Rising Star Racing’s Spencer Pigot Wins at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
 September 12, 2015| 
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Monterey, Calif. - Rising Star Racing’s Spencer Pigot scored his fifth Indy Lights victory of the season on Saturday to move into the championship lead in what was a thrilling race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca ahead of Sunday’s championship-deciding season-finale. Pigot led 28 of the 30 race laps en route to the victory.

Starting from third on the grid, Pigot made a smart but assertive start to second in the opening laps as former Formula 1 pilot Max Chilton moved into the lead. Pigot then took over the race lead and never looked back when Chilton clipped the tires in the Corkscrew and got a flat tire on Lap 2.

Despite never having raced on the 2.3-mile circuit prior to the championship weekend, Pigot clicked off lap after lap out front of the Indy Lights field. His Juncos Racing teammate Kyle Kaiser gave chase, using the most of his extensive experience at the track, but Pigot was never headed as he crossed the line out front to lead a team 1-2 finish. 

Wins motivate every driver, but for Pigot the biggest benefit was the championship points that came with the victory as the young American moved from six points back ahead of the race to emerge with an eight point lead heading into Sunday’s final race of the season. He led the most laps of the race to score an additional point toward the championship.

“We all went wide at the start, everyone went so deep into turn one but we all made it through,” said Pigot of the opening lap. “Max (Chilton) just turned in a little early in the Corkscrew – it’s easy to do there. I was able to go around the outside in Turn 9. Kyle (Kaiser, Juncos Racing teammate) was very quick all weekend and was putting a lot of pressure on me. It was nice to be out front and I just focused on hitting my marks. It was a big day for the championship and there is another race tomorrow. It's a good feeling to win. You just never know what can happen in these races. Tomorrow is a new day and I'll just focus on being aggressive and staying out front. Huge thanks to the guys at Juncos Racing to make sure that we have cars that can win races. It's our first 1-2 this year. It was a big day and hopefully tomorrow is even bigger. Thank you to Mazda, Cooper Tire, Mockett, Rising Star Racing, The Stutz, MOBĒ and BAD for supporting me." 

Pigot will start the final race of the season tomorrow from the outside of the front row.

Rising Star Racing teammate Neil Alberico was also in race action on Saturday as he hoped to convert his mathematical opportunity to win the Pro Mazda championship into reality. A good start saw him avoid contact and move up from fourth to third for most of the race as he chased his championship combatant Santiago Urrutia who ran just ahead.

Unfortunately that chase ended one short of the finish line when he went off in the Corkscrew as he pushed hard in the final laps. He was ultimately credited with 16th at the finish as he looks forward to tomorrow’s Pro Mazda finale race.

The Pro Mazda finale will begin at 11:40 AM PST on Sunday with the Indy Lights Championship set to be decided at 2:40 PM PST. Catch all the action LIVE at racecontrol.indycar.com or via the Mazda Road to Indy TV app.

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