By Christopher DeHarde, IndyCar & Road to Indy Writer
LEEDS, Alabama – In all four points paying races that Spencer Pigot has contested at Barber Motorsports Park in the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires, the 2014 Pro Mazda and 2015 Indy Lights champion is undefeated.
After sweeping the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights races, the 23-year-old has every reason to feel confident heading into the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, the third Verizon IndyCar Series race of the 2017 season, but the Floridian doesn’t feel any added pressure upon hearing that statistic.
“No, no added pressure, I love this track so it’s cool to be back here,” Pigot said. “Especially in an Indy car. It’s going to be tough, it always is. I mean, just because you’ve won some races at a track in the past doesn’t really mean anything in an Indy car, everyone’s so good, all the teams are so good and a lot of these guys have won here as well, so it’s one of my favorite tracks and that’s why I always enjoy it and it’s been good to me so hopefully it’ll be good to me this weekend.”
Pigot will be driving the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet and genuinely enjoys driving at Barber, which has led to his in-season record of perfection.
“I really just enjoy it, [it has] a lot of fast corners, a lot of flowing sections and I think it’s pretty easy to get into a good rhythm here [with] a lot of elevation changes, which is cool so for me it’s kind of a unique place. [It’s] very fast and it’s just a track I’ve always done well at and you always enjoy those a bit more anyway.”
There is a small amount of added pressure on Pigot as his normal teammate JR Hildebrand is sidelined with an injury and in Hildebrand’s place is fellow Mazda Road to Indy graduate Zach Veach.
Veach has a win at Barber in Indy Lights in 2014 and a couple of other podiums so the Ohio native has a grip on where he shall make his debut. Pigot, of course, is happy to have Zach join him at Ed Carpenter Racing.
“Zach’s obviously done a great job in the Mazda Road to Indy as well, so it’s cool to have another graduate here in the team and we’re both looking forward to trying to do the best we can for everyone and developing the car over the weekend.”