INDYCAR: Rahal Letterman Lanigan Adds Pigot for 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500

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BROWNSBURG, Ind. – official team release — Chris Jones/IndyCar photo —

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced Tuesday that the team will prepare an entry for 2015 Indy Lights champion Spencer Pigot in three Verizon IndyCar Series events in 2016, including the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

The team will field an entry for Pigot at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, with plans to increase the number of events, and sponsorship details will be announced at a later date.

Pigot, 22, earned back to back championships the past two seasons.  In 2014 he won the Pro Mazda championship with six wins, five poles and seven podium finishes as well as the Winterfest Championship.  In 2015 he earned six wins, four poles and 10 podium finishes en route to the Indy Lights title.  Both seasons were with Juncos Racing.  Pigot drove an Indy car for the first time at a one-day test at Sonoma Raceway in August with Team Penske.

“I’m very excited and honored to be starting my career in the Verizon IndyCar Series with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” said Pigot.  “It’s always been my goal to be an Indy car driver and be in the Indianapolis 500. I can’t thank everyone at RLL and Andersen Promotions enough for this opportunity. I think it’s a great place for me to be as a rookie because of all the experience within the team. The team is coming off a great 2015 season and hopefully we can build on that success.”

“The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is going to be a very special moment for me and the highlight of my career so far. It’s what I’ve been working towards ever since I started racing. It’s the biggest race in the world and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

“All of us at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing are very pleased that we were able to work with Dan Andersen and the IndyCar Series to bring Spencer to our team for these events,” added Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with David Letterman and Mike Lanigan.  “I have gotten to know Spencer over the years and have been impressed with his progression through the various series, being champion in Pro Mazda and the Indy Lights Series.  Clearly the Indy Lights platform is a very good one for young drivers trying  to reach IndyCar and I am confident that Spencer can shine with our team.”

“At RLL, we have a track record of bringing young drivers in to the IndyCar Series like Danica Patrick, and giving experienced drivers new opportunities to recapture their past success like Ryan Hunter-Reay and Buddy Rice did with the team. We’re looking forward to having Spencer, another young American driver in the series, alongside Graham and are excited about what the future holds.”

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