PIGOT WINS SKIP BARBER NATIONAL TITLE AND NAMED TEAM USA SCHOLARSHIP WINNER IN GEORGIA
Florida MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver clinches series crown with Round 13 win
BRASELTON, GA. (October 2, 2010) - Spencer Pigot gave himself the perfect 17th birthday present this week at Road Atlanta, capturing the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda title and being named a Team USA Scholarship winner. The MAZDASPEED Motorsports development driver from Florida secured his inaugural car racing championship by winning Round 13 of the series at the Georgia facility, and followed that up with a strong fourth place finish in the Round 14 season-finale. The announcement of his place on the 2010 Team USA Scholarship squad was icing on the 'birthday' cake.
For the highly-rated Pigot, the Skip Barber National season-finale doubleheader at Road Atlanta was all about winning a championship. Aware that another podium finish would give him the series crown, having scored 11 top-threes in 12 races thus far, Pigot immediately set about turning fast times when the on-track action got underway on Tuesday via the traditional two timed lapping sessions. Unfortunately, things did not quite go as planned, as the Floridian battled car issues. As a result, Pigot switched Skip Barber Racing RT/2000s prior to the lone practice session one day later, and promptly rejoined his rightful place near the top of the speedcharts via the third quickest time.
Now given that Pigot was the championship leader, combined with the fact he had earned a series-high four pole positions already in 2010, it was no surprise that the majority of the focus in qualifying for Round 13 was on the talented young racer. Pigot promptly lived up to the attention, piloting his car, which is sponsored by MAZDASPEED, Sparco, Skip Barber Racing, Parathyroid.com, Silver Knight Racing, Lott-O-Lawyer.com, California Scents and jjracingdevelopment.com, to first on the timing monitors, earning the pole position for race one of season-finale.
Pigot had little time savor his fine run in qualifying, as prior to green flag waving for Round 13 later in the day, he was introduced to the media as one of two winners of the prestigious Team USA Scholarship. Awarded annually to rising American junior formula car stars, the scholarship will send Pigot to England in the coming weeks to take race in the world-renowned Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy behind the wheel of a Team USA Formula Ford.
When Pigot did return to cockpit at the end of the day, he quickly refocused his attention to converting his P1 starting position into a win. Aware that the Round 13 victory would likely come down to a last lap drafting race on the back straight, the 17 year-old - who celebrated his birthday one day earlier - was content to run among the top-three lap after lap. Pigot's plan worked to perfection, as on the finale lap, the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver used the draft to pass first and second place for the lead prior to final hard braking zone. Holding the top spot through the final two turns, Pigot scored his third win of the season, clinching the 2010 Skip Barber National title.
"We've been working hard all year for the championship," stated Pigot. "I'm relieved it's finally over and I've won it.
"I knew the win would come down to the final run down the back straight, so I positioned myself to make the pass for the lead and made it stick," he added. "Winning the championship and getting the Team USA Scholarship on the same day is the perfect way to celebrate my birthday!"
With the series title now out of the way, Pigot entered the final day of the 2010 Skip Barber National series merely looking to add another win to his season resume. Things got off to a good start in qualifying, as despite not benefiting from a draft on his fastest lap, Pigot posted the second quickest time, earning yet another front-row starting position. The American teenager appeared poised to complete a near perfect weekend sweep a short time later, as come race time he once again ran in the lead pack lap after lap, positioning himself for another last lap charge. It was not to be however, as the order shuffled during the final lap in such a way as Pigot was leading going down the back straight for the final time, resulting in him falling to fourth at the checkered flag due to the draft.
With three series wins, five pole positions, 12 podium finishes and the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda series title now under his belt, Pigot will briefly head home to Windermere, Fla., before leaving for England on October 9 to represent Team USA in the Formula Ford Festival at the Brands Hatch Circuit (October 16-17) and the Walter Hayes Trophy at the Silverstone Circuit (November 6-7).
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