DSTP's Joey Hand has drive of the race in Trois-Rivieres; Moves up 13 spots to finish 9th after pitting for new front wing. Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada (August 4, 2002) - Joey Hand today finished 9th in his return to CART Toyota Atlantic ...
DSTP's Joey Hand has drive of the race in Trois-Rivieres; Moves up 13 spots to finish 9th after pitting for new front wing.
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada (August 4, 2002) - Joey Hand today finished 9th in his return to CART Toyota Atlantic competition at Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, by virtue of moving up 13 positions after contact with another competitor broke his front wing and subsequently required a pit stop on lap ten for repairs. Fortunately, a yellow flag kept Hand on the lead lap, however, he fell 17 spots to 22nd while the DSTP Motorsports crew replaced the nose. Hand started the race sixth and was running fifth before the contact on lap seven with numerous drivers fighting for position including Rocky Moran, Jr., Jonathan Macri and Luis Diaz.
"I knew this race was going to be a dogfight," said Hand, who set the fourth fastest lap of the race on lap 29 of the 45-lap feature. "There was a lot of blocking and wheel banging going and unfortunately our front wing got caught up in the middle of it. The DSTP boys did an excellent job of getting things fixed and keeping me on the lead lap. About the middle of the race, I tuned the car a bit and just drove the wheels off of it. We kept reeling people in and moving up, but we just ran out of time. But it feels so good to be back. I feel amazingly good and could have kept going another 100 laps. We're all pretty excited and we definitely have something to look forward to at Road America."
This weekend marks Hand's return to Atlantic competition since this year's second round at Long Beach in April. He finished third in the season opener in Monterrey, Mexico, and followed up with a pole position in Long Beach only to be taken out of the race in an on-track altercation. A testing accident in May forced him out of the driver's seat while he recuperated over the last ten weeks. Former DSTP driver and 2000 CART Toyota Atlantic champion Buddy Rice filled-in for Hand for rounds four through eight.
Michael Valiante of Lynx Racing won today's race followed by Alex Gurney and Marc DeVellis. Round ten of the 12-race 2002 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship takes place at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on August 18.
Further information is available on the team's web site at www.dstpmotorsports.com, or the official Atlantic series site at www.toyotaatlantic.com.