Josh Green Steps Up To The Indy Lights Racing Series
Warren Rosenberg, MetroSports Magazine October 27, 2022
There’s something special happening within the walls of Mt. Kisco’s Grand Prix New York (GPNY). MetroSports Magazine has previously reported on the racing careers of NASCAR’s Anthony Alfredo, Aurora Straus now racing in the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge, and Shift-Up-Now and TLM Racing’s Kristina Esposito, all of whom spent time polishing their racing skills on the indoor karting track at GPNY along with Matthew Pierce, Vivek Kanthan, Nate Cicero, Gia Cicero, Robert Megennis and Michael d’Orlando.
Next year, another GPNY alum, nineteen year old Josh Green is stepping up to the Indy Lights racing circuit as a driver for HMD Motorsports and Dale Coyne Racing. “Indy Lights is one stop before IndyCar and one step closer to realizing my goal of racing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES” which is perhaps best known for its Indianapolis 500 flagship race. But not looking past the upcoming 2023 Indy Lights series which represents the latest step up for Josh on the ‘Road to Indy’ program, a driver development program sponsored by Cooper Tires. Other notable alums of the ‘Road to Indy’ program include James Hinchcliffe an Indianapolis 500 competitor and pole position winner and Felix Rosenqvist, a former Formula 1 driver whom MetroSports Magazine covered in his 2017 NYC ePrix Formula E race.
Born in Mt. Kisco N.Y., Josh didn’t begin serious racing until 2015 when he began the indoor karting circuit at Grand Prix NY. A natural athlete, Josh participated in a number of sports before focusing on his racing career including basketball, football, baseball, lacrosse, tennis and rock climbing. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at Arizona State University, Josh is a graduate of Chappaqua’s Horace Greeley High School. It’s interesting to note that two of Josh’s GPNY fellow alumni, Aurora Straus and Kristina Esposito, also both went on to pursue Mechanical Engineering in college. When reflecting back on the role that GPNY had on his development as a race car driver, Josh told MetroSports Magazine that, “GPNY was the foundation for everything. I was lucky to have intelligent people around me during that time to give me something to build off of!”
Josh’s quick climb in the sport of racing delivered him the 2017 Northeast Super Series of Karting Championship and the Oakland Valley Race Park Championship and the World Karting Association IAME Junior Manufactures Cup in 2018. Josh was the 2019 winner of the Team USA Scholarship, a program designed to “provide opportunities for young American race car drivers at an early stage in their careers”. He considers this to be one of his most significant racing accomplishments to date.
“Now that the 2022 racing season is in the books and before we turn the page to 2023, I wanted to take a moment and give a special THANK YOU to my friends and family and everyone who came to support me at the track this year, as well as my sponsors and investors who have shown their support and confidence in me and my career” wrote Josh on his racing team website.
All photos courtesy of Josh Green Racing