Spencer Pigot will make his first foray into the Verizon IndyCar Series driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for three rounds in 2016.
Aided by the $1 million from Mazda for winning the 2015 Indy Lights championship, Pigot will race at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 with the goal of adding more races to the schedule.
“It’s always been my goal to be an Indy car driver and be in the Indianapolis 500,” said Pigot. “I can’t thank everyone at RLL and Andersen Promotions enough for this opportunity. I think it’s a great place for me to be as a rookie because of all the experience within the team. The team is coming off a great 2015 season and hopefully we can build on that success.”
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing is coming off their strongest season in years with driver Graham Rahal being in the championship hunt for the entire season and ultimately finishing 4th in the standings.
“I have gotten to know Spencer over the years and have been impressed with his progression through the various series, being champion in Pro Mazda and the Indy Lights Series,” said Bobby Rahal, co owner Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. “Clearly the Indy Lights platform is a very good one for young drivers trying to reach IndyCar and I am confident that Spencer can shine with our team.”
Pigot’s has risen quickly up the Mazda Road to Indy Ladder, taking the 2014 Pro Mazda championship with Juncos Racing in his second try before moving up together to Indy Lights in 2015. He took six wins, four poles and seven podiums on his way to the championship in his first try.