Spencer Pigot: “It was pretty crazy out there”

Spencer Pigot - Credit: Chris Jones / IndyCar

2015 Indy Lights champion Spencer Pigot was unfortunate to find himself a number of laps down after running out of fuel when the pits were closed during a caution period during his first Indianapolis 500 start on Sunday.

The young American was making his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing car perform better through the 500-mile event, but felt the caution period and the subsequent tow back to the pits prevented him from earning a good finish, with Pigot believing a top fifteen result at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway could have been possible.

Pigot thanked the team for allowing him the opportunity to make his Indy 500 debut last weekend, his final scheduled race of the three with the team after also competing at St Petersburg and in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indy.

“The race was pretty eventful; it was pretty crazy out there,” revealed Pigot. “We continued to make the car better. We were struggling on the first stint but got it better throughout the race.

“We made some changes on the wings and we could definitely pass a bit better and run closer as the stints went on so I was pleased with that. But unfortunately we ran out of fuel on the back straight on a yellow that came out and closed the pits just as we were running out.

“I got stuck there and had to get pulled in and lost a few laps. Overall it was a great experience and I am glad we were able to finish the race. I think we had the potential to finish somewhere around 15th.

“I want to give a big thanks to all of the guys for their great stops and hard work for the Indy 500 and to Manitowoc, Mi-Jack, Grove and everyone for their support.”