Juan Piedrahita got his start racing go-karts in Mexico at the age of 7. He would finish his karting career in 2008 in France, winning two races on the French national karting championship en route to a fourth place finish in the season standings.
Piedrahita graduated to cars in 2009, racing in the Latin American Formula Renault 2.0 series. The next couple of years saw Piedrahita compete in both the USF2000 championship and Star Mazda championship series. JDC Motorsports signed Piedrahita in 2013 to drive in the Pro Mazda Championship series.
Away from the track, Piedrahita enjoys watching and playing soccer. His racing goals are to ultimately win the IZOD IndyCar Series championship and the Indianapolis 500. He counts fellow Colombian and 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya as his racing hero.
Hobbies: Karting, watching and playing soccer, hanging out with friends, boxing
Snapshot: I have a very calm personality, but when I get in a race car I transform. I like soccer a lot. I’m a Real Madrid and Chelsea fan. My favorite soccer players are Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney. In music I like U2, David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia.
Racing goal: To win the Verizon IndyCar Series championship and the Indy 500.
Racing hero: Fernando Alonso and Juan Pablo Montoya
My fitness routine includes: Running, weight-lifting, cycling, swimming
Any pre-race rituals or superstitions: I like to concentrate and “get in the zone.”
The one talent I wish I had: I wish I was good with numbers.
An interesting note about me: I’m afraid of clowns.
2013: Finished ninth in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with a best finish of second at The Milwaukee Mile and four additional podium finishes … earned the inaugural Pro Mazda Spirit Award, given to the driver or team that embodies the “heart of a champion” as they aspire to reach their goals.
2012: Finished seventh in the Star Mazda Championship with two podiums, six top-fives and 14 top-10 finishes.
2011: Finished seventh in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda with two podium finishes
2009: Finished sixth in the Latin American Formula Renault 2.0 series with four podium finishes.
2008: Finished fourth in the French national karting championship with two wins, two pole positions and four podium finishes.
2007: Won the ICA National karting championship.
2006: Won the Junior ICA National karting championship.
2005: Finished second in the Junior ICA karting championship.
2004: Finished fourth in the national Cadet karting championship with one win.
2003: Won the Easykart 60 championship.
2002: Won the Easykart 60 championship.
2001: Won Rookie of the Year honors in Cadet Regional karting championship.
2000: Started competing in go-karts at age 7.