As watch this Space for the Portland Teenager’s promising future…
Yeah I know, I know. Enough of the NXT Jokes already! Especially since it’s way too easy pickings! And that was way before I learned via another Marshall Pruett Week in IndyCar Podcast that there’s a WWE NXT! Y’all know like them World Wide Entertainment Professional Wrasslers’,Yikes!
Being a transplanted Oregonian, I’ve been loosely aware of Portland teenager Josh Pierson ever since He was signed to drive for Mr. Zakery Brown’s United Autosport’s FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) LMP2 team in 2021, a year before making His Sports Car debut.
Never having Heard of Pierson before then, I Had Zero Clue what McLaren Racing’s Head Honcho Zak Brown Saw in the then 15yr Old youngster. Other than saying He’s very Mature for His Age and it would be interesting to See how He progresses
As Pierson has gone onto set a few Sports Car records this past year. First becoming the youngest driver to ever win a Sports Car race at Age 16. As Pierson, co-Driving with Paul di Resta and Oliver Jarvis won the season opening Sebring 1000 miles WEC race, where Josh even completed a triple stint enroute to the LMP2 Class victory!
Next, Josh became the current youngest ever driver to contest the 24 Heurs du Mans at Age 16yrs 117 Days when joining Oliver Jarvis and Alex Lynn once again behind the controls of the #23 United Autosport LMP2 Oreca-Gibson entry.
Prior to Josh’s Sports Car exploits this season, I was totally unaware about this Rose City (Portland) teenager had finished fourth Overall in the 2021 U.S. F2000 National championship with five Podiums. Notching a pair of second places and a trio of third places abord the NO. 24 Pabst Racing entry.
Then in October, it was announced that Pierson would resume His Open Wheel Racing career by joining what Marshall jokingly calls the HMD Motorsports Orphanage, Hya! HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing’s nine car Indy Lights, OOPS! NXT programme.
As Josh will continue His WEC Sports Car career for United Autosport in addition to contesting His Rookie Indy NXT season in 2023.
And now comes word that Ed Carpenter Racing (ECR) has just Inked Pierson to it’s first ever Driver Development program a la Chip Ganassi Racing’s (CGR) signing of Kyffin Simpson last year. Where Arse-sumedly Simpson will be contesting His Sophomore campaign in Indy NXT against Pierson.
As Pierson’s also set to get His Debutante outing aboard one of ECR’s Indy Cars sometime next year.
Whilst Fast Eddy’, aka Ed Carpenter says He’s also really impressed by the teenager and their plans are to guide Him to an IndyCar career beginning in 2025, which makes me wonder which of ECR’s current IndyCar Drivers Days are Numbered? Or is this just insurance if Rinus VeeKay decides to Bolt to a rival IndyCar team?
As No Pressure Josh. You’ve just got the weight of Zak Brown and Ed Carpenter on your Shoulders! And Hey Zak, did Fast Eddy’ just pull a Zak upon you? As “Let Go of My Eggo,” err Driver…