F1WEEKLY PODCAST NUMBER 596 WITH SPECIAL INTERVIEW:
SPENCER PIGOT US FORMULA 2000 DRIVER
Become an IZOD IndyCar driver and win the Indianapolis 500
To balance a college life while pursuing my dream of becoming a professional racing driver.
Soccer, Tennis, Skiing, Snow boarding, Football, Video Games (Racing), and Hanging out with my friends.
Winning his first championship at the tender age of ten, rising star Spencer Pigot is well on his way to a dream career in motorsports. Getting his start in the karting ranks, Spencer quickly became a presence in the national karting scene. With four state, one regional and two national championships racked up in his junior days, along with numerous pole positions, podium finishes and race wins, Spencer’s talent and race craft was obvious from the beginning.
Making the progression from karts to cars came naturally to Spencer as he was successful in open wheel racing immediately. Entering select events of the Skip Barber Regional series, the Windermere, Florida resident earned a victory in only his second-ever Skip Barber race at the famed Sebring International Raceway. From there Spencer won four of six races contested in the Skip Barber Summer Series, finished third in his Skip Barber National debut and finished first in class at the SCCA 13 Hour Endurance Race at Virginia International Raceway. Not to be outdone, Spencer went on to win the Skip Barber Karting Shootout scholarship in 2009 and a fully funded ride in the Skip Barber National series as an Official MazdaSpeed Development Driver. With three wins, five poles and a total of 11 podium finishes, the American talent captured the 2010 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National presented by Mazda championship. To add to his already impressive resume, Spencer was awarded the prestigious Team USA Scholarship and the opportunity to take part in the ultra-competitive Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy in England.
As the emerging name among the junior open wheel ranks, Spencer is continuing his climb up the motorsports ladder as in December he was announced as the second entry for Andretti Autosport in their 2011 USF2000 National Championship campaign. Piloting the #8 car, Spencer went on to win three races, get four pole positions, eight podium finishes and one track record. He finished second overall in the USF2000 Championship. In addition he won the Team USA Scholarship for a second time and was given the chance to race in the Duratec class of the British Formula Ford Festival.
In 2012 Spencer will return to the USF2000 National Championship with Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing. They have already had success by winning the USF2000 WinterFest championship. Spencer scored victories in five out of six races en-route to the title.