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Hand Joins McCumbee McAleer Racing in 22-Car Entry for Detroit

Ford Performance factory driver to join Jenson Altzman in No. 13 Ford Mustang GT4 for Detroit street race…

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Joey Hand will make a cameo appearance in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge competition next weekend on the streets of Detroit, with the Ford Performance factory driver confirmed in McCumbee McAleer Racing with Aerosport’s Ford Mustang GT4 for the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic.

Hand will team up with full season driver Jenson Altzman in the No. 13 Mustang GT4, filling in for team co-owner Chad McCumbee, who has a scheduling conflict.

“I’m super excited to get back into a GT4 Ford Mustang,” said Hand, who took part in a selected races in PF Racing’s Mustang last year.

“It’s cool to come to a new venue, it might give us a little bit of an advantage, as everyone has to learn the track the same.

“I have subbed in for Chad before and it went pretty well. I know a lot of the crew members on the team, so we will be getting up to speed really quickly. I am thankful for Chad and Ford Performance for giving me the call to come and drive.

“It is always great to strap into a Ford mustang GT4 and go racing.”

A total of 22 entries are confirmed for the GS-only round, which will mark the series’ first visit to a street circuit since Trois-Rivieres in 2010 while under Grand-Am.

Among the notable additions include the debut of Thaze Competition with its Mercedes-AMG GT4 as well as Archangel Motorsports, which has committed to the remainder of the season with an Aston Martin Vantage GT4 spearheaded by Todd Coleman.

By virtue of their win at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Kenny Murillo, Christian Szymczak and the No. 72 Murillo Racing Mercedes have opened a 90-point lead in the class standings.

A cluster of nine teams, all within 100 points of each other, are behind Murillo heading into next weekend’s race on the nine-turn, 1.7-mile circuit.

The 100-minute race streams live on Peacock on Sat., June 3 at 4:10 p.m. ET.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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