Gibbs Racing to announce Logano as full-time No. 20 driver on Monday

Updated: August 23, 2008, 8:01 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Joe Gibbs Racing has called a 2 p.m. Monday news conference to introduce Joey Logano as the full-time driver of the No. 20 next season, according to a racing source.

The 18-year-old phenom will replace Tony Stewart, who will be a driver-owner at Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009.

JGR president J.D. Gibbs reiterated what he has said from the beginning, that he wouldn't rush Logano into Cup until he is ready. At the same time he reminded that Logano is "very gifted'' and that Stewart and Denny Hamlin have had successful Cup careers without having Cup experience.

"We still aren't ready to come out and say here's definitely the plan,'' Gibbs said. "So Monday is our press conference.''

Gibbs also would not acknowledge that Home Depot will be on the car even though it has another year on its contract with JGR or that Greg Zipadelli would stay on as crew chief of the 20.

But he did acknowledge that Home Depot has been a great partner "so we'd love to see that go on.''

The move has long been anticipated, and the only thing that was uncertain was when it would be announced.

Logano is expected to make his Sprint Cup debut at Richmond in three weeks.

Logano, who made his debut this season on the Nationwide Series, has three top-five finishes -- including a victory in the Meijer 300 in June -- in nine starts.

David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at dnewtonespn@aol.com.

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