Benjamin Pedersen (21) is an elite athlete and professional race car driver and pilots the No. 24 Indy Lights car for Global Racing Group, an elite team new to the Road To Indy series but who has partnered with veteran team HMD Motorsports for the 2021 season.
Benjamin was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1999 and visited his first racetrack at only a few weeks old with his parents. By age 15, he’d won multiple karting races and a regional championship. After racing and competing against the best karting racers in the nation, Benjamin began to explore opportunities to race at a higher level that would keep him on his career trajectory of one day racing in the NTT IndyCar Series. Benjamin stepped up into the FIA F4 US Championship in 2016, the inaugural year of the F4 Series in the U.S. and quickly made headlines by placing 3rd in his first ever event in the F4 car.
In 2017, Benjamin had won three races, had six top podium finishes, two pole positions and set two fastest lap records for Global Racing Group, not to mention some of those events were together with the FIA WEC Championship and FIA Formula One World Championship.
In 2018, Benjamin moved up to the FIA F3 Americas Championship and also took place in select races for the FIA F4 US Championship. He came away with two wins, fourteen top podium finishes, two pole awards and again set two fastest lap records in the F4 class and finished third overall in the F3 class.
Following advice from his mentor Romain Grosjean, one of the top F1 racers in the world who recently just announced his move to the NTT IndyCar series, Benjamin decided the BRDC British F3 Series would be his new focus for 2019 alongside a parallel program in the FIA F3 Americas Championship. He landed a spot on the Douglas Motorsport British F3 Team, one of the top teams in the British F3 Series and earned several podiums throughout the year, also including a win at the famous Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit. As the year came to an end and having much success in America as well within FIA F3, he was called one of the most exciting up and comers to watch after winning a combined eight races, eleven top podium finishes, four pole positions and set two fastest lap records. He also rounded out the season in a remarkably close runner up position (2nd) in the FIA F3 Americas Championship despite missing 6 conflicting races with British F3.
In constant pursuit of his dream to race in the NTT IndyCar series, Benjamin spent another full year in Europe to better his skills and he joined top running team Double R Racing for the 2020 BRDC British F3 Championship. Together they scored multiple podiums and a win within British F3 and they also found great success doing a one off EuroFormula Open round at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
For the 2021 season, Benjamin has moved back to the United States to pursue a step up into the prestigious Indy Lights Series with Global Racing Group, the highest step of the Road to Indy program just under the NTT Indy Car series.
Throughout his career, Benjamin has strategically competed in the highest level of junior open wheel racing with some of the biggest names to hone his skills in preparation for the prestigious 2021 Indy Lights season.
Benjamin has proven himself to be a fast, capable driver, but the fact he is most proud of is that he is one of the youngest drivers on the circuit and one of the most professional. Benjamin’s precision/clean-aggressive driving style has made him not only a fan favorite but one of the drivers getting the most media exposure also.
When Benjamin isn’t in the race car, He spends most of his time in the gym focusing on his fitness levels and also enjoys an active lifestyle that includes dirt bikes, snowmobiling, skiing, cycling, action sports, and traveling.