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Interview With Winterfest Champion Spencer Pigot

by
Zachary Houghton
| Feb 20, 2012

Spencer Pigot might be new to Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing, but that doesn’t mean he’s showed any sign of slowing down. Last year’s Cooper Tires USF2000 runner-up ran away with the top honors in this year’s Winterfest, dominating the event by winning 5 out of 6 races. The 18 year-old American prospect is hoping to do the same in the upcoming regular USF2000 season, but first, he sat down for an interview for INDYCAR Nation fans.

Spencer, thanks for your time. First off, wow, what can we say after that dominating performance at Winterfest? You and your team just seemed to have a little something extra out there.

SP: Thanks a lot, it was a great way to start the season. I think it was a lot closer than it looks, especially at Sebring. There are a lot of good drivers in the series this year and it’s going to be a tough fight for the championship. We were just able to put everything together when it mattered most, I think the more I work with the team the stronger we are getting so hopeful our form will continue into the main series.

It seems like a really good group of drivers in USF2000 this year. What’s it going to take to win the championship this year?

SP: Being consistent is going to be the key. I think the guy who is finishing near the front every weekend without any DNF’s is going to be the champ. It’s going to take a lot of hard work from myself and the team to get it done but I think we’re on the right track.

So what’s your racing background like?

SP: I started karting when I was nine years old. My dad used to race so that’s where I got my interest. I raced karts for about six years. After I had some success in karting by winning a few national and state championships I moved into the Skip Barber race series. I won the karting shoot-out for 2010 and won their national championship that year as well. 2010 and 2011 I was a MAZDASPEED Development Driver; to have two full seasons of racing paid for was fantastic and I wouldn’t be where I am without the support of Mazda. Last year I was 2nd in the USF2000 National Championship with Andretti Autosport so I’m back trying to get the championship in 2012 with the guys at Cape Motorsport with Wayne Taylor Racing 

Has your goal always been the top tier of American open wheel racing?

SP: Yes, IndyCar has always been my goal. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to make it there and race in the Indy 500!

What type of goals do you have for yourself both for this season, as well as perhaps the next few seasons down the road?

SP: The two main goals for this year are to win the USF2000 WinterFest and National Championship. I’ve been able to accomplish the first one but the big one is to get the main championship. The goal down the road is to continue moving up the Mazda Road to Indy in Star Mazda next year with Team Pelfrey.

Can you tell us a bit about how your offseason went? We obviously know you changed teams, from Andretti Autosport to Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing.

SP: To be honest it was a pretty uneventful offseason racing wise. The most drama came from moving houses! But we were in discussions with a few teams to do USF2000 again and decided to join the Capes. It was a tough decision because I really enjoyed my time with Andretti but I think we made the right decision. I wasn’t in a car for over two months which is never fun! 

You’re a driver that’s successfully transitioned from the Skip Barber ranks to USF2000. What are the biggest differences in making that jump?

SP: The biggest difference between the two cars is the downforce. Getting used to that took a bit of time. It’s hard to get your head around how fast you can go through corners but you have to trust the areo and know that the grip will be there. 

Let’s talk a bit about the Mazda Road to Indy, since you’re a participant in it right now. What are your overall impressions of it, and are there any additions or changes you’d like to see?

SP: I think it’s fantastic. There’s nowhere else in the world that has a ladder system like it. I don’t have anything that I would change, when Mazda is rewarding the champions a full ride in their next levels it’s hard to complain about anything. That kind of support is amazing.

Time once again for the lightning round, where the fans learn a bit more about you. Favorite food?

SP: Pasta!

Favorite movie?

SP: Dumb and Dumberer.

Favorite sport (other than racing)?

SP: Soccer! I’m a huge Manchester United fan.

Favorite restaurant? 

SP: Macaroni Grill.

Dream car?

SP: Ferrari F50.

Dream vacation?

SP: New Zealand.

Favorite INDYCAR driver?

SP: Will Power.

Favorite USF2000 course?

SP: That’s a tough one, I love the street courses in St. Pete and Baltimore and I really like Sebring. But I’d have to say St. Pete is my favorite! 

If you could race at one track you aren’t already scheduled to visit this year, which one would it be, and why?

SP: Indianapolis Motor Speedway! Don’t think I really need to explain why! The 500 is biggest and most exciting race in the world in my opinion!

Lastly, any words for the fans as this season ramps up?

SP: Thanks a lot for reading! It’s going to be a really fun year and I can’t wait to get started at Sebring in March!


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