Episode 52, Car driver Joey Hand talks racing, family

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Joey Hand is among the country’s most versatile race car drivers. He’s competed as a solo driver on more than a half-dozen series through the years, the American LeMans Series to Formula BMW and Toyota Atlantic to Star Mazda.

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Like his father, Hand began his career in kart racing. Hand’s son is now the family’s third generation in racing and is also involved in kart racing.

Sacramento race car driver Joe Hand will compete Sept. 7-9 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Sacramento race car driver Joey Hand will compete Sept. 7-9 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Hand, 39, from Sacramento, currently a Ford Factory driver, is our guest on Episode 52 of The Weekly Driver Podcast.

Co-hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia discuss with Hand his versatile victories in the 24-Hour of LeMans, Rolex 24 at Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. We also discuss Hand’s current successful season and the season-ending finale.

In what he describes as his home race course, Hand will race Sept. 7-9 in the IMSA Weather Tech SportsCar Championship series at Laguna Seca Raceway in Salinas. He’s currently in third place in the standings.

When he’s not competing, Hand’s supports his son Chase (age 11) when he races throughout the West Coast.

Joey Hand is also an Internet phenomenon. A video showing his car crash and repeated flips during a 2006 race in Lexington, Kentucky, is viral. It’s often referenced when Hand, who suffered no major injuries in the crash, meets fans at races.

Hand also discusses raising his son during the podcast episode, details participating at the highest levels of racing and discusses endurance racing when a vehicle has multiple drivers.

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