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Joey Hand


Joey Hand (born February 10, 1979) is an American professional racing driver, and is currently a BMW factory driver. A former champion of the Star Mazda Series, Hand is best known as a sports car driver, and is co-winner of the 2011 24 Hours of Daytona driving for Chip Ganassi Racing and the 2012 12 Hours of Sebring GT class for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

Personal life

Born in Sacramento, California,[1] Hand is married to Natalie and has two children.[2]

Career

Early career

Hand began his career in kart racing, starting at the age of 12. Moving up to the Star Mazda Series in 1998, Hand won nine races in the series, winning the rookie of the year award in 1998 and the series championship in 1999.[2]

Following an injury that sidelined him for most of the 1999 season, Hand moved up to the Toyota Atlantic series in 2001, scoring two wins in three years spent in the series, with a best championship finish of third in 2001.[2]

Grand-Am and ALMS

Beginning with the 2004 season, Hand has raced in the Grand American Road Racing Association's Rolex Sports Car Series, racing in both the Grand Touring and Daytona Prototype classes, winning five times in the GT category while driving BMWs.[2] Hand has also raced sporadically in the American LeMans Series; in 2006, Hand was involved in a spectacular end-over-end crash at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course,[3] while in 2009, he won the first pole position for a BMW in eight years in the ALMS at Road America.[4]

Hand's 2011 BMW for Turner Motorsport

Driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, Hand, along with co-drivers Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Graham Rahal, won the 2011 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race at Daytona International Speedway, driving the #01 Riley-BMW Daytona Prototype. The team was set back by a pit road penalty while Hand was driving, however he was able to recover from the penalty for co-driver Pruett to take the car to victory.[5] The following month the BMW Motorsport team he drove for won the GT class of the 2011 12 Hours of Sebring.[6] Hand again won the GT class at the 2012 12 Hours of Sebring.

Other racing

Hand's 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans car

On October 22, 2011, Hand made his debut in the International V8 Supercars Championship, driving for Dick Johnson Racing in the Gold Coast 600.[7] finishing 4th with co-driver James Moffat (racing driver) In November, he drove a DTM car for the first time, testing for BMW at Circuito Monteblanco in Spain.[8]

DTM

On December 15, 2011, Hand was announced as one of BMW's factory drivers for the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, which saw him compete in the entire 2012 championship, alongside a limited-season American Le Mans Series campaign with BMW Team RLL.[9] He was the first American to have a full-season factory contract in the series since its inception in 1984.[10]

Motorsports career results

American open–wheel racing results

() (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Barber Dodge Pro Series

Atlantic Championship

24 Hours of Le Mans results

V8 Supercar results

Complete DTM results

()

* Season in progress.

References

  1. ^ "Joey Hand". Grand American Road Racing. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Joey Hand Racing official website". Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  3. ^ McCurdy, Rob (August 6, 2010). "ALMS driver recalls crash". The Bucyrus Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  4. ^ ALMS Communications (August 15, 2009). "ALMS: De Ferran Acura Claims Road America Pole". SPEED Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  5. ^ Dagys, John (January 30, 2011). "ROLEX 24: Ganassi Goes Big With Rolex 1-2". SPEED Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  6. ^ Priaulx enjoys winning start, Press Association, March 20, 2011, Retrieved 2011-03-21
  7. ^ "V8: BMW’s Joey Hand, Dirk Muller, Andy Priaulx In For GC600". SPEED Channel. 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  8. ^ Weeks, James (18 November 2011). "ALMS star Hand gets maiden DTM run". motorstv.com ( 
  9. ^ "Hand Joins DTM". Web. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Hand Across The Water".  

External links

  • Official website
  • Joey Hand driver statistics at Racing-Reference
  • Joey Hand at Driver Database
  • Video of the 2006 crash at "And they walked away..."
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ian Lacy
Star Mazda Championship Champion
1999
Succeeded by
Bernardo Martinez
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