2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires champion Spencer Pigot will have a chance to continue his maiden Verizon IndyCar Series season in seven of the remaining 10 races.
Pigot will switch from Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, where he started the guaranteed three races as a result of the Mazda Scholarship awarded after winning the third and final rung on the Andersen Promotions-operated Mazda Road to Indy ladder, to Ed Carpenter Racing for the remaining road and street course races this year. It was announced on Thursday.
The move is a natural one for the young American, who is one of the drivers Rising Star Racing principal Art Wilmes has sought to support the last few years.
He’ll team with Josef Newgarden, who’s Rising Star Racing’s ambassador and driver mentor. This also means the No. 20 Chevrolet – which Ed Carpenter will drive at the three remaining ovals at Texas, Iowa and Pocono – will be in action for the final 10 races of the season.
“I’m very excited to be joining Ed Carpenter Racing for the remainder of the season on road and street courses,” Pigot said.
“ECR has been very strong in 2016 and I hope we can continue to build on the success they’ve already had.
“I have to thank Fuzzy’s Vodka and Rising Star Racing for the opportunity to continue my IndyCar career this season.
“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.”
“We are really excited to be able to add Spencer to the ECR lineup and finish out the year with the 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka car at all of the races,” team owner Ed Carpenter added.
“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’s three races with RLL netted results of 14th, 11th and 25th at St. Petersburg, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Indianapolis 500.
At the last race, Pigot rebounded from an accident in practice during the week to drive a new chassis in the race. The team was caught out when a yellow flag came out and the pits were closed, which dropped him back a bit.