Spencer Pigot is an American racing driver, from Pasadena, California, who currently competes in the IndyCar Series with Ed Carpenter Racing. He made IndyCar debut in 2016.
Earlier in a career, Pigot won the 2010 Skip Barber National Championship, earning a Mazda Scholarship. After that, he was a part of Mazda Road to Indy program, becoming the 2014 Pro Mazda champion and 2015 Indy Lights champion.
Championship title in debut season
Spencer Pigot was born on September 29, 1993. He started racing with go-karts at the age 11, switching to bigger cars in 2009, participating in few races of the Skip Barber National Championship. Next year, he participated full season in that championship, winning the title and earning a Mazdaspeed scholarship. He was also awarded the Team USA Scholarship to compete in the Formula Ford Festival in England, where he finished in the fourth place.
US F2000 Championship runner-up two years in a row
With a Mazdaspeed Scholarship in his pocket, Pigot entered the 2011 US F2000 National Championship, a part of the Mazda Road to Indy program. He was driving for Andretti Autosport, winning three races and finishing second in the points, behind Petri Suvanto. In 2012, Pigot continued to race in the US F2000 Championship, moving to Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing. Eight race wins weren't enough to take a title, he was a runner-up again, just seven points behind Matt Brabham.
2014 Pro Mazda champion
In 2013, the next step at the Road to Indy ladder was the Pro Mazda Championship with Team Pelfrey. With one victory and four podiums, Pigot finished fourth in the points. For the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship season, Pigot joined Juncos Racing. He started a season with four consecutive wins. He added two more wins later in a season, winning a title with a 10-point advantage over Canadian Scott Hargrove.
2015 Indy Lights champion
Pigot's championship title earned him a scholarship to compete in the Indy Lights. He stayed with Juncos Racing, fighting for the championship title until the last round at Laguna Seca. Pigot won both races at season's finale, capturing a title ahead of Jack Harvey.
IndyCar debut with RLL Racing
After six years of progressing through the ladder series, Spencer Pigot debuted in the IndyCar Series at the season-opening race of the 2016 season, at St. Petersburg, driving the #16 Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. He finished 14th in his IndyCar debut.
Pigot stayed with RLL Racing for two more races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, finishing 11th in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and 25th at 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. In his Indy 500 debut, Pigot crashed heavily during a practice, returning to the track with a back-up car. He qualified 29th, finishing a race in 25th place, five laps down from winner Alexander Rossi.
Seven races with Ed Carpenter Racing's #20 Chevrolet
In the next round, at Detroit double-header event, Pigot moved to Ed Carpenter Racing's #20 Chevrolet, staying with the team until the end of the season. Pigot participated in seven road course and street circuit races with #20 car, finishing best in the 7th place at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. After ten races in his debuting IndyCar Series season, Pigot was 21st in the points.
Full-time ECR driver since 2018
For the 2017 IndyCar season, Pigot signed for Ed Carpenter Racing. He was sharing the #20 car with team owner Ed Carpenter, who raced at ovals while Pigot contested at road courses and street circuits. He scored three top 10 results to finish 20th in the final standings. At Indianapolis 500, he was driving for Juncos Racing, finishing 18th.
In 2018, Spencer had his own car, the #21 Chevrolet, participating in all 17 IndyCar races and scoring his maiden podium by finishing second at Iowa Speedway. He was 14th in the final standings. In 2019, Pigot scored no wins or podiums, finishing 14th in the final IndyCar standings.
Endurance races with Mazda prototypes
Besides racing with open-wheel cars, Spencer Pigot had some experience in the sports car races. In January 2016, he debuted at Rolex 24 at Daytona with Mazda Motorsports, driving the #55 Mazda Prototype in DP class. He was sharing a car with Tristan Nunez and Jonathan Bomarito, not finishing the race. Pigot returned into the cockpit of #55 car three more times, at Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans. His best result was 6th place at Sebring 12h.
In 2017, Pigot returned to Daytona, driving all-new Mazda DPi prototype, again together with Bomarito and Nunez. They recorded one more DNF. Later in the season, he scored first IMSA podium with third place at Watkins Glen 6 Hours. In 2018 IMSA Championship season, he recorded five starts in a Mazda prototype, reaching a podium at Petit Le Mans (3rd place).