PIGOT VICTORIOUS IN SKIP BARBER NATIONAL SEASON-OPENER MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver wins Round Two and exits Homestead doubleheader with the championship lead HOMESTEAD, FLA. (March 9, 2010) -- Spencer Pigot enjoyed a near ...
PIGOT VICTORIOUS IN SKIP BARBER NATIONAL SEASON-OPENER
MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver wins Round Two and exits Homestead doubleheader with the championship lead
HOMESTEAD, FLA. (March 9, 2010) -- Spencer Pigot enjoyed a near perfect debut to his 2010 race campaign over the weekend (March 6-7), exiting the BF Goodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda season-opening doubleheader at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a pole position, a win and, most importantly, the championship lead. It was a strong launch out of the starting gate for the 16 year-old pilot, putting himself to the head of what is a very impressive class.
Pigot first got on-course at the south Florida modified oval during an unofficial lapping day and he immediately displayed his intentions to challenge for top honors in the Skip Barber National opener, regularly turning the quickest times. The Floridian continued the trend when times became official one day later. After a practice session in which he not only worked on the ideal set-up for his MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development/Skip Barber/FIA Motor Sport Safety Development Fund/Sparco USA/Parathyroid.com/California Scents/Lott-O-Lawyer.com/Silver Knight car, but also turned some very quick times, Pigot secured his inaugural Skip Barber National pole position with the top time in qualifying for Round One.
When Pigot returned to the 2.21-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway course on Saturday morning, the talented young driver was aware that his P1 starting position, while advantageous, did not guarantee a top finish, let alone a win. In large part due to the speed restrictions of the Hanford device -- a wicker that is attached to the rear wing to increase slipstreaming -- race strategy and timing would be key ingredients in challenging for the win, as the Homestead road race track utilizes much of the oval portion of the course. With this in mind, Pigot constantly diced for the lead throughout the early stages of the race, while at the same time determining when and where he could make his move for the win. Things did not go quite according to plan, as a late-race incident involving two fellow front-runners resulted in the checkered flag flying a lap earlier than anticipated in the time-certain event. While Pigot initially crossed the stripe in fourth place, the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development racer was subsequently awarded a third place result as rules stipulate that timing and scoring be reverted to the last green flag lap.
Returning to the cockpit of his Skip Barber National entry one day later, Pigot was confident that he could improve on his race one performance. The teenager's belief seemed well placed following yet another strong run in morning qualifying, and a clean launch when Round Two got underway later in the day. In a repeat of the opening race, all the drivers in the lead pack took turns out front throughout the first third of the 16-lap affair. With the win very much up for grabs, Pigot timed his move to perfection exiting turn four of the oval for the final time. The multiple karting national champion and 2009 Skip Barber Karting Shootout winner emerged from a five-wide photo finish to secure his first-ever Skip Barber National win, beating out his competition by just 0.013 seconds and leading the most laps in the process!
"What a great race!" Pigot commented after Sunday's main event. "I have to thank my fellow competitors for a fair but very hard fought race. It's satisfying to come away from the first weekend with a win, a pole and the championship lead. I am really looking forward to the rest of the season and the more technical circuits like Sebring, which is our next event."
Pigot will get to savor his inaugural National win for just a brief period of time, as his BF Goodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda campaign resumes on March 18-19, with Rounds Three and Four taking place at Sebring International Raceway in central Florida as part of the historic 12 Hours of Sebring event. Pigot enters the doubleheader leading the championship title chase by seven points (66-59).