INDIANAPOLIS – Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates has confirmed that Joey Hand will replace Memo Rojas as co-driver of the No. 01 Prototype with Scott Pruett in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
“What an opportunity. To say I’m thrilled to be joining this team would be an understatement,” said Hand. “With the successes of Chip’s team in sports car racing, the great history of the No. 01 car and getting to team-up with a legend like Scott Pruett, I think Christmas came a little early for me this season. I had a great experience with the team in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and now here we are back together full-time in the TUDOR Untied SportsCar Championship.”
Hand has spent the last two years racing full-time for BMW in the European DTM series. He also raced sporadically in the United States, including winning the 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona Int’l Speedway in a Ganassi entry alongside co-drivers Pruett, Rojas and Graham Rahal.
“Daytona is right around the corner to kick off the season and I can’t wait to start working with Scott and the team. In all honesty, I’ve wanted to drive for this team since I was a little kid. I’m excited about my long-term future here and what we can potentially accomplish together as sports car racing continues to grow,” said Hand.
In addition, the team announced that Ford and their EcoBoost engine technology will serve as primary sponsorship of the No. 01 entry. Both Ford and Hand step into their new roles with the team as part of multi-year deals.
“I think we had a good year with Ford in 2014 by winning three and could easily have won more so to now be partnered with them in even a bigger way makes all of us very happy,” said team co-owner Ganassi. “I think we have a great deal to look forward to. Also, we’ve had our eye on Joey for quite some time. He turned a lot of heads in our organization in 2011. I think he and Scott will complement each other on and off the track and we expect them to hit the ground running together in Daytona.”