BROWNSBURG, Ind. — Spencer Pigot is the latest driver to join Juncos Racing to contest the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship, the second step in the IndyCar Mazda Road to Indy ladder.
In 2009, his first year in car racing after developing his skills racing karts, Pigot achieved five wins in the Skip Barber Eastern Region races in nine starts. He was named a 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 12 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.
“I’m really looking forward to the beginning of the 2014 season,” Pigot said. “It’s been a while since the last race I did, so I’m looking forward to being back on the grid. It’s going to be a tough season — there are a lot of fast drivers. Juncos Racing is a great team and hopefully we can fight for wins consistently throughout the year.”
The last time team owner Ricardo Juncos worked with 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,” Juncos said. “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. 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.”