INDYCAR: Pigot impresses with best rookie performance at Road America

INDYCAR: Pigot impresses with best rookie performance at Road America


INDYCAR: Pigot impresses with best rookie performance at Road America


Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot earned his best result during an abbreviated rookie IndyCar campaign on Sunday as the defending Indy Lights champion took ninth in the No. 20 ECR Chevy.

It was only Pigot’s sixth race of the year, his third so far with ECR, and came as a result of blending speed and consistency. The young American followed teammate Josef Newgarden home and held off next-generation drivers Carlos Munoz, Jack Hawksworth, and Marco Andretti to serve as IndyCar’s top rookie performer.

“I had a lot of fun out there today – it was a really fun race,” Pigot said. “For the first half of the race we were kind of by ourselves, but towards the end – after the restart – to be around (Juan) Montoya and Simon (Pagenaud) and guys I’ve been watching for so many years, to be racing against them so close was really cool. I just can’t thank this team enough for having me, Fuzzy’s Vodka and Chevrolet and Rising Star Racing, and we’re looking forward to building on this next time out.”

Pigot shares the No. 20 with his team owner, who will take over the car for the next round on the 0.875-milke Iowa Speedway oval on July 10, but will be back in the car on July 17 when IndyCar moves to the streets of Toronto. With previous track knowledge at Road America and Toronto, Pigot should be able to use his growing experience to build momentum and take on more established starts as the season speeds toward the September finale in Sonoma.

“I think having raced here in the past definitely helped getting up to speed with the car and the track here throughout the race,” he said. “Knowing where to pass and, if you overshoot a corner, where you can kind of get away with it and where it’s going to bite you.

“At the end there it was pretty wild. You have to fight so hard for every position. A couple of times going into Turn 5, Carlos (Munoz) and I and Simon (Pagenaud) and I braked way too late, I thought, and somehow came out the other end. It was just cool to be racing against these guys.”

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