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.
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.”