Josh Pierson has been confirmed to drive for United Autosports in 2022 to become the youngest ever WEC driver at 16-years-old.
The American who is currently 15-years-old will turn 16 in February next year.
He will undergo an ‘intensive’ test programme in preparation for his debut into sportscar racing, with possible additions of further ventures like the ELMS.
Pierson has driven in the likes of karting, then single seaters, into F1600 and the USF2000’s, and the Road to Indy series in the US.
Josh Pierson said: “I am honoured and grateful to have the opportunity to be part of such an accomplished team as United Autosports.
“I can’t believe how quickly my career has progressed in the past year. To suddenly be driving a car as fast as the LMP2 car, feels like a dream.
“I am looking forward to what the future has in store for me and the team.
“I have one simple goal, and that’s to help United produce the best results I can.”
The team has not stated whether it will run a second car in LMP2 next year, though it stands likely for him rather than the reigning champion #22 Oreca 07 Gibson.
If he participates at 24 Hours of Le Mans next year, he will surpass the outgoing record to be the youngest driver to enter the event.
He would beat Matthew McMurray’s record at 16-years-old for Caterham Racing (LMP2) in 2014.
Richard Dean added: “I’m delighted that Josh can join us at the Le Mans 24 Hours this year for this announcement and also to get a taste of what the event is like.
“I was very impressed with Josh when he tested with United a few months ago at the Red Bull Ring in our LMP2 car. Our job is to have him ready to win in the WEC next year.”
The current LMP2 environment will continue to welcome debutants to step into prototype endurance racing like for United’s Fabio Scherer, albeit to a highly successful outfit.