Thirty-two starts. Zero podium finishes.
That was Spencer Pigot’s outlook heading into the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway.
The 24-year-old American is in his first full-time Verizon IndyCar Series season after running part-time for Ed Carpenter Racing over the past two years. It’s fair to say expectations have been high.
He climbed the Mazda Road to Indy ladder with near perfection. He placed second overall twice in the U.S. F2000 series, won a Pro Mazda championship in his second attempt and was an Indy Lights champion in his only season.
But as racing goes, it continuously gets tougher with each rung of the ladder.
On Sunday though, Pigot placed on the podium for the first time, finishing second at Iowa.
“What a race. Right from the get-go, we had a good car based on how we were getting through traffic,” Pigot said after Sunday’s race. “As the stint went on I thought we just got stronger and stronger. To find our way up near the front there was a little unexpected to start the day, but I’m really proud of everyone at Ed Carpenter Racing Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet – I mean they gave me a great car.
“We didn’t have a great day yesterday, but everyone kept their heads down and kept pushing and we’re on the podium. I’m very excited and very proud of everyone here at the team. It feels great. My first podium in INDYCAR, hopefully, the first of many. What a tough race. It was really physical out there. It was hot and a lot of hard racing, so many close moments, but so much fun racing here in Iowa.”
Now, Pigot goes into the series’ next race on the Streets of Toronto, a track he’s had success at in the past.
In 2015, Pigot dominated both Indy Lights races in Toronto before going on to take the top step of the podium both times.
His success rate in IndyCar starts in Canada hasn’t been the same, but he’ll look to take the momentum from a strong weekend in Iowa north of the border.