Whereas most 16-year-olds are simply at the start phases of envisioning what they need to do in maturity, Josh Pierson has already begun making historical past in motorsports. Final yr, he gained the 1,000 Miles of Sebring, which was his debut race—making him the youngest-ever FIA World Endurance Championship race winner.
In June, he grew to become the youngest driver ever to compete within the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race. Signed to United Autosports and with the PR 1/ Mathiasen workforce, Pierson has 5 wins and 15 podiums below his belt. The Wilsonville, Ore. native may very well be the explanation endurance racing begins to pique American curiosity once more, or he might take a look at his abilities in different racing disciplines. The one certainty appears to be that you’ll be listening to his title for years to come back.
Pierson just lately unpacked a few of his race day necessities for Muscle and Health as he prepares for this weekend’s 8 hours of Bahrain. Proper from his Ogio Rig 9800, we dove into all the pieces from his peanut butter M&M’s to what he’s enjoying on his journey guitar throughout his downtime.
- Ogio gear bag: It is a race journey should for me. This one has over 200k air miles on it!
- Hans machine: It is a neck brace aka my guardian angel for my security. The Hans machine attaches to my helmet and the belts go over the Hans. Your head can nonetheless transfer a bit of bit, nevertheless it stops in some unspecified time in the future. The Hans, the belts and the seat that you simply’re in are taking loads of the drive versus your neck. It has saved loads of drivers and it’s now required to race.
- Knne pads: My knee pads are newer and are additionally fireproof. I used to be struggling bodily within the automotive and knee pads are an effective way to seek out assist within the automotive. System vehicles sometimes have a lower out within the middle to carry your legs in place, so your legs don’t transfer round. With the prototypes throughout endurance races, we now have to do driver adjustments. With the lower out within the seat, your legs transfer round quite a bit and are virtually floating within the automotive and get banged round. The knee pads assist assist the legs and maintain them in place extra which is helpful. It helps bodily and my knees aren’t getting bruised anymore. I take advantage of them a majority of the time now and it’s at all times good to have them with me.
- HRX fireproof undershirt and pants: Luckily, I’ve by no means had any fireplace points and it is extremely uncommon to occur, nevertheless it feels good to have it on and I’m glad to put on it.
- HRX fireproof head sock: Fireproof head sock that’s in case of a hearth and goes below my helmet. It additionally retains my helmet nicer for an extended time frame since I sweat extra within the head sock
- Sparco gloves: These are my fireproof gloves. As you possibly can inform by now, we’re at excessive danger for fires in my line of labor! These are certainly one of my many pairs of gloves.
- Radio ear buds: These earbuds plug instantly into my helmet which plugs into my automotive so I can talk with my workforce all through the race. It’s an necessary line of communication that not many followers learn about.
- Journey guitar: I’ve at all times beloved music and I at all times journey with my guitar to be used throughout downtime. I actually loved enjoying within the band whereas I used to be at college in-person and since I’m now in on-line faculty, it was one thing I couldn’t proceed to do, so I used to be on the lookout for an instrument to study and play solo. I picked up guitar and began educating myself the right way to play. I journey with it so I can proceed working towards and studying. There’s loads of time we spend in our trailers as we look ahead to our classes, so it’s an effective way to move the time and study a brand new talent! I’ve began to place collectively some chords and patterns that I’ve discovered, so it’s been actually thrilling to play with these methods. I attempt to emulate Marcin Patrzalek, who performs fingerstyle guitar and some different guitarists like Edward Ong and Eddie Van Der Meer. I feel that sound is de facto distinctive and funky.
- Further fits, gloves and footwear: I’ve about seven pairs of gloves and three pairs of footwear for each race simply in case.
- OMP racing footwear: I like my OMP racing boots. They’re fireproof and really skinny in order that I can really feel the pedals. A really feel in your ft is extraordinarily necessary when racing.
- Checkered bucket hat: This has turn out to be my trademark over time. I’m at all times carrying a hat across the pits to guard myself from the solar. The checkered hat could be very on the market, and it will get a couple of seems to be, nevertheless it’s at all times include me. I’ve this hat and a large brim fishing hat that I at all times put on.
- Peanut Butter M&M’s: These are my favourite sugar vice and I at all times have a bag with me – at all times.
- JP Racing stickers: I at all times pack stickers and playing cards to signal autographs and move out to the youthful followers because it at all times makes them smile. It’s wonderful to see the following technology of followers. The youthful ones don’t even understand how a lot youthful I’m than a lot of the different racers.
- EOS lip balm: I deliver lip balm as a result of I attempt to maintain hydrated when sitting within the automotive for hours at a time. You’d be stunned how dehydrated your physique can get simply sitting within the automotive.
- Sparco and HRX racing fits
- Stilo helmet with my trademark globe on high
You’ll be able to observe Josh on Instagaram at @josh_pierson_racing