Over the past fifteen years, Josh Pierson’s passion for driving and desire to improve has only increased. At the track, the young driver is intensely focused and serious about his craft. The early focus was on karting where he won numerous championships and twice represented Team USA at the ‘Olympics of Karting’.
Josh transitioned to open-wheel cars at 13 beginning with F1600, followed by two years of USF2000 in the Road to Indy Series. At 15, Josh made the jump to endurance racing in LMP2 and became the youngest in history to race in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Weeks later, he became the youngest ever race winner in the Asian Le Mans series with back-to-back wins in Abu Dhabi with co-driver Paul di Resta. At 16, Pierson became the youngest to win a race in the World Endurance Championship at the 1000 Miles of Sebring with co-drivers Oliver Jarvis and Paul di Resta. In 2022, Josh again made history as the youngest to ever race in the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing 6th in his class and 10th overall with co-drivers Alex Lynn and Oliver Jarvis. At 17, Josh juggled three teams, racing for United Autosports in the WEC series, TDS Racing in the IMSA series, and HMD in the Indy NXT series.
Josh is on the road training or racing about 38 weeks a year and is always looking to improve. The young athlete works hard on strength and conditioning and does drills to improve eye-hand coordination and reaction time. He also stays sharp turning laps in a shifter kart and putting in time on a racing simulator.
SHIFT PASSION TO OVERDRIVE
|February 14, 2006
|5’8 1/2″/130 lbs
|high school STUDENT
|ayrton senna, Daniel Ricardo, George Russel, Charles LeClerc, Lando Norris.
“Josh has exceeded our expectations in the car and his maturity and composure on and off the track are equally impressive. He is way ahead of any driver under 16 that we’ve ever seen and already up there with the best in the world under 20.”
Team Principal, United Autosports
“Josh is a talented young driver with a big future ahead of him. His love of motorsports, determination and coachability are strengths that set him apart from his competition.”
Professional sports car driver and driver coach
“Josh has performed brilliantly. You’d never know it was his first event with United Autosports and only his second LMP2 race. I can’t wait to see his progress throughout the year in the FIA WEC.”
CEO at McLaren Racing / Co-Owner at United Autosports
“As a team, we have evaluated some of the best and brightest drivers in North American Auto racing over the last 22 years of our team’s existence. I personally look forward to seeing (Josh’s) continuation up the motorsports ladder, given the opportunity I believe Josh will become one of America’s next generation of professional drivers.”
Owner and Director
“I have known many professional drivers from a young age and Josh Pierson stands among them as one with a great future ahead of him. He is a driven competitor, a studied professional, a talented athlete, and a wonderfully charismatic young man. Do not look past Josh, he has all of the tools to succeed in this sport and he seems focused on doing just that.”
Andretti Autosport, Pabst Racing, MSR IndyCar.
Driving in the rain
Race pace consistency
Staying calm under pressure
Drivers that block early in a race
Races that end under caution
Not being able to finish for any reason
2024 Official Guinness World Records holder
2023 Selected for FIAWEC Toyota Hypercar test
2023 2nd place, IMSA, Petit Le Mans
2023 1st place, WEC, 6 Hours of Portimao
2023 2nd place, WEC, 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
2022 Youngest in history to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans
2022 World Endurance Championship rookie of the year
2022 1st place, WEC, 1000 Miles of Sebring
2022 1st place, Abu Dhabi, Race 4 of the Asian Le Mans Series
2022 1st place, Abu Dhabi, Race 3 of the Asian Le Mans Series
2022 Youngest in history to race in the 24 Hours of Daytona
2021 4th place, USF2000 Road to Indy Championship
2020 SKUSA Pro Tour, Shifter Pro2 Vice-Champion
2019 SKUSA Pro Tour, X30J national #3
2019 Rotax Stars & Stripes, JuniorMAX Champion.
Represented the US at the Rotax World Finals
in Sarno Italy.
2019 California ProKart Challenge, X30J Champion
2019 California ProKart Challenge, KA100J Champion
2018 CanAm Karting Challenge, X30J Champion
2018 CanAm Karting Challenge, LO206J Vice-Champion
2017 US Rotax Grand Nationals, MiniMax Champion
2017 CanAm Karting Challenge, LO206J Champion
2016 Rotax Florida Winter Tour, MicroMax Champion
2015 CanAm Karting Challenge, MicroMax Champion
2015 Rotax Challenge of the Americas,
2014 US Rotax Grand Nationals, MicroMax Vice-champion
2014 CanAm Karting Challenge, MicroMax Champion
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