Hand to make NASCAR Cup Series return with RFK in Chicago

Joey Hand will drive the #Stage60 entry for RFK Racing at the Chicago street course next month. will sponsor Hand in the No. 60 Ford Mustang Dark Horse. The company was on the car, which is a third entry for RFK Racing, for the season-opening Daytona 500 (David Ragan) and Sonoma Raceway (Cam Waters).

Hand will make his eighth career NASCAR Cup Series start in Chicago. It’ll be his first start since the Charlotte Roval event last fall.

“Saying I’m excited is an understatement,” Hand said. “To be part of the #Stage60 program is going to be awesome. I’ve gotten close with the RFK team while working with them on the simulator over the past three years and have a ton of respect for what they are doing. I love street racing and have done a lot of it in my career, so Chicago is right in my wheelhouse. NASCAR is some of the toughest competition I’ve been up against and there’s nothing like some good street fighting to put on a show for the fans.”


Hand is a factory Ford driver, and all of his Cup Series starts have been with the manufacturer. He made six starts last season with Rick Ware Racing.

All seven of Hand’s starts in the Cup Series (his debut was in late 2021) have been on road courses, with a best finish of 20th at Sonoma Raceway. Hand’s resume includes victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans (LMGTE Pro Class).

NASCAR will visit Chicago July 5-7. It will be the second edition of the street course race.

“ racing through the streets of Chicago puts thousands of skilled trades career opportunities in front of massive in-person and television audiences,” said Kiley Wren, co-founder and chief executive officer at BlueForge Alliance. “It represents yet another incredible opportunity for fans to learn about these jobs and the purpose behind them. We are grateful to work alongside RFK Racing, as part of their #Stage60 program, and we thank Joey Hand for getting behind the wheel of the ‘Car with a Mission’ for this event.”

Story originally appeared on Racer