Kazunori Yamauchi vs. NASCAR Driver Joey Logano in GT5

September 3rd, 2010 by Jordan Greer

Kazunori Yamauchi went head-to-head in a fastest lap shootout with NASCAR driver Joey Logano at a private Gamestop manager’s convention just last week. Logano managed to best Yamauchi’s time on Tokyo R246, winning everyone in attendance will get a free copy of GT5 come November. Thanks to Bryan Cook of Logano’s team, Joe Gibbs Racing, for capturing this video of the event and sharing it with GTPlanet!

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  1. Sep. 3, 6:44pm

    I would imagine every manager of GS was getting a copy free anyway ;)

    But pretty cool event and looks like it was fun. I wonder how much practice that guy had before laying down that time (GT5 practice I mean)

  2. Sep. 3, 3:37pm

    Can’t wait for my GT5 poster signed by Kaz that my manager got me.

  3. Sep. 3, 3:02pm

    Jordan, I think you should update the article, he drove the FT-86 G Sport in the game not his NASCAR car.

  4. Sep. 3, 2:35pm

    Uh, that’s a cup car. Nationwide spoilers are either curved, or have the rabbit ears on the new one, that one has a flat spoiler and the “shelf” style splitter. Why would they unveil the gamestop cup car. And have him show up in a nationwide car?

    • Sep. 3, 4:06pm
      Sam__ NY

      Because the livery they showed on the cup car in GT5 was taken from a Nationwide car (as stated on Gamestop.com). He’s driving the new Toyota Camry Nationwide car. (which, your right, does look a lot like the Cup car) You can tell by the sloping head lights.

  5. Sep. 3, 2:33pm
    ferhound psnid

    He choose manual transmission, but during the race it was automatic??? o_O

  6. Sep. 3, 2:01pm

    Hugo, smoke’em if you gott’em!!…and then pass!!!

    • Sep. 3, 3:52pm

      lol that’s funny. I actually rarely get to smoke but I support it & this is my PSN name so

  7. Sep. 3, 1:36pm

    Im actually disturbed by this video. Ok, it was an early build, but it still should have been top notch. So, you have a game that is taking on NASCAR for the first time ever, you have a demo track called Indy, you have stock cars, and you have a chance to challenge Logano. WHY ON EARTH werent they driving the stock cars at Indy and compare lap times there? That tells me Kaz doesnt think his NASCAR measures up if a real driver had a crack at it, and didnt want to risk a comment from Joey questioning it in front of fans at a convention. And THAT speaks plenty IMO about the quality of the NASCAR product in this game if Kaz is afraid to show it off with a real NASCAR driver at hand. Yeah, it was an early build, everyones demo excuse these days, but it still should have been light years ahead of what was basically a GT4 race on stage.

    • Sep. 3, 1:49pm

      what did you not see that Logano picked the track & knows the game? troll. plus I could care less about NASCAR but if the physics are good in regular racing why would NASCAR be any different. stop whining. troll

    • Sep. 3, 2:25pm

      It was STILL BS. You’re a NASCAR driver, and you dont race your own brand car on your own series track? I doubt he’d even touched the game before that. Him not picking NASCAR and Indy was fixed IMO.

    • Sep. 3, 2:31pm
      Sam__ NY

      I think he wanted to prove he could make right and left turns.

    • Sep. 3, 3:50pm

      well his car is a preorder bonus dlc car from gamestop along with a McLaren F1 & I doubt it was in the demo so maybe he didn’t want to use a different drivers car? idk but it makes sense that he also wanted people to see he could take right turns

  8. Sep. 3, 12:38pm
    Magic Ayrton

    2 more months… How can I survive???

  9. Sep. 3, 12:25pm

    Wait.. Since when do NAASCARs have brake lights???

    • Sep. 3, 6:32pm
      Big Ron

      It is a promotion car, not a real NASCAR car.

  10. Sep. 3, 12:13pm

    Beast mode

  11. Sep. 3, 12:00pm

    Article said that all attendees received a copy of GT5….if thats true, pretty lucky peeps! Anyway, I wait with great anticipation!

  12. Sep. 3, 11:26am
    Magic Ayrton

    Not an early release, I doubt it, they will get a copy when it releases in November 2020.

  13. Sep. 3, 11:13am

    The only thing I don’t like is that others were given an early release copy of GT5! I mean seriously, how much Subway can I eat to get a copy! I’m alone responsible for their stocks uptick!! lol Come on Nov 2., my flux capacitor sucks! Anyway, Peace.

    • Sep. 3, 6:57pm

      They get a copy WHEN IT COMES OUT.

      And, I work across from a Subway. I go get medium drinks from there every day. At least I don’t have to spend all that money on to buy sandwiches to get codes…

  14. Sep. 3, 10:57am

    why dont no one tell us about whne this stuff is going down.. dammm

    • Sep. 3, 12:09pm

      As was mentioned in the article, this was a private event for managers of Gamestop stores.

  15. Sep. 3, 10:26am

    Kaz went easy on him…

  16. Sep. 3, 9:52am

    If the Driving Force GT is good enough for Joey Logano, it’s good enough for me!

    Also, I hope my driving force GT actually works, it’s been sitting in the closet for 2.5 years while PD come over all perfectionist. I wonder what the warranty is on it.

    • Sep. 3, 10:36am
      Magic Ayrton

      You should have played GT5 prologue with it!

  17. Sep. 3, 9:37am

    Wait…the cup car he drove in with had lights…anyone notice that that’s unusual?

    • Sep. 3, 12:57pm

      Yeah I also was wondered about that…

    • Sep. 3, 2:27pm
      Sam__ NY

      It wasn’t a Cup car, it was a Nationwide car (Which is the NASCAR equivalent of a GP2 car). It had head lights because when NASCAR has driver appearances, they need to make the cars street legal (So it’s just a promotional thing). A real Cup and/or Nationwide car does not have head lights, just stickers.

  18. Sep. 3, 7:21am

    WTF is Kaz doing at 0:51? lol
    He’s all like “Yeah, dig it homies. I Made you wait longer for this” :P

    • Sep. 3, 9:12am

      haha! :) he reminded me Kevin Buttler shooting with hand! lmao.

  19. Sep. 3, 7:19am

    “winning everyone in attendance a free copy of GT5.”

    I know it’s a stupid question but did they received a copy of the game at the same day or once its out? I know know its a stupid question but what if it’s real lol

    • Sep. 3, 12:10pm

      They’ll get a copy of the game for free when it’s released.

  20. Sep. 3, 7:06am

    The homeschooler wins. Nice to see Joey Logano’s Gamestop NASCAR car will be in GT5. In fact, I believe I’ll be getting it along with the McLaren F1 as it’s considered a pre-order bonus car.

    • Sep. 3, 9:16am
      Kart Racer 24

      same here. i can’t wait but i didn’t notice what car he was driving, it sounded a bit like a his cup car and when it hit 5th gear i was scared. sorry to anyone if i sound stupid right know lol

    • Sep. 3, 9:20am
      Kart Racer 24

      oh wait nevermind lol

  21. Sep. 3, 6:41am

    I don’t think Kaz would have pushed to the max – can’t have your new driver,Logano, lose in front of his sponsors

    • Sep. 3, 6:51am
      Gamer GT5

      I absolutely agree.

    • Sep. 3, 9:02am

      He was bumping all over the place!

  22. Sep. 3, 6:27am
    Pierced Lead

    This thing was so dramatized that I didn’t enjoy it.

    • Sep. 3, 8:18am

      This isn’t some key-note press event, it’s a publicity stunt to build hype with a bunch of 20-something GameStop managers (not you) who Sony and PD obviously are -very- interested in keeping entertained so the whole thing was more like a concert than a convention. No shit it’s gonna be “dramatized”

    • Sep. 3, 11:33am

      That’s because american’s go insanely overboard with anything ;)

  23. Sep. 3, 5:37am

    Would have been great to have seen Logano drive the nascar and compared it to real life with the G27. Maybe next time. Good to see the News rolling in.

  24. Sep. 3, 4:58am

    He was driving an FT-86G, not his Nascar

  25. Sep. 3, 4:01am

    Nice to see everybody so enthousiastic.

  26. Sep. 3, 3:09am
    Magic Ayrton


  27. Sep. 3, 2:59am

    Hey wait! Did KY drive the FT and Logano drive the Nascar? Cuz last time I checked Nascars only have 4 forward gears.

  28. Sep. 3, 2:55am

    I hope in GT5 there are events where you have to try and match laps from famous drivers like Loeb on a rally stage, this guy in NASCAR, Vettel in an F1 car, the Stig on the Top Gear track etc. Only problem is I’m not sure whether real life times would be comparable to GT5 times so maybe they would have to set the times on GT5?

    • Sep. 3, 3:34am

      yeah, i think gt5 is still far from being able to compare to the real thing. i mean until you can just race againt reallife times on the virtual tracks straight away. ;) or what about the datalogger? anyone?

    • Sep. 3, 3:54am

      GT4 was within .1 seconds of real times so, who knows. I mean to me, no offense to PD, driving in reality is much easier than in gt. Probably due to more feedback from the car and road as well as better precision across driving inputs.

    • Sep. 3, 8:13am

      It’s more that .1 of a second. Everyones seen that episode of Top Gear by now..surely.

    • Sep. 3, 11:01am

      The episode on top gear where GT4 was shown was J.K. is doing a lot of drift on the corners and it lost some time. I tried it in GT4 and got 1:46 lap. GT4 might not be accurate, but I’m prety sure it was only not accurate around few seconds. The Tsukuba lap GT4 vs real was quite accurate though.

    • Sep. 3, 2:40pm

      In that episode Clarkson states, as well as the instructor, that there are some aspects of GT4 that are off, like acceleration and braking through the corners. Clarkson states that he believes the car to be fully capable of achieving that lap time, but that he wouldn’t be able to do it because he’s not “crazy” like race car drivers are. He can’t overcome the need for selfpreservation (which he makes apparent on the corkscrew) and therefore can’t really draw out the potential of that pretty blue NSX.

  29. Sep. 3, 2:54am

    The tire screeching is much better this time through. Engine seems off but between sound quality through compression and the history of that argument the true sound is still up in the air. That was good though. Btw, has Nascar adopted head and brake lights? If not, why? Or is that machine a one off mod?

    • Sep. 3, 8:04am

      It looks to be a one-off car made specifically for road legal use (notice it has an illuminated licence plate). I’m sure Gamestop totes that thing all over the place for publicity.

  30. Sep. 3, 2:50am

    We got to meet Joey at MIS through Lucky Dog Speedway Charities. I asked when he was going to be driving the GT5 car. He looked at me as if he had no clue what I was talking about. I’m sure this event sparked his memory of visiting with the kids at Michigan. Check my Facebook page for pix from that weekend :)

  31. Sep. 3, 2:39am

    Thats so cool..

    They could have at least remove the 2:00 limit, even though it wasnt needed.. Does that mean its an older build?

    • Sep. 3, 2:56am


    • Sep. 3, 2:59am

      Its the E3 build, not the gamescom build, so yes it is older. The lambo video from the previous post doesnt have skidmarks…

    • Sep. 3, 3:31am

      no, it means that they didnt want to spend too much time playing.

  32. Sep. 3, 2:36am

    Uh oh… The infamous “5th gear” appears again…

    • Sep. 3, 2:44am

      Does the FT-86 not have 5th gear?

    • Sep. 3, 2:57am

      I dont know waht you are talking about because the TopGear test track is in the game and i’d think the FT-86 has atleast 5 gears and it wasn’t showed in this video. unless it was one of the other cars but they used a nascar so… WTF are you on about?

    • Sep. 3, 3:03am

      Oh wow… I just failed… for some reason I was thinking stock car… boy I hate being sick… makes my mind all wonky

    • Sep. 3, 3:03am

      there be some confusion between the FT-86 and the Nascar. Something is off.

    • Sep. 3, 3:23am

      Lol I love it when people make fools of themselves on the internet and then make up excuses like “I hate being sick…makes my mind all wonky”. What an idiot.

    • Sep. 3, 7:22am

      Dude ease off the guy… it is only a forum, and as if someone wouldnt have mistakenly thought they were racing NASCARs?

    • Sep. 3, 7:56am

      Yeah, at least he admitted he was wrong so chill out.

    • Sep. 3, 11:51am

      F.G., I just love it when somebody calls somebody else an idiot and everybody around knows who the real idiot is…

  33. Sep. 3, 2:36am

    Logano is a tool.

    • Sep. 3, 11:36am

      “everyone in attendance gets a copy of GT5! ”
      what that means
      everyone who was on this show ? If yes then it is not a clever idea and unfair
      PD,Sony we know that you are very friendly and that you love your players but stop that , you can give mod nation racers XD but not GT5

    • Sep. 3, 12:36pm
      Magic Ayrton

      It would appear that you are an even bigger tool though :/

    • Sep. 3, 5:44pm

      lol now there is a free version :/ PD is going all out on these special/ signiture/ free editions XD

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