Interview: Spencer Pigot

I'm back and lucky enough to interview another driver for my website. This time I was honored to interview Mazda Road to Indy standout Spencer Pigot. Spencer, in my eyes, is an example at just how effective the MRTI program can be in giving up-and-coming drivers the tools they need to eventually break into Indycar. The 21 year old American has been involved in MRTI since 2011. He's had tremendous success, including winning last year's Pro Mazda championship. He currently sits in second place in the Indy Lights Championship with two races (one race weekend) left to go. Here is thoughts on a multitude of topics in our interview below:

1) I'd like to consider you a testament to how successful the Mazda Road to Indy program can be. You had two very good years in US F2000 and two very good years in Pro Mazda. What has moving up to Indy Lights meant to you?    

SP: The Mazda Road to Indy has been amazing for me. I've been very fortunate to take advantage of it with three scholarships. Without the support of Mazda and Cooper Tire I wouldn't be in Indy Lights this year. It would be very special for me to win this championship as the Mazda scholarship driver at Mazda Raceway after everything they have done for my career.

2) You sit second in the Indy Lights championship behind Jack Harvey and in front of Ed Jones with one race weekend (two races to go). How do you like your chances of winning the title?

SP: I think we have a great shot at the championship. It's very close heading into Mazda Raceway, almost a 'Winner take all' situation similar to last year at Sonoma. I was hoping I wouldn't have to go through another weekend as intense as that! But that's racing and it's going to be a good fight between us.

Spencer at Mid-Ohio (Photo from Spencer's official website)

3) Juncos Racing, whom you drove for last year in Pro Mazda and now this year, looks to be making some moves with the eventual plan to move up to Indycar. How have you liked driving for the team and would you move up with them if they decided to make the move?

SP: It's been great driving for Juncos Racing. I've known them since I was 11 years old so we have a special relationship and to share all of this success with them has been great. I know they are planning to expand the team in to other championships including IndyCar but I'm not sure when it will happen. If we are both ready to move up at the same time then I would definitely be interested in staying with the team.

4) A big test coming up with Team Penske at Sonoma in an Indycar! How pumped are you?! I'm pumped for you!

SP: Yeah I can't wait to finally drive an IndyCar! I never thought the first IndyCar I drove would be for Team Penske. It's a great opportunity for me and I'm looking forward to working with the team and learning as much as I can from them.

A name you might want to start remembering (Photo taken from Spencer's official website)

5) The question I ask every driver I interview is what's the weirdest thing you've done while driving a race car? (Like coughing, sneezing, Dario Franchitti had a fly in his helmet, or anything that might be obscure)

SP: Farted and then having the smell trapped inside my helmet for the entire straightaway. And no I'm not the only one this has happened to, it has come up in conversation with many drivers!

Thanks a lot to Spencer for his time, and best of luck to him in the season finale at Laguna Seca!

-Matthew Hickey