Wise at Martinsville Speedway in 2013
February 7, 1983 |
Riverside, California, U.S.
|Awards||2014 Sprint Fan Vote Winner|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career|
|104 races run over 4 years|
|Car no., team||No. 98 (Phil Parsons Racing)|
|Best finish||36th (2014)|
|First race||2011 GEICO 400 (Chicagoland)|
|Last race||2014 Ford EcoBoost 400 (Homestead)|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|142 races run over 8 years|
|Car no., team||No. 46 (The Motorsports Group)|
|Best finish||16th (2011)|
|First race||2007 Kroger 200 (IRP)|
|Last race||2014 Zippo 200 at the Glen (Watkins Glen)|
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career|
|11 races run over 3 years|
|Best finish||33rd (2007)|
|First race||2007 O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 (Kansas)|
|Last race||2012 VFW 200 (Michigan)|
|Statistics current as of November 16, 2014.|
Josh Wise (born February 7, 1983 in Riverside, California) is an American stock car driver. He currently competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 98 Chevrolet SS for Phil Parsons Racing, and the Nationwide Series in the No. 40 Chevrolet Camaro for The Motorsports Group.
Wise started racing Quarter Midgets in Southern California at Pomona Valley Quarter Midget Racing Association in 1991 when he was 8 years old. He won the California State Monza Championships in 1993,1994, and 1996. He became a National Quarter Midget Champion in 1994, winning the Light B class at the Sacramento California Grand Nationals. In 6 years of racing Quarter Midgets, Josh went on to win more than 60 races.
In 1997, Wise began racing Micro Sprints, he primarily competed at Barona Speedway near San Diego, but traveled to Northern California as well to compete. His rookie season at Barona Speedway, Wise captured 8 main event wins, 6 of them in a row, finishing second in points, earning Rookie of the year Honors. The 1998 season Wise would go on to win 5 main events and the 250 Micro Midget Championship at Barona Speedway.
In 1999, Wise entered into the United States Auto Club (USAC) at 16 years of age in USAC's 3/4 Midget division. He would go on to win the USAC Championship, earning four wins at Irwindale Speedway along with Rookie of the year Honors. This Championship made Josh the youngest Champion in USAC history, in 44 years of sanctioning races.
For 2000, Wise would make the move to USAC's Western States Midget Division, racing only the pavement events. In his rookie year Wise captured 2 wins at Madera Speedway and one at Stockton 99, beating midget legend Sleepy Tripp to the checkers. For his first win at Madera Speedway, Wise started dead last and came through the field to take the win in a race that was called short due to a bad accident during the feature. In 2000, Wise received his third straight Rookie of the Year Honors, 2nd in USAC.
Wise first appeared in the ARCA Re/MAX Series in 2006 with Eddie Sharp Racing. He ran two races and earned one top 10. In 2007, Wise returned to the team to run 11 races, earning one pole position and six top 10s, including three 2nd place finishes.
In 2007, it was announced that Wise would drive part-time for Darrell Waltrip Motorsports in conjunction with Michael Waltrip Racing. In nine races in the No. 00 Aaron's, Inc. Toyota, Wise earned two top 10s, including a career best 6th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Also in 2007, Wise made his Nationwide Series debut at Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP). Driving the No. 22 Family Dollar Dodge for Fitz Motorsports, he started 29th and finished on the lead lap in 17th. In 2008, he ran 17 races in the No. 22 Supercuts Dodge for Fitz and the No. 00 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing. He earned one top 10 finish, a 5th-place finish at IRP. Wise made three series starts in 2009 for Xxxtreme Motorsport, failing to finish any of them. He also made one Sprint Cup Series attempt at Martinsville Speedway, failing to qualify in the No. 73 Dodge of Rabbe Racing. In 2009 Wise also raced 17 USAC Sprint car races winning one race and 12 top fives. Wise raced 15 USAC National Midget races winning 3 and taking 8 top fives. Wins included the Belleville Nationals preliminary night and the Firemans Nationals.
After the 2009 season, it was announced that Wise had signed with Specialty Racing to run full-time in 2010. After 7 races he caught the eye of car owner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and was hired to drive for JR Motorsports part-time. He raced in the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevy with sponsorship from Go Daddy and HowDoYou.com part-time through 2010 and in 2011, splitting the ride with IndyCar Series driver Danica Patrick; His average finish was 13th and completed every race on the lead lap.
In 2011 Wise returned to JR Motorsports part-time and also drove for Go Green Racing and Key Motorsports. Wise raced part-time in 2011 bouncing between 3 different teams but would still manage to finish 16th in Nationwide Series Drivers standings, He would also make his Cup Series debut at Chicago, driving for Max Q Motorsports; he qualified for three additional races over the rest of the year. In 2012, Wise ran the majority of the Nationwide Series schedule for The Motorsports Group. He also competed full-time, except for the Daytona 500, in the Sprint Cup Series, competing for Rookie of the Year, driving the Front Row Motorsports No. 26. Wise ran the #35 as a start and park for much of the season and lost ROTY honors to late entrant Stephen Leicht.
On November 26, 2013, Wise announced that he had left Front Row Motorsports; on December 4 it was revealed that he would drive for Phil Parsons Racing in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. He started 2014 off with a 24th-place finish in the Daytona 500, before failing to qualify at Phoenix. He qualified the following week at Las Vegas, finishing 42nd.
On March 16, 2014, Reddit user Denis Pavel posting under username "unicorn_butt_sex" noticed Wise racing an unsponsored car at the Food City 500. Pavel being a lifelong NASCAR fan went to Reddit with the idea of sponsoring a car. As a member of the NASCAR community on Reddit, he had seen the community rally behind drivers before. Pavel also reached out to the Dogecoin community, a 5-month old internet cryptocurrency based off an internet meme, Doge, that had raised funds for various causes, including the Jamaican bobsled team at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. With endorsements from both communities, Pavel contacted Phil Parsons Racing and was told that the communities needed to raise $55,000 to sponsor Wise at the Aaron's 499, or just over 67 million Dogecoins. With help from several wealthy individuals, the communities came up with the money one week later on March 25. Wise ran with the Dogecoin-wrapped car on May 4, running as high as 4th and finishing 20th, his second-best finish at the time.
Several days later Wise announced to his followers that he would race the Dogecar (also called the "Moonrocket") for free at the 2014 Sprint Showdown on May 16 and the 2014 All-Star Race if he won the Showdown or the fan vote. With international support and an excited fan base, Wise won the vote, defeating odds-on favorite Danica Patrick. Wise placed 19th out of 22 at the qualifier and earned an unofficial career best finish of 15th in the All-Star, the last car running. PPR earned an additional $120,000 for the weekend, which they said would be used to purchase newer, more competitive tyres for their cars.
On May 14, Wise and PPR released a T-shirt version of the official Dogecoin crew shirts, with all profits going to the Dogecar making another appearance at the 2014 GEICO 500 at Talladega, and an extra two races if 10,000 were sold. The funds (from the sale of 5,000 shirts) were successfully raised six days later, ending with 5,805 shirts sold. Despite not reaching 10,000, Wise tweeted the Dogecar would return for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.
Wise debuted a new Dogecoin/Reddit.com helmet before the Coca-Cola 600 on May 25. He wore it during all of his races for the rest of the 2014 season, including the races where Dogecoin isn't the primary sponsor of the #98 car.
Wise has two daughters. He is a triathlete, beginning after cycling with driver Scott Speed, and occasionally tests his bicycle at the A2 Wind Tunnel in North Carolina. Comparing the sport to racing, Wise stated, "I get way more stressed in a triathlon than I do in a race car."
Motorsports career results
(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)
Sprint Cup Series
|Year||Starts||Wins||Top 5||Top 10||Poles||Avg. Start||Avg. Finish||Winnings||Position||Team(s)|
Michael Waltrip Racing
Baker Curb Racing
|2011||31||0||1||3||0||24.5||22.4||$765,028||16th||Go Green Racing
|2012||26||0||0||0||0||29.6||39.2||$360,594||126th1||The Motorsports Group|
Camping World Truck Series
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results|
|2007||Darrell Waltrip Motorsports||00||Toyota||DAY||CAL||ATL||MAR||KAN
|2012||Norm Benning Racing||75||Chevy||DAY||MAR||CAR||KAN||CLT||DOV||TEX||KEN||IOW||CHI||POC||MCH
* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
- Josh Wise Career Statistics
- Josh Wise Will Drive Waltrip Toyota Part-Time in '07
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- Schneider, Ryan (May 29, 2014). "Wise Up: Triathlon Tips from a NASCAR Driver". Ironman Triathlon. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
- Roberts-Grey, Gina. "Cheating the Wind: NASCAR Driver Josh Wise". Bicycling. Retrieved May 29, 2014.