Joey Hand

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Joey Hand
JoeyHandHungaroringDTM2014.jpg
NationalityAmerican
Born (1979-02-10) February 10, 1979 (age 40)
Sacramento, California, United States
DTM career
Debut season 2012
Current team BMW Team RBM
Car no.4
Former teams BMW Team RMG
Starts27
Championships0
Wins0
Poles0
Fastest laps1
Best finish12th in 2013
Finished last season12th (32 pts)
Previous series
2006-2013
2004
2001-2004
2000
1998-1999
2004-2013
American LeMans Series
Formula BMW USA
Toyota Atlantic
Formula Palmer Audi
Star Mazda
Grand-Am
Championship titles
1999
2011
Star Mazda Series
American Le Mans Series GT
Awards
2017

2011
2011
2012
2001
2000
1998
24 Hours of Daytona GTLM winner
24 Hours of Daytona DP winner
12 Hours of Sebring GT winner
12 Hours of Sebring GT winner
Toyota Atlantic Rookie of the Year
Team USA Scholarship
Star Mazda Rookie of the Year
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years 2011, 2016
Teams BMW Motorsport, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing
Best finish1st in GTE Pro (2016)
Class wins1

Joey Hand (born February 10, 1979) is an American professional racing driver, and is currently a Ford 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, 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.

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Personal life

Born in Sacramento, California, [1] Hand and his wife, Natalie, have two children. [2]

Sacramento, California State capital and city of California, United States

Sacramento is the capital city of the U.S. state of California and the seat of Sacramento County. Located at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River in Northern California's Sacramento Valley, Sacramento's estimated 2018 population of 501,334 makes it the sixth-largest city in California and the ninth largest capital in the United States. Sacramento is the seat of the California Legislature and the Governor of California, making it the state's political center and a hub for lobbying and think tanks. Sacramento is also the cultural and economic core of the Sacramento metropolitan area, which had a 2010 population of 2,414,783, making it the fifth largest in California.

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]

Kart racing motorsport

Kart racing or karting is a variant of motorsport road racing with open-wheel, four-wheeled vehicles called known as go-karts or shifter karts. They are usually raced on scaled-down circuits, although some professional kart racing are also raced in full-size motorsport circuits. Karting is commonly perceived as the stepping stone to the higher ranks of motorsports, with former Formula One champions such as Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher having begun their careers in karting.

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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, 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. [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]

Rolex Sports Car Series

The Rolex Sports Car Series was the premier series run by the Grand American Road Racing Association. It was a North American-based sports car series founded in 2000 under the name Grand American Road Racing Championship to replace the failed United States Road Racing Championship. Rolex took over as series sponsor in 2002.

Daytona Prototype

A Daytona Prototype is a type of sports prototype racing car developed specifically for the Grand American Road Racing Association's Rolex Sports Car Series as their top class of car, which replaced their main prototype racing class, specifically Le Mans Prototypes (LMPs). The cars later competed in the merged series of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. They are named after the main series event, the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

BMW automotive brand, manufacturer, and conglomerate

BMW AG is a German multinational company which currently produces automobiles and motorcycles, and also produced aircraft engines until 1945.

Hand's 2011 BMW for Turner Motorsport GT94 Bill Auberlen Paul Dalla Lana Joey Hand 2011 Road America.jpg
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] 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 runner-up with Michael Marsal as teammate.

Scott Pruett American racecar driver

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Graham Rahal American racecar driver

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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.

At 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.

For 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 Andy Prialux Dirk Muller Joey Hand BMW Motorsport LMGTE Pro BMW M3 Le Mans 2011.jpg
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 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] In three seasons he had a best race result of 5th at Brand Hatch and a best season result of 12th, both in 2013.

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
YearTeam123456789101112RankPoints
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
3rd129
2002 DSTP Motorsports MTY
3
LBH
Ret
MIL LS POR CHI TOR CLE TRR
9
ROA
5
MTL
4
DEN
Ret
12th45
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
7th108
2004 Polestar Motor Racing LBH MTY MIL POR1 POR2 CLE TOR VAN ROA DEN MTL LS
9
20th13

24 Hours of Le Mans results

YearTeamCo-DriversCarClassLapsPos.Class
Pos.
2011 Flag of Germany.svg BMW Motorsport Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Priaulx
Flag of Germany.svg Dirk Müller
BMW M3 GT2 GTE
Pro
31315th3rd
2016 Flag of the United States.svg Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Flag of France.svg Sébastien Bourdais
Flag of Germany.svg Dirk Müller
Ford GT GTE
Pro
34018th1st
2017 Flag of the United States.svg Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Flag of Brazil.svg Tony Kanaan
Flag of Germany.svg Dirk Müller
Ford GT GTE
Pro
33922nd6th
2018 Flag of the United States.svg Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Flag of Germany.svg Dirk Müller
Flag of France.svg Sébastien Bourdais
Ford GT GTE
Pro
34317th3rd
2019 Flag of the United States.svg Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Flag of Germany.svg Dirk Müller
Flag of France.svg Sébastien Bourdais
Ford GT GTE
Pro
342DSQDSQ

Complete DTM results

(key)

Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters results
YearTeamCar12345678910Pos.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
20th6
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
12th32
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
20th8

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