Indianapolis, Ind. (12 January 2015) – The holiday decorations might all be put away, but for Rising Star Racing driver Spencer Pigot, it's understandable that he might feel like Christmas is still one day away.
Pigot will get his first laps aboard the all-new Indy Lights Dallara IL-15 this week with two days of testing at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR). He looks to take his 2014 championship-winning momentum along with him as he makes the next step up along the Mazda Road to Indy.
The test is the kick off to the 2015 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires season as the series works to facilitate the deployment of the all-new Dallara that will debut this season. Pigot has twice had the opportunity to test in Indy Lights machinery, but this week's two day open testing at PBIR will mark his first exposure to the new specification chassis.
"I'm really excited to get to PBIR and drive the Mazda powered IL-15 for the first time,"Â� said Pigot. "We've been working on the car for a while now in the shop and now, we finally get to drive it! Hopefully we can get a lot of laps in and start to develop the car for the season. It's been a while since I last drove a car, so I can't wait for Tuesday."Â�
While the car will be new, the surroundings will be familiar for the 2014 Pro Mazda champion as he has been signed by Juncos Racing for the 2015 season. Pigot has a long history with the squad that is headed by Ricardo Juncos, including his dominating run to the title last year. That sense of familiarity could be key as the team takes on the new Championship and new equipment.
"Everything has been coming together well and it's been great to spend time in the Juncos shop as the team puts everything together,"Â� said Pigot. "We fired the Mazda engine up the other day and it was pretty exciting. I think this is an awesome package. We want to start getting familiar with the car and start developing as much as we can. We've got a lot of track time so we just want to make the most of this first test""I'm just really excited about it."Â�
The forward progression of Pigot's racing career exemplifies the mission of Rising Star Racing. Formed in 2014, Rising Star Racing has a unique mission to help ensure that the most deserving drivers get the opportunities they have earned. Pigot dominated the Pro Mazda Championship last year by taking home eight victories and nine pole positions en route to the championship title.
Those efforts of the 21-year-old Rising Star see Pigot continue to grow as a driver and advance on the "ËœMazda Road to Indy' ladder with the ultimate goal of competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires kicks off the 2015 season March 28-29th on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. For more information please visit juncosracing.com and indylights.com.
2015 Palm Beach Open Test
Tuesday, January 13
9:00am-12:00pm: Indy Lights Test Session 1
1:00pm-5:00pm: Indy Lights Test Session 2
Wednesday, January 14:
9:00am-12:00pm: Indy Lights Test Session 3
1:00pm -5:00pm: Indy Lights Test Session 4
Updates to follow at http://www.risingstarracing.com as well as via Twitter: twitter.com/RisingStarRcng
Spencer Pigot races with the support of Rising Star Racing as well as Doug Mockett & Company (www.mockett.com), The Stutz (http://thestutz.com/), Vitamin-DPro App (vitamin-d-pro.com), and OMP (www.ompracing-usa.com)
Neil Alberico races with the support of Rising Star Racing as well as Arai (www.araiamericas.com), Eformulacarnews (www.eformulacarnews.com), OMP Racing (www.ompracing-usa.com), J&M Trophies (www.jmtrophies.com), Oakley (www.oakley.com), the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving (www.bondurant.com), and SafeisFast (www.safeisfast.com).
Rising Star Racing Drivers:
Birthdate: September 29, 1993
Born: Pasadena, California
Twitter: www. twitter.com/SpencerPigot
2014: Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires Champion
Birthdate: October 7, 1992
Born: Santa Clara, CA
2014: Third in Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires Championship
Birthdate: December 22, 1990
Born: Nashville, TN
Rising Star Racing