Chesterland, Ohio (May 26, 2003) -- Joey Hand, driver of the DSTP Motorsports Swift 014.a will take part in CART's hugely popular Town Meeting tour when it visits Cleveland on June 2. The Town Meeting precedes the U.S. Bank Presents the Cleveland...
Chesterland, Ohio (May 26, 2003) -- Joey Hand, driver of the DSTP Motorsports Swift 014.a will take part in CART's hugely popular Town Meeting tour when it visits Cleveland on June 2. The Town Meeting precedes the U.S. Bank Presents the Cleveland Grand Prix which will be held on Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport on July 3-5.
Hand, who is competing in his second full season in the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship after winning the Rookie of the Year award in 2001, will take in the tour for the first time. With the DSTP Motorsports team headquartered in nearby Chesterland, Ohio, Hand is a natural fit to participate in the meeting when it is held in Cleveland.
"When we race at the Cleveland airport it is always special to myself and the team," said Hand, who was partially sidelined during the 2002 season while recovering from injuries sustained in a testing accident in Milwaukee. "To represent the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship at the town meeting is a real honor. I'm not only looking forward to the town meeting, but to the race a month later. Cleveland is one my favorite events on the schedule because of its proximity to our shop and because of the race I had there in 2001."
In addition to the participation of Hand, the CART Town Meeting will include CART President and CEO Christopher R. Pook, IMG Motorsports President Bud Stanner and Speed Channel President Jim Liberatore. Player's/Forsythe Racing's Patrick Carpentier with the Bridgestone Champcar World Series powered by Ford will join Hand as the only drivers taking part in the event.
The meeting will be held at the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton, located in the Cleveland City Center at 777 St. Clair Avenue.
Through DSTP Motorsports, Dede 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 Buddy Rice swept to the Atlantic title during DSTP Motorsports first season in the series in 2000.