Joey Hand

joey-handBMW and Joey Hand have enjoyed a prof­itable part­ner­ship for several years, and will continue to work together in 2011. The Amer­ican lines up along­side his German team­mate Dirk Müller for BMW Team RLL in the Amer­ican Le Mans Series. Their goal is clear: to launch an attack on the Drivers’ title.

The two drivers showed just how well they jell together in 2010, when the German-American duo claimed a pres­ti­gious win in Road America in the #90 BMW M3 GT2. Three further podium finishes and joint success in winning the GT Team and Manu­fac­turer titles rounded off an excel­lent season.

Motor­sport is a family tradi­tion in the Hand house­hold. His father made a name for himself as a successful stock car driver. Son Joey launched his career in karting and racing in Sprint Cars, which enjoys great popu­larity in North America. In 1998 he took the step up to single-seater racing. Following a year’s appren­tice­ship, he won the Formula Mazda series in just his second season.

Unfor­tu­nately, the joy over his title win was short lived. Hand broke his elbow in a karting acci­dent at the end of the season. However, the injury did not prevent Hand from emerging as the winner of the Team USA Schol­ar­ship program just months later. He moved up to Toyota Atlantic compe­ti­tion in 2001, finishing third in the cham­pi­onship and notching back-to-back wins in Vancouver and Houston. He started the 2002 season in fine fashion, winning the pole in Long Beach, but was injured in a crash at Milwaukee that side­lined him for the season.

2004 brought with it a new start with BMW on the GT racing scene. Hand ended his debut season in the Grand-Am Series with one win and six podium finishes to his name. He notched up a further four victo­ries the following season, before he joined Bill Auberlen in a BMW M3 in the Amer­ican Le Mans Series, finishing the season in sixth. After a stint with Panoz, Hand returned to BMW in 2009. Together with Auberlen he helped BMW Team RLL to its first victory in the GT class, a pole posi­tion, and the fastest lap in Mid-Ohio. He helped them to another win in 2010 at Road America, and was a key part of the squad that won the Team and Manufacturer’s cham­pi­onships in 2010.