Spencer Pigot will be part of this year’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
After Ed Carpenter Racing had stated they would not be entering an entry for Pigot, it seemed as though he was left on the sidelines. However, it was announced that Pigot would drive the N. 11 Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet on Tuesday.
“I am personally very happy to be able to formally announce that Spencer (Pigot) will be driving for Juncos Racing in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500,” said Juncos Racing owner Ricardo Juncos. “As most people know Spencer started with our team in 2003 driving Karts. We reunited in 2014 and won the Pro Mazda Series championship then Spencer helped us win the Indy Lights team championship in 2015. This is, hopefully, the next step in our successful relationship together.
“I want to thank Ed Carpenter for allowing Spencer to take advantage of this opportunity. I also have to thank Oceanfront Recovery and Rising Star Racing for their support as well as Chevrolet for supplying the power and durability that our team will need to successfully compete in the Indy 500.”
The 23-year-old previously drove for Juncos Racing, winning the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires in 2014, followed by the Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires a year later. Pigot ran 10 Verizon IndyCar Series events last year, including the Indianapolis 500, with a career-best seventh-place finish at Mid-Ohio. This year, he is scheduled to run all the road and street course events for Ed Carpenter Racing.
“First I want to thank Ricardo (Juncos) for this opportunity,” Pigot said. “We have had a long, successful relationship from karts to the Mazda Road to Indy series and hopefully we can repeat that success at Indy this month. I also want to thank my sponsors, Oceanfront Recovery, Rising Star Racing and P1 Management for making this possible. The Indy 500 is the greatest race in the world and to be able to drive in it again is fantastic. Last year was my first Indy 500, and I learned a lot. I am confident that I will be able to apply what I learned and a better result this time around.”
Juncos Racing announced earlier this year they would be expanding from the Mazda Road to Indy this season, running the Indianapolis 500 before a possible full slate in 2018.
Pigot’s effort will see sponsorship from Oceanfront Recovery through Rising Star Racing.
Bobby Hillis, Founder of Oceanfront Recovery, said, “Oceanfront Recovery is excited to join Juncos Racing through Rising Star Racing as the primary sponsor of Spencer Pigot’s No. 11 Chevy entry for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. In his sophomore season, Spencer has proven that he has the pace to fight with Verizon IndyCar Series veterans. Through Spencer’s car, Oceanfront Recovery is raising awareness about the critical importance of essential health benefits to combat the opiate epidemic. On May 28th, we will be very honored to have our company and its vital mission displayed on a worldwide stage.”
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