Driver – #21
After two seasons as the road and street course driver of Ed Carpenter Racing’s No. 20, Spencer Pigot will move to the No. 21 in 2018 and race full-time in the Verizon IndyCar Series. In 2017, Pigot became the first driver to retain the road and street course seat of the No. 20 for a second year and will continue with ECR as the driver of the No. 21 for the entirety of the 2018 season.
The 24-year-old’s first full season of Indy car competition is the next step in a career which has seen him collect multiple championships and scholarships along the Mazda Road to Indy. In five years, Pigot became the winningest driver in the MRTI, winning four championships and 24 races in USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights. All but four of Pigot’s 22 Indy car starts have been with Ed Carpenter Racing.
Birthdate: September 29, 1993
Hometown: Orlando, Fla.
Marital Status: Single
Top 5 Finishes: 2
Top 10 Finishes: 10
First Start: 3/13/16 (St. Petersburg)
Winning his first championship at the tender age of ten, Spencer Pigot’s talent and race craft was obvious from the beginning. Getting his start in the karting ranks, Pigot quickly became a presence in the national karting scene with four state, one regional and two national championships in his junior days.
Making the progression from karts to cars came naturally to Pigot as he was successful in open wheel racing immediately. The Orlando, Fla.-native earned a victory in only his second-ever Skip Barber race at the famed Sebring International Raceway. From there, Pigot won four of six races contested in the Skip Barber Summer Series, finished third in his Skip Barber National debut and finished first in class at the SCCA 13 Hour Endurance Race at Virginia International Raceway. He went on to win the Skip Barber Karting Shootout scholarship in 2009 and a fully funded ride in the Skip Barber National series as an Official MazdaSpeed Development Driver. With three wins, five poles and a total of 11 podium finishes, the American talent captured the 2010 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National presented by Mazda championship. To add to his already impressive resume, Pigot was awarded the prestigious Team USA Scholarship and the opportunity to take part in the ultra-competitive Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy in England.
As the emerging name among the junior open wheel ranks, Pigot continued his climb up the motorsports ladder when he was announced as the second entry for Andretti Autosport in their 2011 USF2000 National Championship campaign. Piloting the #8 car, Spencer went on to win three races, get four pole positions, eight podium finishes and one track record. He finished second overall in the USF2000 Championship. In addition, he won the Team USA Scholarship for a second time and was given the chance to race in the Duratec class of the British Formula Ford Festival.
In 2012, Pigot returned to the USF2000 National Championship with Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing. They shared immediate success by winning the USF2000 WinterFest Championship. Pigot scored victories in five out of six races en-route to the title. Driving the #2 car in the USF2000 National Championship, Pigot ended the year with eight wins, five pole positions, 11 podium finishes and two track records out of 14 races. Ultimately, he finished second in the championship despite winning twice as many races as the eventual champion.
For the 2013 racing season, Pigot moved up the Mazda Road to Indy into the Pro Mazda Championship with Team Pelfrey. He claimed one win, five podium positions and finished 4th in the final points standings.
Pigot rejoined forces with his old karting team, Juncos Racing, who had also moved up the racing ladder into the Pro Mazda Series for the 2014 championship. Success came immediately as he won the Cooper Tires Pro Mazda WinterFest Championship with two wins and four pole positions out of the four-race championship. They dominated the early part of the championship by winning the first four races in a row at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix and Barber Motorsports Park. Pigot went on to win two more races throughout the year and was crowned the 2014 Pro Mazda Champion. In addition to his Pro Mazda season he also competed in the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Canada by Michelin with Alegra Motorsports. He won two races and finished 3rd in the championship.
In 2015, Pigot and Juncos Racing moved up to the Indy Lights Championship. As rookies, they won six races en route to winning the 2015 Indy Lights Championship. Pigot won a fourth scholarship from Mazda to continue his path to the Verizon IndyCar Series. He made his Indy car debut with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing on March 13, 2016 at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, advancing eight positions from his qualifying spot to finish 14th. He also competed in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis in early May and in the iconic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.
Following the 500, it was announced that Pigot would transition to the Chevrolet-powered No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka car for Ed Carpenter Racing. Pigot competed in the remaining seven road and street course events for ECR, scoring two Top 10 finishes along the way. In only his second event weekend in the No. 20, his 9th place finish at Road America was the highest of all rookies. A career-best finish of 7th came at Mid-Ohio, where he was also the top-finishing ECR car. He took the checkered flag in nine out of ten races his rookie year, his streak broken only at the season finale when a mechanical issue sidelined him from competition. Pigot worked on improving from his qualifying attempts each weekend, gaining an average of six positions in every race he finished.
Pigot became the first driver to have the road and street course seat of the No. 20 for a second year as he continued in the role in 2017. In his sophomore season, he was credited with over 50 on-track passes for position, but unfortunate circumstances limited him to three Top 10 finishes. He was running 5th in St. Petersburg when a brake rotor ignited; a misfire of the engine at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway dropped him from 6th; and he had climbed to 8th at Road America when he had to make two lengthy pit stops for repairs to the suspension. In Toronto, Pigot gained seven positions in the first 15 green flag laps but was relegated to the rear of the field after one of his tires was cut by another competitor. He continually improved throughout the season, matching his best qualifying position to date in the second-to-last race of the year at Watkins Glen International and led the first laps of his Indy car career. As the No. 20 is piloted by team owner Ed Carpenter in the Indianapolis 500, Pigot reunited with Juncos Racing in May of 2017 for the opportunity to race in the legendary event for the second time.
After two seasons as the road and street course driver of No. 20, Spencer Pigot will move to the No. 21 in 2018 and race full-time in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Verizon IndyCar Series Career History
– Competing in first full-time Verizon IndyCar Series season as driver of the No. 21
– Advanced in qualifying for the first time at the Indianapolis road course, earning highest road course starting position of 9th
– Made the prestigious Fast Nine Shootout for the Indianapolis 500, turning in career-best qualifying effort of 6th
– Led the Indianapolis 500 and street course of Toronto
– Earned first Indy car podium and highest career result with 2nd place at Iowa Speedway
– Landed best career road course finish of 4th in penultimate round of the season at Portland International Raceway
– Competed in 11 events for ECR as the first driver to have No. 20’s road and street course seat for a second season
– Ran the 2017 Indianapolis 500 with Juncos Racing
– Three Top 10 finishes including a season-best 8th at Long Beach
– Credited with over 50 on-track passes for position
– Led first career laps in second-to-last race of the season at Watkins Glen
– Made first three starts with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing as part of guaranteed three-race program after winning the Indy Lights championship
– Rookie in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 with RLLR, finishing 25th
– Joined Ed Carpenter Racing the week following the Indy 500 as road and street course driver for the No. 20
– In only his second event weekend with ECR, his ninth-place finish at Road America was the highest of all rookies
– Career-best finish of 7th at Mid-Ohio, also the top-finishing ECR ca
– Finished nine out of ten races his rookie year, streak broken only at the season finale after a mechanical issue
– Gained an average of six spots from his qualifying position every race he finished
Road to the Verizon IndyCar Series
– Competed in IMSA North American Endurance Cup races in a Mazda Prototype (Rolex 24 at Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, 6 Hours of Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans)
– Won Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship for Juncos Racing
– Earned six wins, four poles and 10 podium finishes en route to championship
– Won Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires title for Juncos Racing with six wins, five poles and seven podium finishes
– Won Pro Mazda Cooper Tires WinterFest championship with two wins, four poles and four podiums in four starts
– Finished third in Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Canada for Alegra Motorsports with two wins, one pole and eight podium finishes.
– Finished fourth in Pro Mazda Championship for Team Pelfrey with a win, pole a five podium finishes
– Made two starts in European F3 Open event for Wes-Tec at Paul Ricard, finishing fifth in Race 2
– Made four starts in Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Canada win a win, pole and three podium finishes
– Finished second in Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda standings for Cape Motorsport with Wayne Taylor Racing with eight wins, 11 podiums and pole positions
– Won Cooper Tires USF2000 WinterFest championship with five wins in six races
– Finished second in USF2000 Championship standings for Andretti Autosport with three wins, four poles and eight podium finishes
– Finished second in Cooper Tires WinterFest with two wins and two poles
– Earned Team USA Scholarship to compete in Duratec Class of the Formula Ford festival and the MSA Formula Ford Championship event at Silverstone with Cliff Dempsey Racing
– Won the BF Goodrich/Skip Barber National Series presented by Mazda championship with three wins, five poles and 12 podium finishes in 14 starts and named series’ top rookie
– Earned Team USA Scholarship for first time
– Won pole for Formula Ford Festival and finished fourth in the final with race’s fastest
– Finished seventh in Walter Hayes Trophy
– Competed in Ontario Formula Ford championship event at Mosport, finishing first and second in doubleheader event
– Won Skip Barber Karting Shoot Out” Scholarship Award and became an official MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Driver
– Won in his first Skip Barber race weekend at Sebring and five Skip Barber Eastern Region races out of nine starts
– Won class in SCCA 13- Hour Endurance Race at VIR. Finished sixth overall.
- Competed in karting winning numerous Stars of Kartng, WKA and Florida State championships