Juncos Racing becomes the newest addition to the Verizon IndyCar Series starting this month at the Indianapolis 500. The driver selected for their debut will Spencer Pigot who won the Indy Lights and Pro Mazda titles with the team in 2014 and 2015.
Spencer Pigot currently drives for Ed Carpenter Racing in the 20 car for road and street courses while team owner Ed Carpenter drives the car for oval races. Ed Carpenter announced in April that the team would only field 2 cars in the Indianapolis 500 this year from 3 in years past. This was due to Josef Newgardens crash in Texas last year when the car was destroyed.
Due to the lack of cars for ECR, Pigot was “free to look for another ride” for IndyCars biggest race.
Pigot’s shot at a ride for the 500 looked dim, “We’re looking around, but don’t have any money, so it doesn’t look like I’ll get a deal done, We’ll see. There’s still some time left” said Pigot.
Earlier in the year when KVSH Racing folded and its resources where auction Ricardo Juncos would buy the teams cars and confirming he would be entering the Indianapolis 500. This morning the team would announce Pigot as the driver for the team’s debut at Indianapolis.
“I’ve known Ricardo and everyone at the team since I was 10 or 11 years old,” Pigot said. “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”.
Team Principal and owner Ricardo Juncos would say “He’s been right there with us, 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”.
Along with the purchase of the 3 cars from the KVSH auction Juncos Racing is suspected of making another driver announcement with fingers pointing at Sebastian Saavedra with his backing from AFS Racing.
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