Pigot to drive Pro Mazda in 2014
With an extensive and decorated career thus far, 20-year-old Spencer Pigot continues scaling the INDYCAR ladder in the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires.
As young drivers often do, Pigot started racing karts at the onset of his career. The impact he made in the karting world, however, would soon set him apart from his competitors, gaining seven championship titles—four state, one regional, and two national. His strong presence at the karting level would foreshadow his upcoming career in open-wheel racing.
After his karting career came to a close, Pigot was already looking ahead to what was next—open-wheel racing. In 2009, his first year in car racing, Spencer achieved five wins in the Skip Barber Eastern Region races out of nine starts, he was named the Official MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Driver and he wrapped up the year as the “Skip Barber karting Shootout” Scholarship Award winner.
Following his 2009 season, Pigot continued to strive for more titles in open-wheel racing. He was Champion of the 2010 Skip Barber National Series with three wins, five poles, and twelve podium finishes. Pigot claimed the title of Vice-Champion in the USF2000 Cooper Tires Championship in 2011 and in 2012. Despite missing the Championship by a few points, he won eight races, which doubled those of the eventual winner. He also won the Cooper Tires USF2000 Winter Fest Championship in 2012. His rookie season in the Pro Mazda Championship began in 2013, and he picked up one win, one pole, and five podium finishes along the way. Pigot was chosen for the Rising Star Racing program the same year, which is designed to help fund a very select group of young open wheel drivers.
The last time team owner Ricardo Juncos worked with Spencer Pigot was almost a decade ago. As one of Pigot’s former coaches during his karting days, Juncos now graciously accepts another opportunity to mentor the young driver.
“Having Spencer back with us after 7 years is a nice story, “ team owner Ricardo Juncos stated. “We have known each other since he was 10 years old when he raced go-karts, and I had the chance to help him in the beginning of his racing career.” Looking forward to 2014, he added, “Now I have the chance to work with him again. He is definitely one of the best, more experienced drivers in Pro Mazda, and he’s the driver every team wants. For us, it’s an honor to have him for the 2014 season. I can’t wait to start this year.”