Indy Lights: Pigot follows up Barber pole with race one dominance


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Spencer Pigot did what he needed to do Saturday following a dominant run to pole on Friday in the first Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires race of the weekend at Barber Motorsports Park, en route to his first win in the series.

The Rising Star Racing-backed driver, who advanced into Indy Lights via the Mazda scholarship after winning last year’s Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, enjoyed a perfect race Saturday at the 2.3-mile track.

Pigot led all 30 laps in the No. 12 Juncos Racing Dallara IL15-Mazda en route to a 6.7109-second win over Jack Harvey, who posted his third runner-up finish in four races to open the year.

Besides Pigot, the other star of the race was RC Enerson, who gained two spots on the opening lap and then defended perfectly against Ed Jones. Carlin’s Jones opened the year with three wins in as many races but was never able to get around Enerson for third.

Contact occurred at the first turn of the opening lap between Juan Piedrahita, Sean Rayhall and Scott Anderson. Piedrahita got into Rayhall, who then got into Anderson. Both Rayhall and Anderson pitted for new front wings; Rayhall, on sticker tires, later set the fastest race lap of 1:13.8312 in his debut race with 8Star Motorsports.

Highlights of today’s race one, and Round 4 of the season, will be shown during the Indy Lights race broadcast on NBCSN, which will air Monday morning at midnight ET (9 p.m. PT Sunday night).

Seattle Supercross by the numbers: Three riders separated by 17 points


Three riders remain locked in a tight battle with 17 points separating the leader Cooper Webb from third-place Chase Sexton and these are only a few Supercross numbers to consider entering Seattle.

Seattle Supercross numbers
Chase Sexton made a statement in Detroit with his second win of 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

For the fifth time in 10 rounds. Sexton, Webb, and Eli Tomac shared the podium in Detroit. Between them, the trio has taken 23 podiums, leaving only seven for the remainder of the field. Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia have two each with Aaron Plessinger scoring the other.

Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.

Tomac has won two of the last three Seattle races and those two wins in this stadium are topped only by James Stewart. Fittingly, if Tomac gets a third win this week, he will tie Stewart for second on the all-time wins’ list. Tomac tied Ricky Carmichael for third with 48 wins at Oakland and took sole possession of that spot with his Daytona win.

Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.

The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.

In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.

Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.

Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.

Last Five Seattle Winners

2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto

2022: Hunter Lawrence
2019: Dylan Ferrandis
2018: Aaron Plessinger
2017: Aaron Plessinger
2014: Cole Seely

By the Numbers

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