PIGOT EXTENDS SKIP BARBER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD Florida teenager added two pole positions and two second place finishes to 2010 resume at New Jersey Motorsports Park MILLVILLE, N.J. (July 19, 2010) - Spencer Pigot's quest for ...
PIGOT EXTENDS SKIP BARBER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD
Florida teenager added two pole positions and two second place finishes to 2010 resume at New Jersey Motorsports Park
MILLVILLE, N.J. (July 19, 2010) - Spencer Pigot's quest for BF Goodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda championship glory took another step forward this past weekend (July 17-18) when the highly-rated American added two additional podium finishes to his 2010 racing resume. Showing the speed, skill and racecraft of a motorsports star, the championship leader just missed converting the two pole positions at New Jersey Motorsports Park into race wins in Rounds Nine and Ten, earning runner-up finishes in both races of the doubleheader.
Thanks in large part to his highly successful karting background, Pigot has established a reputation for rapidly getting up to speed on tracks that he doesn't know. This ability was put into good use at New Jersey as the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver among the top-three in both lapping sessions and the lone practice run on Thursday. Given these results, many expected Pigot to challenge for the pole position in both Friday qualifying runs, and the talented Floridian did not disappoint. Pigot combined his outright speed with the racecraft necessary to secure the always vital draft, positioning himself as the driver to beat in both the morning session, which set the grid for Round Nine, and the afternoon outing, which formed the field for Round 10. The end result saw Pigot earn his third and fourth pole positions of the season, and perhaps more importantly, two additional points.
While starting P1 certainly has its advantages, particularly on a track such a NJMP where passing is difficult, Pigot was aware that the key to race success would be managing the draft. As a result, the MAZDASPEED-backed racer spent the majority of the 15-lap affair on Saturday evaluating his fellow competitors and planning for the final lap. It appeared as though Pigot had executed his plan to perfection, taking the top-spot in turn one on the final lap. Unfortunately for Pigot, that proved not to be the case, as the P2 driver got just enough of a draft down the front-straight in the run to the checkered flag, crossing the stripe a mere 0.004s ahead of Pigot. While disappointed to have come up just short, Pigot was aware that the runner-up finish had further extended his championship advantage entering race two of the doubleheader.
Returning to the 2.170-mile road course one day later, Pigot was poised to once again challenge for top honors and potentially build on his championship lead. In a repeat of race one, the lead pack swapped places lap after lap, with everyone keeping an eye towards to the final run to the checkered flag. As planned, he made his move in turn one on the final lap, taking over the top-spot. While the talented teenager hoped the cars behind would lose some ground battling one another for position, it was not to be, resulting in yet another drag race down the front-straight to the stripe. Benefiting from the draft off of his car, both the second and third place racers were narrowly able to work their way past Pigot prior to the checkered flag waving. The on-track order was soon shuffled by race officials, with the initial race winner - Pigot's closest championship rival - being penalized for blocking during the race. The series leader was advanced to second as a result, giving him another podium finish and more valuable championship points.
"It was a very good weekend," stated Pigot. "While I wasn't quite able to convert the poles into wins as planned [finishing a miniscule combined 0.011s back in the two races], I was able to build my championship lead, which is what really counts. I'm already looking forward to next two races at Road America."
Pigot's pursuit of top honors in the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda continues on August 21-22, with Rounds 11 and 12 at Road America. The talented Florida teenager, who enjoys great support from Mazda, Sparco, Skip Barber Racing, Parathyroid.com, Silver Knight Racing, Lott-O-Lawyer.com, California Scents and jjracingdevolpment.com enters the doubleheader at the famed Wisconsin road course leading the championship standings by 21 points.