Spencer Pigot scored season-best finish at Road America

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With an eighth in the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Spencer Pigot scored his best finish of 2018 and the second-best of his career.

A top-10 finish was never seriously in question. Pigot started 10th, but was in the line affected by Will Power’s loss of power during the opening lap. He dropped to 15th, but climbed back into 10th by lap three. From there, it was a matter of maintaining the best track position possible as Pigot moved up and down the order slightly during pit stops and as a result of tire strategy.

“We had a frustrating start,” Pigot said. “Getting boxed it and not having anywhere to go when Will (Power) had his issue. We fell back quite a lot, but made up those positions and more throughout the first stint. The car was working really well for me.”

Pigot came within one lap of tying his career best Verizon IndyCar Series finish of seventh. He took the white flag in seventh, but Simon Pagenaud had the advantage of sticker red Firestone Firehawks.

Spencer Pigot had his best finish of 2018 at the KOHLER Grand Prix. Photo: IndyCar

“We just tried to hit our fuel number and have clean stops, which we did. The Direct Supply crew did a great job for me. I would have like to have stayed seventh, but Simon had a good pass on me there at the end. Overall, it was a pretty solid weekend.”

Pigot’s first career top-10 came on this track in 2016 when he finished ninth after starting 17th. A 12th on this track last year gives Pigot a perfect record of top-10s.

Pigot’s top-10 at Road America, along with an 11th at Texas Motor Speedway, has solidified his position 15th in the points standings – 16 points ahead of Zach Veach, but only two behind Tony Kanaan.

Pigot’s teammate Jordan King also scored his best finish of the season. He brought Ed Carpenter’s No. 20 home 12th, which was his second top-15 of the season in seven races.

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Final 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona results, stats

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall results were all streaks: two consecutive victories in the endurance classic for Meyer Shank Racing and three in a row for Acura.

And Helio Castroneves became the second driver to win three consecutive Rolex 24s and the first to win in three straight years (Peter Gregg won in 1973, ’75 and ’76; the race wasn’t held in ’74 because of a global oil crisis).

Starting from the pole position, Tom Blomqvist took the checkered flag in the No. 60 ARX-06 that led a race-high 365 of 783 laps with co-drivers Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Colin Braun.

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona l By class

Meyer Shank Racing now has two Rolex 24 victories and the 2022 championship since entering the premier prototype category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021.

“I think what’s so special about this team is we are a small team compared to some of our opponents, but the atmosphere, the way we work, enables people to get the best out of themselves, and I think that’s why we’re such high achievers,” Blomqvist said. “I think there’s no egos. It’s a very open book, and that just enables each and every one of us to reach our potential. I think that’s why we’ve achieved so much success in really a short time at this level of competition.”

It’s the 16th IMSA victory for MSR.

The 61st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona marked the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype category that brought hybrid engine technology to IMSA’s top level.

In other categories:

LMP2: James Allen passed Ben Hanley on the final lap and delivered a victory in the No. 55 ORECA by 0.016 seconds. It’s the second IMSA victory for Proton Competition, which last won at Sebring in 2012. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Allen and co-drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Poordad and Francesco Pizzi.

GTD Pro: Cooper MacNeil won in the last start of his IMSA career as the No. 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for WeatherTech Racing and the team’s fourth career victory.

MacNeil, who co-drove with Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella, earned his 12th career victory and first at the Rolex 24.

“Winning by last IMSA race is tremendous,” MacNeil said.

GTD: The No. 27 Heart of Racing Team delivered the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for Aston Martin, which has been competing in endurance races at Daytona International Speedway since 1964. Drivers Marco Sorensen, Roman De Angelis, Darren Turner and Ian James (also the team principal) earned the victory in the English brand’s 13th attempt.

It’s also the first Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Heart of Racing, which has seven IMSA wins.

LMP3: Anthony Mantella, Wayne Boyd, Nico Varrone and Thomas Merrill drove the No. 17 AWA Duqueine D08 to victory by 12 laps for the team’s first class win in IMSA.


STATS PACKAGE FOR ROLEX 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Lap chart

Leader sequence

Race analysis by lap

Stint analysis

Time cards

Pit stop time cards

Best sector times

Race distance and speed average

Flag analysis

Weather report

NEXT: The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will resume with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 18 with coverage across NBC, USA and Peacock.