Chesterland, Ohio (August 22, 2001) - Dede Rogers, owner of DSTP Motorsports, today announced that the team has re-signed driver Joey Hand to contest the 2002 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship series. Hand, 22, currently is the leading rookie and...
Chesterland, Ohio (August 22, 2001) - Dede Rogers, owner of DSTP Motorsports, today announced that the team has re-signed driver Joey Hand to contest the 2002 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship series. Hand, 22, currently is the leading rookie and maintains fourth overall in this year's championship by virtue of three podium finishes and one fastest race lap in the #27 DSTP Motorsports - BG Products Swift.
"Joey has certainly exceeded our expectations for his first year in the series," said Rogers, whose team captured the 2000 CART Toyota Atlantic title in its rookie season with driver Buddy Rice. "He's been an absolute delight to work with and his commitment to winning is second to none. We hope that next year will be our year, but in the meantime, we have a season to finish and a rookie of the year title to win."
Hand, who calls Sacramento, California, his home, currently lives in Concord Township, Ohio, near the team's new Chesterland base. To date in his rookie 2001 Atlantic season, Hand has three top 3 finishes with a best of second at Cleveland, where he also set the race's fastest lap. He finished third in his first-ever Atlantic race, at Long Beach, and most recently captured third at Road America. He has led a total of 14 laps (Long Beach, Cleveland) and has qualified in the top 5 in six out of nine races thus far.
"In my opinion, there's no question that this is the finest team in the Atlantic series," said Hand, who has run in the top 3 on five occasions this season. "I'm forever grateful to Dede and the team for believing in me this year and for extending this opportunity for another season. To be honest, it takes a lot of pressure off of me knowing that we're all set for next year. Now, we can focus on running as hard as we can this year and on winning a race or two. Our goal is to win the rookie title this year, and challenge for the championship next year. And there's no other team in the series I would rather be with than DSTP."
Hand is widely recognized as one of America's leading kart racers. As a factory pilot for Emmick Enterprises, he captured seven National Championships ranging from Junior Piston Port to shifter karts. In addition, he founded a kart racing school in conjunction with Emmick and continues to consult with the kart manufacturer on motor and chassis development. Hand's first taste of full size racecars came in 1996, when he entered two regional Formula Mazda races, and won both from pole position. In 1997, he was selected to attend the Team Green Academy and was awarded with second overall out of 150 candidates.
Hand, along with his father (Les) and several friends, started a Formula Mazda team for the 1998 Star Formula Mazda Pro Series, where he finished fourth overall with one win. In 1999, he moved to the Kent Stacy's S3 Racing team and took both the Star Mazda Series West Division and the Star Mazda Series Best Western Championship titles with eight wins and eight poles out of 14 races. Stacy is now Hand's engineer at DSTP. For 2000, Hand competed in the four-race Formula Palmer Audi Winter Series in England after winning the Team USA Shootout.
DSTP captured the 2000 CART Toyota Atlantic championship with Rice by virtue of five wins, three second-place finishes, two thirds, two pole positions and six fastest race laps in the team's first season of Atlantic competition. In fact, Rice relinquished the championship lead only once since he took over at round two in Homestead, Florida, and led the most laps in seven of the year's 12 races (222 out of 422 completed).
Through DSTP, Rogers has established herself as a true believer in promoting talented young American drivers into professional racing. Formed in 1994, DSTP first campaigned a team in the Dodge Shelby Pro Series before moving into the U.S. F2000 National Championship in 1995. Such notable drivers as Memo Gidley, Alex Barron, Sam Hornish, Jr. and Jerry Nadeau competed in cars fielded by DSTP before Rice swept to last year's Atlantic title.