Spencer Pigot returns to Ed Carpenter Racing for 2017 road/street races

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

After making limited starts for the team in 2016, Spencer Pigot has been confirmed back at Ed Carpenter Racing for 11 street and road course races in 2017.

Pigot, 23, will again split driving duties for the No. 20 Chevrolet with team owner Ed Carpenter in the upcoming Verizon IndyCar Series season. Pigot will pilot the machine in all 11 road- and street-course races, with Carpenter running the six oval events.

“I’m very excited to be staying with Ed Carpenter Racing for the 2017 season,” Pigot said in a release. “It’s a great feeling to know that I have a secure ride for all of the road- and street-course races so we can start preparing for the season now. I can’t thank everyone at ECR, P1 Management and Rising Star Racing enough for their help getting this deal done.”

A champion of both Pro Mazda (2014) and Indy Lights (2015), Pigot made his IndyCar debut in 2016, earning a brief, three-start stint with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLLR) by virtue of his $1 Million Mazda scholarship as the defending Indy Lights champion.

After completing his final race with the RLL –the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500– Pigot moved ECR the following week at Detroit and finished off the 2016 season running all non-oval races for the organization.

Pigot ended the year with two top 10s in seven starts for ECR, with a best finish of seventh coming at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

In the end, those brief glimpses of potential were enough to sway Carpenter into bringing the rookie back for a sophomore season.

“We are happy to have Spencer back,” Carpenter said. “It was a challenging situation for him to step into the team last year mid-season as a rookie. We believe that Spencer has the potential to be a contender in this sport and we will continue to focus on maximizing that potential.

“It is great to have some offseason left to allow us to continue that development before the season kicks off. We are anticipating a strong sophomore campaign from Spencer.”

With the announcement Pigot joins Carpenter and JR Hildebrand in the No. 21 Chevrolet to complete ECR’s planned 2017 roster.

The IndyCar season is slated to begin on March 10-12 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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