Spencer Pigot’s first Indy Lights weekend sweep the next step in his career

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It was the next logical step for Spencer Pigot.

After posting two weekend sweeps in each of the prior two ladders on the Mazda Road to Indy rung, Pigot delivered his first in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park.

He had two apiece in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda (St. Petersburg and VIR, 2012) and Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires (St. Petersburg and Barber, 2014) respectively.

Both his Saturday and Sunday wins were crushing flag-to-flag romps from pole position, aboard the No. 12 Mazdaspeed-backed Dallara-IL15 Mazda for Juncos Racing.

His Sunday win was the middle chapter of Rising Star Racing’s three-race Sunday sweep, with Neil Alberico (Pro Mazda) and Josef Newgarden (IndyCar) winning races either side of him.

And for Pigot, the wins meant so much after two third-place finishes at St. Petersburg and a hard-luck second at Long Beach to open his Indy Lights account.

“It’s very special,” Pigot told MotorSportsTalk post-race on Sunday. “It was the first one in Indy Lights, for me, the team, we worked really hard.

“We knew it was coming with the speed we had in Long Beach. To come here and not just win, but put a huge gap on the guys behind us, is huge for us and our confidence. It’s very important.”

Pigot has rarely had the consistency to match his pace throughout his four previous years, but with the perfect five-for-five podium start to open 2015 he’s in a very good position for the rest of the year.

Pigot knew he and his Juncos Racing team – having had a year to work together in Pro Mazda last year – have a baseline and have sought to improve it even more at every race thus far this year.

“In Indy Lights, the teams are so good to adapt very quickly,” Pigot explained. “We saw that at St. Petersburg with the Carlin guys, and us, Carlin and a few other guys in Long Beach. I’m not sure track experience is that big a difference where everyone is so good.”

He’ll head to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis weekend looking to rebound after finishing eighth in both races last year, despite qualifying on pole for both.

“I enjoyed the track I guess,” Pigot said. “We had a lot of pace and qualified on pole both races.

“But the first lap is always hectic there with the big long straights and the heavy brake zones.

“As long as we can keep the same pace and stay out of trouble we’ll be OK. But that’s the trick. We just need to get through the first few corners.”

Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

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