Spencer Pigot will sub for Harry Tincknell at the wheel of the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P in this weekend’s Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio, in the first of two clashing IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship events for the British driver.
Pigot, who teamed with Tincknell and full-season driver Jonathan Bomarito for the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, is set for his expected one-and-only sprint race start of the season, due to Tincknell’s FIA World Endurance Championship commitments with Ford at Spa-Francorchamps.
Tincknell will also miss the season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans, due to the WEC’s decision to move its round at Fuji Speedway one week forward to accommodate Fernando Alonso’s schedule.
While Mazda Team Joest has yet to confirm its lineup for the ten-hour finale at Road Atlanta, Pigot had been already expected to be part of the lineup as a third driver.
The 24-year-old Californian, who has stepped up to a full-season seat with Ed Carpenter Racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series, will be looking to give the German squad its first podium of the season after several near-misses.
Tincknell, Bomarito and Pigot finished 6th at Sebring after battling late-race electrical and clutch issues that denied them a likely podium, while the sister No. 77 Mazda DPi of Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez were fourth at Long Beach.
The Ralf Juttner-led Joest squad returns to Mid-Ohio for the first time since 2002, when Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro took an Audi R8 to victory.