First time at the Charlotte Roval
Sports car ace Joey Hand will make his NASCAR Cup Series debut this weekend at the Charlotte Roval, driving a Ford Mustang for Rick Ware Racing.
"I come from a road racing background and have followed Joey’s career forever, so it’s very exciting to be able to have another driver make their Cup Series debut with RWR, especially with someone of his stature," said Rick Ware. "This is a good chance for us to see where our program is at when it comes to road courses. Having someone of Joey’s caliber will serve as a good benchmark, for sure."
Hand, a former Chip Ganassi Racing driver, began an association with Ford in 2015. That year, he became a full-time driver for Ganassi and finished fourth in the IMSA Prototype standings while teamed with Scott Pruett.
"We value everything that Joey contributed to our GT program and have tried to keep him involved in our motorsports program ever since as a coach for our NASCAR drivers and as a product ambassador for the Ford GT," said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. "We view Joey as being one of the best road racers in the world and appreciate NASCAR working with us to get him approved for competition this weekend. We’re confident he’s going to do a great job. He has great respect for the sport and the competitors in NASCAR."