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RFK Racing's Stage 60 returns with new driver at Chicago

The No. 60 RFK Racing Ford Mustang will return to action for the Chicago Street Race in July, this time with a new driver.

According to an announcement from RFK Racing, sports car driver Joey Hand will take control of the No. 60 on July 7 (4:30 p.m. ET, NBC). will be Hand's primary sponsor for the race.

This street race in the Windy City will be Hand's first Cup Series start with RFK Racing and the eighth of his career.

All of Hand's previous seven starts in Cup were with Rick Ware Racing. He made his series debut at the Charlotte Roval in 2021. He finished 27th.

The veteran driver continued to make starts at NASCAR's road courses after switching to the Next Gen car. His best finish was 20th at Sonoma Raceway in 2022.

Hand, who is part of the Ford Factory family, has accomplished a significant amount in his racing career. He won a championship in the Star Mazda Series, won the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2011, the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2012, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans LMGTE Pro Class in 2016.

"Saying I'm excited is an understatement," Hand said in a statement. "To be part of the (Stage 60) 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."

The RFK Racing Stage 60 entry has competed in two events this season. David Ragan drove it during the season-opening Daytona 500. He started last in the 40-car field and finished 20th.

Supercars driver Cam Waters then took over for the Sonoma race weekend. He started 31st but finished 35th after sustaining suspension damage in a multi-car incident in Turn 11.