Driver – #20
As the winningest driver in the Mazda Road to Indy, Spencer Pigot earned four scholarships from Mazda to continue his career’s momentum towards the Verizon IndyCar Series. In five years, he won four championships and 24 races in USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights.
After winning the 2015 Indy Lights championship, Pigot ran his guaranteed three-race Verizon IndyCar Series program in a Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda. Following the Indianapolis 500, Pigot transitioned to the Chevrolet-powered ECR team to compete the remaining road and street course races in the No. 20.
After joining ECR, Pigot scored two Top 10 finishes in seven races, including a career-best 7th at Mid-Ohio. 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 will retain his duties as the road and street course driver for the No. 20 Chevrolet for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Birthdate: September 29, 1993
Hometown: Orlando, Fla.
Marital Status: Single
Top 10 Finishes: 2
First Start: 3/13/16 (St. Petersburg)
Winning his first championship at the tender age of ten, rising star Spencer Pigot is well on his way to a dream career in motorsports. 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 racked up in his junior days, along with numerous pole positions, podium finishes and race wins, Spencer’s talent and race craft was obvious from the beginning.
Making the progression from karts to cars came naturally to Pigot as he was successful in open wheel racing immediately. Entering select events of the Skip Barber Regional series, the Windermere, Fla. resident 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. Not to be outdone, Pigot 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, Spencer 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 is 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 8 wins, 5 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 IndyCar 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.
On June 2, 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 ninth-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.
Since 2014, the No. 20 has been split between team owner Ed Carpenter on the ovals and a second driver for the road and street races. Pigot is the first driver to have the road and street course seat of the No. 20 for a second year as he continues in the role in 2017.
Verizon IndyCar Series Career History
– Announced as road and street course driver for Ed Carpenter Racing’s No. 20 on January 17
– First driver to have No. 20’s road and street course seat for a second season
– 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