with fans.
- The media doesn’t have access to garage stalls or team haulers.
NASCAR’s medical staff also keeps a file containing the vaccination status of all drivers. Therefore, the league is aware of drivers’ vaccination status but does not reveal the verification process.