Spencer Pigot will complete Juncos Racing’s lineup for next month’s Motul Petit Le Mans, in the team’s return to IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition.
The 25-year-old IndyCar driver joins Rene Binder and Will Owen in Juncos’ Cadillac DPi.V.R, which has been rebuilt around a new chassis since Victor Franzoni’s massive accident at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in July that has ultimately kept the team out of action.
Pigot is no stranger to the Ricardo Juncos-owned organization, having won the 2014 Indy Pro 2000 Championship and 2015 Indy Lights Championship with the team prior to starts in the NTT IndyCar Series.
It will mark Pigot’s first WeatherTech Championship start since last year’s Petit Le Mans, when he finished third overall in one of Team Joest’s Mazda RT24-P entries.
“I’m really looking forward to joining Juncos Racing again, this time for Petit Le Mans,” said Pigot. “We’ve had success together in different championships and I hope we can continue that in IMSA.
“It will be my first time driving a Cadillac DPi-V.R so there will be a lot to get used to in a short amount of time but I’m confident the team and my teammates will help that transition.
“Petit Le Mans is one of my favorite events of the year and a great way to finish off the season. I’d like to thank Ricardo Juncos and everyone at Juncos Racing for the opportunity to be a part of the team again.”
Sportscar365 understands the team initially attempted to sign Jose Maria Lopez for the seat, although the Argentinean’s Toyota LMP1 commitments ruled him out from competing in the ten-hour race, which comes one week after the 6 Hours of Fuji FIA World Endurance Championship race.
“Spencer will be the second driver to run in all four of our series that we compete in, which shows the relationship and commitment we make with our drivers to our program and their futures,” Juncos said.
“Multiple drivers including his teammates at Road Atlanta, Will Owen and Rene Binder have also run with our team in our other series we compete in.
“I am looking forward to seeing all three drivers work together with our team to find success for the final event of the season.”
Team Has Faced One of “Most Challenge Years”
While initially slated to complete the full season, Juncos has been on the sidelines since Franzoni’s accident in July, having missed the WeatherTech Championship rounds at Road America and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
The team’s sports car racing future heading into 2020 is currently unclear.
“We have been faced with one of our most challenging years as a team,” Juncos said. “There have been many ups and downs during our most expansive year running in four different series.
“The year started off very strong for us in IMSA at Daytona when we proved to be one of the fastest Cadillac DPi-V.R cars and made it to the very end of our first ever 24 hour event.
“At Long Beach we were able to lead laps, strong laps on old tires and we pulled away from the pack who had new tires.
“We were faced with a terrible incident in July which totaled our Cadillac DPi-V.R, however we have been working very hard to regroup and rebuild our IMSA program.
“I want to thank everyone at IMSA and Cadillac who have been there to support us during these past few difficult months.
“I cannot thank all of the crew for all of their hard work and dedication to this program throughout this incredibly busy year for the team.”