Reigning Indy Lights champion Spencer Pigot will join the Ed Carpenter Racing team for the remainder of the road and street course portion of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.
Beginning this weekend at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit, the #20 car driven by team owner Ed Carpenter on the oval events will be entrusted to Pigot, who graduated to the IndyCar Series on a part-time basis at the start of the season.
“I'm very excited to be joining Ed Carpenter Racing for the remainder of the season,” Pigot commented, “ECR has been very strong in 2016 and I hope we can continue to build on the success they've already had.”
Pigot made his IndyCar debut with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on 13 March, 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 last weekend's 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. Despite running out of fuel in the final quarter of the race and needing to be towed back into pit-lane, Pigot managed to complete the race and take the chequered flag in the 25th position.
The 22-year old Orlando native will climb into the #20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet for the first time on Friday, and the unique schedule in Detroit will see him compete in two full races over Saturday and Sunday, joining full-time ECR driver Josef Newgarden in the double-header. Carpenter will return to the #20 at Texas Motor Speedway next weekend.
“We are really excited to be able to add Spencer to the ECR line-up and finish out the year with the 20 Fuzzy's Vodka car at all of the races,” team owner Ed Carpenter acknowledged, “Spencer is a definite young talent who came through the Road to Indy and we look forward to finishing the year strong with him!”
Pigot worked his way up to the Verizon IndyCar Series through the Mazda Road to Indy, winning 24 races in USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights. Last year alone, he captured six wins, four poles and ten podium finishes on his way to becoming the 2015 Indy Lights champion. He has earned no fewer than four scholarship prizes from Mazda to maintain his career's momentum to get to the Verizon IndyCar Series.
“I have to thank Fuzzy's Vodka and Rising Star Racing for the opportunity to continue my IndyCar career this season,” Pigot noted, “This weekend in Detroit will be the first time we work together, they have a lot of talented people within the team and we will try to hit the ground running. I'd also like to thank Bobby Rahal and the RLL team for giving me my first shot in IndyCar.”