JOSH WISE

Josh Wise secured his place in motorsports history and marked his entrance into professional racing when, in 1999, he became the youngest USAC Champion at age 16. While honing his open wheel skills, Josh raced for industry heroes such as A.J. Foyt and Tony Stewart, and racked up 5 championships and 34 wins, in just 6 years.  Legendary racer Tony Stewart recognized the young racer’s talent and recruited him to a 3-year USAC National Series deal with Tony Stewart Racing.  After 3-years at TSR, Tony knew Josh was an open-wheel standout with the skills to crossover into the stock car world. Tony propelled Josh to the next phase of his racing career with a call to Charlotte, N.C. – the heart of NASCAR.
 
From modest beginnings and working out of a 2 car garage in Riverside CA, Josh began racing at the age of 7.  After winning 2 National Quarter Midget Championships and 2 California State Championships he began his progression up through the open wheel ranks. Josh won the Micro Midget title at 14 years of age, the USAC ¾ Midget title at 16 years of age (becoming the youngest USAC Champion in history) before being hired by Tony Stewart and winning the USAC National Midget title in 2005, the USAC National Sprint title in 2006, The Belleville Nationals (twice), the Hoosier Hundred, 2 USAC National Overall Drivers Championships and rookie of the year honors in each of USAC’s premier divisions which led to the next phase of Josh's career – NASCAR.
 
2007, Josh made his stock car debut in the ARCA RE/MAX Series under the Eddie Sharp Racing banner. Josh ran an 11-race schedule, earning one Pole Award, one Track Record and 3 second place finishes. Making 9 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Darrell Waltrip Motorsports, Wise earned 2 top-tens (6th place Las Vegas, 8th place Gateway) and also made one start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series earning a 19th place in his first series attempt.
 
Josh ran a partial 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule sharing seat time with both Michael Waltrip Racing and Fitz Motorsports. Josh exceeded expectations, proving he could perform in the big leagues earning a 5th place finish in only his 8th series start and tacked on 5 top 15 finishes.
 
In 2009 Josh served as a test driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as well as returning to his roots with a partial USAC National Series schedule. He accumulated 3 USAC wins, won the Firemans Nationals and acumilated 16 top 5 finishes while running part time in all three USAC series. Josh also made 3 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts.
 
For the 2010 season Josh found himself back behind the wheel of a stock car driving for Specialty Racing. By May, people were taking notice that Josh was over performing for the level of equipment he was driving. One of those people was Dale Earnhardt Jr. In June, Wise was hired to drive for Jr Motorsports for the remainder of 2010 making nine starts with an average finish of 12th and a best of 4th.
 
After 2 years at JR Motorsports, Wise found himself behind the wheel of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car. Driving for different teams- and part time schedules- he would show that he could get the job done at Americas highest level of motorsports. In Dec of 2013 Josh was hired to race full time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series by Phil Parsons and Mike Curb. Josh would finish 6th place in the teams first outing at Daytona International Speedway in the Gatorade Duals. In 2014 Josh posted several strong runs finishing in the top 25 at challenging tracks like Bristol, Darlington, Talladega and Daytona. The team posted its best finish of 10th at Talladega Superspeedway in 2015. Wise was also voted into the NASCAR Sprint All Star race over Danica Patrick due to his huge group of devoted fans.
 
Away from the NASCAR races, Josh is an avid triathlete. In 2010, Josh took up cycling as a way to build aerobic fitness for his long NASCAR races. Wise’s casual enjoyment quickly turned competitive in nature after he competed in a Sprint Triathlon in Ashville NC in July of 2011. To date, Josh has competed in 3 Sprint Triathlons with a PR of 58min 32 sec, 5 Iron Man 70.3mile races with a PR of 4hrs 26min and one Iron Man 140.6 with a time of 11hrs 0min and 56 sec. In 2015 Josh qualified for the Ironman World Championships in Zell Am See Austria by taking one of two available slots in a World Championship qualifying event in Mont Tremblant Canada.