Ed Carpenter Racing signed 16-year-old Josh Pierson to a driver development program with the mutual goal of an IndyCar seat with the team in 2025.
Pierson made two seasons of USF2000 in 2020 and 2021 respectively, starting at the age of 13, before joining United Autosports to compete in LMP2 in the World Endurance and IMSA Championship this year, which included a win at Sebring and a second. place in Bahrain at WEC. .
He’s already signed up to race for the title-winning HMD Motorsports team in Indy Lights, renamed Indy NXT for 2023, as part of its eight-car entry next year.
Pierson becomes Ed Carpenter’s first development driver, with the goal of making it to IndyCar with the team at the age of 19.
“I am honored by the trust that Ed Carpenter has placed in me and I am incredibly grateful to have a path to IndyCar with Ed Carpenter Racing,” said Pierson. “I have been dreaming of racing in the NTT IndyCar Series for as long as I can remember!”
Pierson also became the youngest entrant in the 24 Hours of Daytona and 24 Hours of Le Mans this year, and his WEC win at Sebring also made him the youngest category winner in the championship.
ECR features Conor Daly and Rinus VeeKay in IndyCar, with VeeKay taking the team’s most recent win at Indianapolis in 2021.
Pierson, like VeeKay and Josef Newgarden before him, is the latest young talent to be welcomed into a team that has done its fair share of nurturing in the past.
“I really enjoyed getting to know Josh Pierson and his family,” said crew chief Ed Carpenter.
“For such a young man, he has already achieved a lot in his sporting career. On top of that, he is such a well spoken and professional person.
“I am confident in the plan we have in place that he will become a complete racing driver. We are very much looking forward to working with him as we finalize his path to the NTT IndyCar Series starting in 2025.”
Pierson is not the only development driver in Indy NXT. Kyffin Simpson, who will also race for HMD in the championship next year, is the only member of Chip Ganassi Racing’s development program.
Simpson finished ninth in his rookie Indy Lights campaign, switching from TJ Speed to HMD mid-season, also winning the GTD class at the IMSA Petit Le Mans round at Road Atlanta.
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