Rising Star Racing Opens 2015 Season with a Podium in St. Pete
 March 28, 2015| 
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St. Petersburg, Fla.  – The IndyCar season opener in St. Petersburg started out with a strong taste of champagne for Rising Star Racing as Spencer Pigot earned a third place finish in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.

Pigot secured a fifth place starting position on the grid as the all-new Dallara IL-15 made its competition debut to open the season.  At the drop of the green flag for Race 1, Pigot jumped into action and picked up two spots to slot into third by the first turn before an early race caution period slowed the field. 

After a restart, Pigot pushed hard the remainder of his Indy Lights debut at his home track of St. Pete to take home his first Indy Lights podium with a third place finish.

"Third place is a great way to start the Indy Lights season," said Pigot. "The Juncos Racing guys did a great job this weekend. Thank you to Rising Star Racing and MOBĒ for being on board at St. Petersburg. It's good to get a podium for them and hopefully we can build on it and improve tomorrow. I had a really good start. We didn't quite have the pace to challenge for the lead today but we're always trying to improve and we'll keep working hard. We know where we can get better and we'll keep working to challenge these guys tomorrow.”

The success tasted even sweeter for Pigot as he was pleased to host guests from key-sponsor MOBĒ as well as Olympic swimmer Tyler Clary.

Pigot looks for another successful day on Sunday as Indy Lights Race 2 begins at 12:45 PM ET ahead of the Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg at 3:00 PM ET LIVE on ABC.

Fellow Rising Star Racing driver Josef Newgarden will start 10th in tomorrow's Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete following Saturday's Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying.

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