SONOMA, Calif. – After two years as the road and street course driver for Ed Carpenter Racing’s No. 20 team, Spencer Pigot has been elevated to full-time status with the organization for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Pigot will move to the No. 21 in 2018 and pair with team owner Ed Carpenter, who will again race the oval events in the No. 20 entry.
The 23-year-old’s first full season of Indy car competition is the next step in a career which has seen him collect multiple championships along the Mazda Road to Indy, prior to joining ECR last year. Pigot became the first driver to retain the road and street course seat of the No. 20 for a second year when he was re-signed for 2017.
“To say I am excited about 2018 would be an understatement. I have really enjoyed my time so far with Ed Carpenter Racing and this is the next step in what I hope is a long, successful partnership with the team in the Verizon IndyCar Series,” said Pigot. “I am very thankful to Ed Carpenter, Tony George, Stuart Reed and everyone at ECR for their confidence in me to deliver the results the team deserves. It is a privilege to represent Fuzzy’s Vodka, Preferred Freezer Services, Direct Supply and all of the other partners of ECR in 2018.”
“I will still have a lot to learn as 2018 will be my first full season in Indy car, but I know I have the team and teammate with Ed to help me as I get used to regularly racing on ovals again.”
In his sophomore season, Pigot’s name has become synonymous with the ability to race his way through the field. He is credited with over 50 on-track passes for position this year, but unfortunate circumstances have limited him to three top-10 finishes.
Pigot has continually improved throughout the season, matching his best qualifying position to-date two weeks ago at Watkins Glen Int’l and leading the first laps of his Indy car career.
“It is very exciting to be announcing that Spencer will be competing in a full-time role for ECR in 2018. Spencer made significant strides from his rookie season into his sophomore year and we see much more potential in his ability,” said team owner and driver Ed Carpenter. “Spencer has worked very hard to improve in all areas of his driving and we feel the time has come to give him a chance to compete for the championship. I look forward to his continued development and reaching the top step of the podium in 2018.”
All but four of Pigot’s 21 Indy car starts have been with Ed Carpenter Racing. The Orlando, Fla. native was awarded a three-race scholarship after winning the 2015 Indy Lights championship, which was carried out with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, and contested this year’s Indianapolis 500 with Juncos Racing.
Though he has not been behind the wheel, Pigot has attended every oval event with ECR since joining the team in 2016. In an effort to learn as much as possible, Pigot has been on Carpenter’s timing stand during each practice and qualifying session and has observed the races from the spotter’s stand.
Outside of Indy car, Pigot has continued to hone his skills by competing for Mazda Racing in the endurance races of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
While Carpenter will return to the seat for next year’s oval races, the road and street course program for the No. 20 is still under consideration.
CREDIT: Ed Carpenter Racing