Joseph F. Hand (born February 10, 1979) is an American professional racing driver who competes in sports car racing as a Ford factory driver. A former champion of the Star Mazda Series, Hand is the co-winner of the 2011 24 Hours of Daytona driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, the 2012 12 Hours of Sebring GT class for BMW Team Rahal, and the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans LMGTE Pro class for Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA driving the Ford GT and part-time in the NASCAR Cup Series driving the No. 15 for Rick Ware Racing.

Racing 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.[1]

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.[1]

Grand-Am, ALMS and IMSA

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.[1] 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,[2] while in 2009, he won the first pole position for a BMW in eight years in the ALMS at Road America.[3]

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.[4] The following month the BMW Motorsport team he drove for won the GT class of the 2011 12 Hours of Sebring.[5] Later he joined the BMW Motorsport factory team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where he finished third in the GTE-Pro class driving again a BMW M3. Also in 2011, Hand competed full-time at the Grand-Am Sports Car Challenge for Turner, resulting in runner-up with Michael Marsal as a teammate.

Hand returned to BMW Rahal for the 2012 American Le mans Series season. He again won the GT class at the 12 Hours of Sebring and took three podiums out of seven appearances. Meanwhile, he resulted sixth overall at the 24 Hours of Daytona driving a Ganassi BMW.

In the 2013 ALMS season, the driver got a second-place class finish and two-fourths out of six appearances for BMW Rahal with a BMW Z4 de Rahal. Again he raced for Ganassi at the 24 Hours of Daytona and later the Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis.

As the new United SportsCar Championship launched in 2014, Hand resulted second in the GTLM class at the 24 Hours of Daytona and third at the 12 Hours of Sebring for BMW Rahal.

In 2016, Hand joined the Ford factory program for the IMSA 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He was reunited with teammate Dirk Müller, while Sébastien Bourdais joined the team for the endurance races including Le Mans. Hand, Müller, and Bourdais went on to win the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LMGTE Pro category while driving the 2017 Ford GT LME GTE-Pro.

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.[6] finishing 4th with co-driver James Moffat In November, he drove a DTM car for the first time, testing for BMW at Circuito Monteblanco in Spain.[7]

On October 5, 2021, Rick Ware Racing announced that Hand would make his NASCAR debut in the NASCAR Cup Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.[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] In three seasons he had a best race result of 5th at Brand Hatch and a best season result of 12th, both in 2013.

Personal life

Born in Sacramento, California,[11] Hand and his wife, Natalie, have two children.[1]

Motorsports career results

American open–wheel racing results

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

Atlantic Championship

Formula Atlantic results
Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2001 DSTP Motorsports LBH
3
NAZ
9
MIL
12
MTL
Ret
CLE
2
TOR
5
CHI
10
TRR
3
ROA
3
VAN
1
HOU
1
LS
2
3rd 129
2002 DSTP Motorsports MTY
3
LBH
Ret
MIL LS POR CHI TOR CLE TRR
9
ROA
5
MTL
4
DEN
Ret
12th 45
2003 DSTP Motorsports MTY
Ret
LBH
7
MIL
9
LS
10
POR
2
CLE
10
TOR
6
TRR
4
MDO
4
MTL
5
DEN
9
MIA
6
7th 108
2004 Polestar Motor Racing LBH MTY MIL POR1 POR2 CLE TOR VAN ROA DEN MTL LS
9
20th 13

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
pos.
2011 Germany BMW Motorsport United Kingdom Andy Priaulx
Germany Dirk Müller
BMW M3 GT2 GTE
Pro
313 15th 3rd
2016 United States Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA France Sébastien Bourdais
Germany Dirk Müller
Ford GT GTE
Pro
340 18th 1st
2017 United States Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Brazil Tony Kanaan
Germany Dirk Müller
Ford GT GTE
Pro
339 22nd 6th
2018 United States Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Germany Dirk Müller
France Sébastien Bourdais
Ford GT GTE
Pro
343 17th 3rd
2019 United States Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Germany Dirk Müller
France Sébastien Bourdais
Ford GT GTE
Pro
342 DSQ DSQ

Complete DTM results

(key)

Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters results
Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos. Pts
2012 BMW Team RMG BMW M3 DTM HOC
13
LAU
14
BRH
13
SPL
9
NOR
14
NÜR
18
ZAN
14
OSC
11
VAL
15†
HOC
8
20th 6
2013 BMW Team RBM BMW M3 DTM HOC
7
BRH
5
SPL
Ret
LAU
15
NOR
8
MSC
7
NÜR
Ret
OSC
16
ZAN
7
HOC
20
12th 32
2014 BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM HOC
10
OSC
15
HUN
15
NOR
7
MSC
17
SPL
12
NÜR
14
LAU
11
ZAN
10
HOC
15
20th 8

Complete IMSA SportsCar Championship results

(key)(Races in bold indicate pole position, Results are overall/class)

Year Team Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
2015 Chip Ganassi Racing P Ford EcoBoost Riley DP Ford Ecoboost 3.5 L V6 Turbo DAY
6
SIR
4
LBH
2
LGA
7
DET
4
WGL
2
MSP
6
ELK
3
COA
1
PET
2
4th 301

NASCAR

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Cup Series

NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NCSC Pts Ref
2021 Rick Ware Racing 52 Ford DAY DAY HOM LVS PHO ATL BRI MAR RCH TAL KAN DAR DOV COA CLT SON NSH POC POC ROA ATL NHA GLN IND MCH DAY DAR RCH BRI LVS TAL CLT
27
TEX KAN MAR PHO 35th 10 [12]
2022 15 DAY CAL LVS PHO ATL COA
35
RCH MAR BRI TAL DOV DAR KAN CLT GTW SON
20
NSH ROA
21
ATL NHA POC IND
29
MCH RCH GLN DAY DAR KAN BRI TEX TAL CLT LVS HOM MAR PHO -* -*

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Joey Hand Racing official website". Retrieved January 31, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ McCurdy, Rob (August 6, 2010). "ALMS driver recalls crash". The Bucyrus Telegraph. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  3. ^ ALMS Communications (August 15, 2009). "ALMS: De Ferran Acura Claims Road America Pole". SPEED Channel. Archived from the original on March 14, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  4. ^ Dagys, John (January 30, 2011). "ROLEX 24: Ganassi Goes Big With Rolex 1-2". SPEED Channel. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
  5. ^ Priaulx enjoys winning start, Press Association, March 20, 2011, Retrieved March 21, 2011
  6. ^ "V8: BMW's Joey Hand, Dirk Muller, Andy Priaulx In For GC600". SPEED Channel. June 10, 2011. Archived from the original on August 18, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  7. ^ Weeks, James (November 18, 2011). "ALMS star Hand gets maiden DTM run". motorstv.com. Motors TV. Archived from the original on November 20, 2011. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
  8. ^ Estrada, Chris (October 5, 2021). "Former Le Mans winner set for NASCAR debut at Charlotte Roval". NBC Sports. Comcast.
  9. ^ "Hand Joins DTM". Web. Archived from the original on December 6, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  10. ^ "Hand Across The Water". Road & Track. 64 (5): 13. January 2013.
  11. ^ "Joey Hand". Grand American Road Racing. Archived from the original on February 4, 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  12. ^ "Joey Hand – 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved December 25, 2021.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ian Lacy
Star Mazda Championship Champion
1999
Succeeded by
Bernardo Martinez