Joey Hand – At Road America, Joey Hand is once again returning behind the wheel of the #15 Ford. Realistically, I think Hand has high-teens to low-twenties potential if his afternoon is incident free. Sonoma is a similar track, and just a few weeks ago at that venue he finished 20th, had a 20.1 average running position and had the 24th best Total Speed Ranking.
Josh Bilicki – Josh Bilicki might prove to be the top low tier driver, if Joey Hand has a problem. Last year at Road America, Bilicki finished 23rd and had a 28.5 average running position. At the other two road courses visited this year, Bilicki has results of 22nd (COTA) and 29th (Sonoma).
Cody Ware – At Road America, I would view Cody Ware as a high-twenties to low-thirties driver. This year at road courses, he’s 2 for 2 at finishing in that range with results of 27th (COTA) and 32nd (Sonoma). In both of those races his Total Speed Ranking ranks 35th. Last year at Road America, Ware finished 31st.
Kyle Tilley – At Road America, Kyle Tilley will be piloting the #78, AKA, BJ McLeod’s car. This is typically the slowest car in the field on any given Sunday, and I don’t think Tilley is a miracle worker. This year at road courses, drivers of the #78 at road courses have results of 39th (COTA, Lally) and 33rd (Sonoma, Heckart). Last year at Road America, Tilley piloted the #78 and in the race he finished 35th.
Loris Hezemans – At Road America, Euro series champion, Loris Hezemans will be piloting the Ford #27. I have equipment concerns, and you probably should too. This spring at COTA in his only Cup start, Hezemans had rear gear issues and when the checkered flag waved he finished 34th and had a 34.6 average running position. At Daytona when this team also competed, equipment problems were also a huge issue throughout the week.