American Joey Hand will return to Toyota Atlantics in 2003. CLEVELAND (September 24, 2002) - DSTP Motorsports announced today that American Joey Hand will return to the team and contest the 2003 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship. Hand, a...
American Joey Hand will return to Toyota Atlantics in 2003.
CLEVELAND (September 24, 2002) - DSTP Motorsports announced today that American Joey Hand will return to the team and contest the 2003 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship. Hand, a 23-year old native of Sacramento, California, will enter his third season of Atlantic competition, although his 2002 season was interrupted by a testing crash at Milwaukee in May. After a six race layoff, Hand returned to action for the final four races and scored three top-10 finishes, two of those being top fives. In 2001, Hand was the series Rookie of the Year and finished third overall in the season championship.
Team owner Dede Rogers is thrilled with having Hand back for another season.
"Joey's incredible focus and dedication with his physical therapy after his crash is the same focus and dedication he has with racing and to his team," said Rogers, whose team is entering its eleventh year in professional racing. "I consider us the strongest team in the field next year. Not only is Joey back, we are still here and very dedicated to the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship."
For Hand, it means a lot to secure his 2003 ride this early into the off-season.
"I am so proud to continue with DSTP," commented Hand. "We are such a tight family, so it was hard to imagine racing with anyone else. I appreciate the team and Dede having me back. We fully expect to fight for the championship."
The CART Ladder System serves as the only complete driver development path in the world of motorsports, taking aspiring drivers from karting through the ranks to Champ Cars. Drivers begin their path in the Stars of Tomorrow karting program and are then introduced to cars in the Formula Dodge National Championship. From there, they move into the professional ranks with the Barber Dodge Pro Series and then to the Toyota Atlantic Championship, which is the final rung on the CART Ladder. From there, drivers move into the CART FedEx Championship Series. In 2002, Americans Jon Fogarty (Toyota Atlantic Championship), AJ Allmendinger (Barber Dodge Pro Series) and Grant Maiman (Formula Dodge National Championship) won Ladder System championships. CART owns and operates the Toyota Atlantic Championship. In conjunction with its marketing partnership with Skip Barber, LLC, CART sanctions the Pro Series and offers over $1.3 million in scholarships and sponsorship to deserving drivers making their way up the Ladder.