After winning the Indy Lights Championship last year, Spencer Pigot is getting the chance to move up to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2016. The California native previously announced that he will run at least three races for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, beginning with the season opener at St. Petersburg.
“I’m looking forward to the three races I have so far,” he commented. “St. Petersburg is my home track, I grew up in Orlando. A track I’ve enjoyed, have had success at. I’m excited to get there.”
Beyond the season opener, Pigot is scheduled to take part in both races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There is a possibility to run more races, as the plan is currently set to “do as many races as he can”.
“It comes down to the same old story we always hear about, finding more money to do more races,” he said. “Right now the team is working hard on it, I’m working hard on it to get more races.Hopefully after Indy the second half of the year, we can be on the grid a few more times.”
For now, though, the focus has been getting to know the guys that he will work, in which he says has been a great experience thus far.
“I enjoy working with everyone on the team, very welcoming, very patient with me, answering all the questions I’ve had, very open. I’ve been at the shop a lot,” he commented. “I’ve been to the testing they’ve done in Sebring with Graham (Rahal), listening to the radio, talking with the engineers, learning as much as I can. I’m only going to have a day or two testing before I get to St. Petersburg.
“As much information as I can soak up before then is going to help. So many experienced people, Bobby (Rahal), Graham, the engineers, they’ve all been around a long time. Very good place for me to be as a rookie not really knowing a lot about the IndyCar. I’ve driven it once, but there’s still a lot for me to learn. Definitely fortunate to be with this great team. Hopefully it’s the beginning of a long relationship with them.”