Spencer Pigot will make a second consecutive Indianapolis 500 appearance after being announced as the first driver for Juncos Racing’s first attack at the legendary event this month of May.
The young American racer competed in 2016 with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, finishing twenty-fifth in what is still his only oval race in the Verizon IndyCar Series – Pigot’s primary role is with Ed Carpenter Racing where he competes in the road and street courses.
The move to Juncos Racing reunites driver with team, with their relationship dating back more than a decade when the two parties raced together in go-karting, and he is delighted to be a part of the team’s first foray into IndyCar.
“I’ve known Ricardo and everyone at the team since I was 10 or 11 years old,” said Pigot. “I started racing for Ricardo back when it was Juncos Competition, the very first iteration of the team, back driving go-karts around Florida. It’s really cool to see their progression all the way through go-karting, the Mazda Road to Indy and now INDYCAR. We’ve shared a lot of success on that path.
“To now be reunited with them for their first Indy 500 and my second Indy 500, it’s something that if you would have told us back in the early 2000s when we were racing go-karts, I’m sure nobody would have believed.
“It’s great to be in the Indy 500 again. It’s the one race that everyone really wants to be in. It was a big effort from a lot of different people to kind of put the deal together. Everyone kind of knew these were the last remaining seats.
“It’s great to be here with Juncos Racing again, a team I’ve had a lot of history with, a lot of success with. To be back with them is going to be a great feeling.”
Team Principal Ricardo Juncos, who purchased three chassis and aero kits from KV Racing Technology during the off-season, is delighted to welcome back Pigot to his team, with the twenty-three-year-old winning both the Pro Mazda Championship and Indy Lights in consecutive seasons with Juncos Racing.
“He’s been right there with us,” said Juncos. “We’ve been like family. He’s kind of like my other son, we’ve had so many years working together. I remember those days when he was a kid.
“We’re just going to focus on finishing the race because we’re a rookie team,” he said. “Two months ago, we had only one person here. Today, we have 40. We’re all new. We have these new people and don’t know each other yet, so we’re just getting to know each other.”