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April 2, 2008 1:17 PM

Get to Know: Joey Cohen, Engineer on the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion

Name: Joey Cohen

Team: #16 NASCAR Nationwide Series

Position: Engineer

Hometown: Chesapeake, VA

Birthdate: July 15, 1984

Years in racing: 15 years: 12 years driving go-karts, trucks, legends cars, & late models / 3 years working in NASCAR

Years at Roush: 1 year

Favorite track: Richmond International Raceway / O’Reilly Raceway Park

Least favorite track: Watkins Glen

Favorite racing memory: The overall experience of racing growing up. Winning championships and racing was always fun but spending time with my Dad at the track on a weekly basis growing up helped form the bond we have today and instilled the foundation to make racing a way of life for me to this day. 

First job: Working for Joey Corporation, my Dad’s construction company in Southeast Virginia building custom homes.

Favorite restaurant on the road: Anywhere there is an Outback Steakhouse is great

If you could have Mike Helton’s job for one day, what NASCAR rule(s) would you change?

It is hard to say really. You are never going to please everyone no matter what you do. I think the COT program is the greatest thing NASCAR has done for the competitiveness of the racing and putting the driver back into the equation. On the Nationwide side, I think the tapered spacer was a rule that could have been thought out better with subtle adjustments to aerodynamics such as the spoilers and changes to the tires to slow the cars down. We now run faster corner speeds then we ever have before due to the tapered spacer. 

If you didn’t work in racing, what would you be doing?

I would probably have another type of engineering job or possibly working for my Dad’s construction company in Virginia. My real dream job would be to work in the front office of a Major League Baseball team as a GM. I love the strategy and intricacies of professional sports and the competitive environment.

Favorite sport/team: Baseball / New York Mets

Favorite movie: Oceans 11

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