Current Indy Lights champion Spencer Pigot had added the Rolex 24 at Daytona to a 2016 programme that already includes his first appearances in the IndyCar Series.
The 22-year old is the first driver to win four Mazda development scholarships as he climbed from grassroots racing to the top of the open-wheel ladder, but will join the #55 Mazda Prototype entry at Daytona before making his first IndyCar start, pairing with full-season drivers Jonathan Bomarito and Tristan Nunez for the twice-round-the-clock marathon.
Following several lower-level championships with Mazda backing, Pigot won the Pro Mazda championship in 2014. The title earned him the scholarship to progress up to Indy Lights in 2015, where he won six races and the championship in his rookie season. With the Indy Lights championship, Pigot earned the $1m Mazda scholarship
, entitling him to three IndyCar races, including the historical 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 with the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team.
“The Mazda Road to Indy has been very important to my development as a driver,” Pigot admitted, “The cars within the ladder system train you to compete at the top levels of motorsport and, because I had done a full season with the Indy Lights car with Mazda turbo power, I was able to get comfortable with the power and downforce of the Prototype pretty quickly. Driving in the Daytona 24 Hours is a new experience for me which I'm very excited about. Mazda have been a huge part of my career and I can't thank them enough for the opportunity to drive in the Rolex 24.”
Pigot will also be joined by Britain's Ben Devlin at Daytona, the sportscar veteran teaming with full-season co-drivers Tom Long and Joel Miller in the #70 entry.