Rising Star Racing Out Front Once Again
 July 14, 2015| 
  • Team News
Double pole weekend for Pigot and Newgarden, Pigot’s run up front spoiled by loss of fifth gear

West Allis, Wisc. –  Rising Star Racing was in oval action this weekend as the Verizion IndyCar Series and Indy Lights runners took to the legendary Milwaukee Mile oval for the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250.

The weekend saw both Rising Star Racing drivers Spencer Pigot and Josef Newgarden score pole for their respective races.

Pigot’s pole, set with a fast average speed of 150.961 mph showed both his and his Juncos Racing squad’s progress in the oval arena with a track record-breaking effort. 

With a weekend format that featured a practice session on Saturday ahead of practice, qualifying and then the race on Sunday, Newgarden’s CFH Racing squad unloaded with a quick car. A late-session mock qualifying run earned him the fastest spot in practice, which he then backed up by taking the Verizon P1 pole ahead of the race.

He was fast again when the race went green,  leading a career-high 109 of the 250 laps. But the lapped traffic didn’t play to the handling of the Direct Supply-liveried machine’s strengths as Newgarden ultimately brought home a fifth place finish as he continues to improve on his career-best season. 

“Our car was fast,” said Newgarden, who is ninth in the IndyCar championship standings. “It’s been fast all weekend, the Direct Supply guys really put an amazing car together for us. It’s just that I needed clean air, probably more so than other guys. To get that was difficult. When we had it in the beginning, I think we were the fastest car in the field for sure. It was all about track position today, we lost out on that a little bit but it was still a great effort and a great weekend for CFH Racing."

After the promise of the pole, the Indy Lights race also brought less encouraging results for Pigot. After leading the field to the green flag, Pigot’s race took a dramatic turn early on when he lost fifth gear, and several positions, as he looked to make up ground in the championship fight. 

The Mile is driven much like a road course, with drivers changing gears every lap at corner entry and exit. Losing the gear significantly hampered his race pace as he had to endure the sight of his championship rivals racing ahead. But the effort to hang on and fight to the finish, along with points for fastest lap and pole position, sees him emerge from the weekend still second in the championship fight.

“It was awesome to get my first oval pole, I think that shows how hard the Juncos guys have been working and that we are getting better and better with this IL-15,” said Pigot, who was credited with a seventh place finish. “Unfortunately our race didn't go as well when we lost fifth gear, so it was pretty frustrating not to be able to convert that qualifying speed into more points. But these things happen and I’m excited we get to go right back to work again next weekend at Iowa!”

Rising Star Racing thanks our loyal sponsors and partners MOBÉ, D-A Lubricant Company, cmcglobal, the Epilepsy Foundation, and Barnes & Thornburg.
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