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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Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.