The 16-year-old Oregon native confirmed robust type in his second yr of USF2000 in 2021, driving with Pabst Racing to 5 podiums and finally ending fourth within the championship.
He then jumped off the open-wheel ladder to compete in sportscars this previous season, competing for United Autosports within the WEC, and racing PR1/Mathiasen MotorSports in IMSA.
Within the former, he opened his account with a win within the Sebring 1000km and completed the season third in factors, whereas in IMSA he was sixth, with a podium end at Petit Le Mans.
Thus Pierson turned the youngest driver to begin the Daytona 24 Hours, the Le Mans 24 Hours, and the youngest ever race winner within the World Endurance Championship.
Right this moment it was introduced that Pierson “can have the steerage and assist of ECR group members as he furthers his profession and might be mentored by group proprietor Ed Carpenter. Moreover, Pierson will start testing considered one of ECR’s Chevrolet-powered Indy vehicles in 2023.”
He mentioned: “I’m honored by the boldness Ed Carpenter has positioned in me and so extremely grateful to have a path to IndyCar with Ed Carpenter Racing. I’ve been dreaming about racing within the NTT IndyCar Collection for so long as I can keep in mind.”
#23 United Autosports USA Oreca 07 – Gibson of Alex Lynn, Oliver Jarvis, Joshua Pierson
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The event process will see Pierson race in Indy NXT [formerly known as Indy Lights] on a part-time foundation with HMD Motorsports in 2023 – combining this with a WEC sportscar program with United – earlier than working a full Indy NXT season in 2024.
“I’ve really loved attending to know Josh Pierson and his household,” mentioned ECR group proprietor Ed Carpenter. “For such a younger man, he has already achieved a lot in his racing profession.
“Together with that, he’s such a well-spoken individual.
“I’m assured with the plan that we’ve got in place that he’ll turn into a whole racing driver. We very a lot look ahead to working with him as we finalise his path to the NTT IndyCar Collection beginning in 2025.”
ECR-Chevrolet’s 2023 IndyCar line-up will look very like it did in 2022, with Rinus VeeKay and Conor Daly as full-timers and Carpenter becoming a member of them in a 3rd automotive for the 5 oval races.