BMW Motorsport Driver Joey Hand, 33, from Sacramento, Calif., is living proof that hard work, perseverance and talent are the primary attributes necessary to become a top-line professional driver. Hailing from a modest family background, Hand first sprung to prominence in karts, which he began racing at age 12. He made a rapid transition into cars, finishing second and claiming Rookie of the Year honors in the 1998 Star Mazda Championship, then winning the title in convincing fashion one year later.
After earning a Team USA Scholarship in 2000 and contesting the Formula Palmer Audi Autumn Trophy in England, Hand moved into the Atlantic Championship with DSTP Motorsports, earning top rookie honors in ’01. He then took advantage of an opportunity to move across to the sports car ranks with Team PTG and BMW.
Almost a decade later, Hand’s name is virtually synonymous with BMW. He has earned multiple wins in the American Le Mans Series and Rolex GT competition, including an ALMS GT2 championship and victory in the 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona. He was chosen by BMW to represent the marque on its return to the high-profile European DTM series last year, and was able to confirm yesterday that he will return for a second DTM campaign in 2013 alongside his various commitments in North America.
“I'm happy to be asked to do this and proud to do it,” said Hand, whose season will commence in earnest next week at Daytona when he suits up to drive for Chip Ganassi Racing in the ‘round-the-clock Rolex 24 sports car enduro. “When I was young and coming up, there was no program or website like SAFEisFAST but I had a lot of great people to bounce things off of and who gave me lots of support and knowledge, so I'm really looking forward to being able to give back a little bit and maybe help out some people who might be looking for answers.”
Joey Hand takes over the reigns as Online Driving Instructor. The BMW Motorsport driver will carry a dual role this year competing in the European DTM series and the American Le Mans Series. Here is your chance to receive advice from a talent who has risen from karting to the top levels in professional motorsports. Answers will be posted daily beginning January 21, just prior to Hand’s appearance in the Rolex 24 at Daytona with Chip Ganassi Racing.