Joey Hand

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Joey Hand
Nationality American
Born (1979-02-10) February 10, 1979 (age 38)
Sacramento, California, United States
DTM career
Debut season 2012
Current team BMW Team RBM
Car no. 4
Former teams BMW Team RMG
Starts 27
Championships 0
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 1
Best finish 12th in 2013
Finished last season 12th (32 pts)
Previous series
American LeMans Series
Formula BMW USA
Toyota Atlantic
Formula Palmer Audi
Star Mazda
Championship titles
Star Mazda Series
American Le Mans Series GT

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
Star Mazda Rookie of the Year
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years 2011, 2016
Teams BMW Motorsport, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing
Best finish 1st in GTE Pro (2016)
Class wins 1

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.

Personal life[edit]

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


Early career[edit]

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, ALMS and IMSA[edit]

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] 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.

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 ovarall 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[edit]

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]


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[edit]

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

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

Barber Dodge Pro Series[edit]

Atlantic Championship[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

V8 Supercar results[edit]

Complete DTM results[edit]


* Season still in progress.


  1. ^ "Joey Hand". Grand American Road Racing. Archived from the original on 2011-02-04. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Joey Hand Racing official website". Retrieved 2011-01-31. [permanent dead link]
  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. Archived from the original on March 14, 2012. 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. Archived from the original on 2011-08-18. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  8. ^ Weeks, James (18 November 2011). "ALMS star Hand gets maiden DTM run". Motors TV. Archived from the original on 20 November 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Hand Joins DTM". Web. Archived from the original on 6 December 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Hand Across The Water". Road & Track. 64 (5): 13. January 2013. 

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