The Legend of Joey Hand

Joey Hand made his move to sportscars after three seasons in Toyota Atlantic competition, and has been winning races and competing for titles ever since.

Motorsport is a family tradition in the Hand household. His father made a name for himself as a successful stock car driver. Soon after, Joey would launch his career in karting before taking a step up to single–seater racing.

2004 brought a new start for BMW on the GT racing scene. Hand ended his debut season in the Grand–Am Series with one win and six podium finishes. After a stint with Panoz, Hand returned to BMW in 2009. Together with Auberlen he helped the team to its first victory in the GT class, a pole position, and the fastest lap in Mid-Ohio.

Hand enjoyed a year of firsts in 2011. Starting with an overall win in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the 32-year old Californian added a 12 Hours of Sebring victory with BMW teammates Dirk Müller and Andy Priaulx. Hand and Müller would go on to two more GT wins and an additional three podiums, shared at the ALMS GT Driver's championship. Hand also earned his first start at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing third with Müller and Priaulx.

"I'm a big fan of Joey, He's worked hard to get to where he is. He's a hell of a driver, but more than that, he's a heck of a teammate." - Bobby Rahal

Career Highlights

  • 2016

    Chip Ganassi Racing - Class win at the Le Mans 24 Hours on the 50th anniversary of Ford's win over Ferrari.


    DTM BMW Team RBM - Five top 10 finishes including 8th place at Norisring, 7th at Hockenheim, Moscow, and Zandvoort and 5th place at Brands Hatch finishing 12th in points.

  • 2012

    DTM BMW Team RBM - First full time American driver. 20th place DTM (BMW), ALMS 1st place 12 hour race Sebring (GT class), ALMS 2nd place Long Beach GP (GT class), 7th place American Le Mans Series points (GT class)


    ALMS GT - 1st Place Sebring 12 Hours, Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan Racing. 1st Place Long Beach Grand Prix. 3rd Place Le Mans 24, 1st Place Lime Rock, 3rd Place Road America, 2nd Place Baltimore GP, 2nd Place Laguna Seca, Eight Consecutive Pole Positions. 2011 GT Driver Co-Champion.

  • 2011

    Grand Am Rolex Sportscar Series - 1st Place Rolex 24 Hours, Daytona Prototypes co-driving for Team Ganassi with Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Graham Rahal.


    ALMS GT - Rahal-Letterman Racing, Dirk Muller Co-Driver, four podium finishes including 1st at Road America & 3rd at Sebring. Turner Motorsports Continental Tire Challenge Series resulting in six podium trips, 1st at Limerock and VIR. Turner Motor-sports Grand-Am GT win at Mid-Ohio and 2nd at Daytona.

  • 2009

    ALMS GT -Rahal-Letterman Racing, Bill Auberlen Co-Driver, two podium finishes and one pole including 1st at Road America & 3rd at Limerock Park. Also drove for Turner Motorsports in the Koni Challenge Series resulting in four podium trips, 1st at Limerock, 2nd at New Jersey, 3rd at The Glen.


    Grand-Am Rolex Sportscar Series DP - Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing / Alex Job Racing, Bill Auberlen co-driver. Seven top-ten finishes including 2nd in Miami, 3rd in New Jersey and 4th at historic Watkins Glen.

  • 2007

    ALMS GT - One podium with Panoz Team PTG; Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series DP - three races with Luggage Express Team Sigalsport; KONI Challenge Series GS - two wins (VIR, Miller Motorsports Park) with Turner Motorsports; SPEED World Challenge Touring Car - one win (Mid-Ohio) with BimmerWorld.


    ALMS GT - three podiums with BMW Team PTG


    Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series GT - four wins (Fontana, Mont-Tremblant, Daytona, and Barber), eight podiums with BMW Team PTG

  • 2004

    Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series GT - one win (Watkins Glen), six podiums with BMW Team PTG.


    CART Toyota Atlantic Championship - two wins, eight podiums, two poles with DSTP Motorsports; Jovy Marscelo Sportsmanship Award (2003); seventh in Drivers' Championship(2003); Gilles Villenueve Award(2002); 12th place in Drivers' Championship (2002) - missed half the season with an injury; Rookie of the Year (2001); third place in Drivers' Championship (2001); candidate for Red Bull F1 driver search.

  • 1999-2000

    Valvoline Team USA - One of six chosen from USA to travel to England and compete in the Formula Palmer Audi series; One of two awarded to run the Formula Palmer Audi Winter Series.


    Formula Mazda Pro Series - West Coast Series Champion; Best Western Series Champion; eight wins; eight poles.


    Formula Mazda Pro Series - fourth in Drivers' Championship; one win; Rookie of the Year

  • 1997

    Team Green Academy - one of 150 candidates chosen; one of 25 selected and tested; one of the "Final Five" chosen to return for a week of further testing.


    Pro Karting - three U.S. Championships; seven National Championships; three National Poles (Screaming Eagles); five California State Championships; 10 Nor- Cal Championships; eight Pro-Money race Championships.