Juncos Racing committed to the Indianapolis 500 weeks ago, but today they announced one of their drivers for the race. Spencer Pigot will drive the No. 11 Oceanfront Recovery Chevrolet in the 101st running of the Indy 500 later this month.
Pigot is currently driving the non-ovals for Ed Carpenter Racing, and also made his Indy 500 debut as a Rookie last year with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. He won two Mazda Road to Indy championships with Juncos before moving up to the Verizon IndyCar Series. He will drive the No. 20 ECR machine this weekend in the IndyCar Grand Prix, then move over to Juncos when practice for the Indianapolis 500 begins on Monday.
“I am personally very happy to be able to formally announce that Spencer will be driving for Juncos Racing in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500,” said Juncos Racing owner Ricardo Juncos. “As most people know Spencer started with our team in 2003 driving Karts. We reunited in 2014 and won the Pro Mazda Series championship then Spencer helped us win the Indy Lights team championship in 2015. This is, hopefully, the next step in our successful relationship together. I want to thank Ed Carpenter for allowing Spencer to take advantage of this opportunity.”
Pigot, 23, is excited to be back. “First I want to thank Ricardo for this opportunity. We have had a long, successful relationship from karts to the MRTI series and hopefully we can repeat that success at Indy this month. I also want to thank my sponsors, Oceanfront Recovery, Rising Star Racing and P1 Management for making this possible. The Indy 500 is the greatest race in the world and to be able to drive in it again is fantastic. Last year was my first Indy 500 and I learned a lot. I am confident that I will be able to apply what I learned and a better result this time around.”
Today’s announcement puts the field at 31 confirmed car/driver combinations. Sebastian Saavedra is expected to be in the second Juncos entry, but that has not been made official yet. In the coming days, Buddy Lazier will be the 33rd confirmed entrant in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28.
The IndyCar Grand Prix is set for Friday and Saturday, with Indy 500 practice scheduled to begin on May 15.