CLEARWATER, Fla. – After winning both the drivers’ championship and the coveted teams’ championship – for the second successive year – during a stellar 2012 campaign, Team Pelfrey today laid out its plan for continued success by confirming that rising American star Spencer Pigot will spearhead its attack on this year’s Pro Mazda Championship.
The signing represents a natural progression for Pigot, who caught the eye of team owner Dale Pelfrey during his initial season of professional racing in 2011 and served as a Team Pelfrey Development Driver last year.
The 19-year-old from Orlando, Fla., finished a close second in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, winning eight of the 14 races while driving for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing.
“I’m really looking forward to the upcoming season with Team Pelfrey,” said Pigot. “Dale has supported me for the past year, so now to be able to drive for his team is another great opportunity. I can’t wait to get back on track and start working with the engineers to develop the car on Cooper Tires. It’s going to be a very tough year but I’m excited about the new challenges. With a great team behind me I’m confident we can fight for wins.”
Team Pelfrey has undergone some internal changes during the off-season and has attracted the services of hugely experienced and widely respected race engineers Stefan Dwornik and Darrell Soppe to maintain its championship-winning level of performance.
Dwornik, who hails originally from England, has worked with a variety of teams and drivers in IndyCar, Indy Lights, Formula 3 and Formula Atlantic during his 35-plus years in the sport, while Soppe also has an extensive background in the IndyCar ranks sincejoining Penske Racing and working on Rick Mears’ cars in the late 1970s.
“I am very proud of what this team has achieved in just two years and excited to have Spencer on our team for this season,” said Pelfrey. “He has shown his capabilities over the past few years and I know he is ready to make this next step. At the same time I am delighted that Stefan and Darrell have joined our team as we move forward. Their massive experience will be crucial in helping Spencer develop as a driver.”