Spencer Pigot will sub for Simon Trummer at PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports’ for this weekend’s Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring, with the open-wheel ace set to share driving duties with newly confirmed full-season driver Patrick Kelly.
Trummer was initially confirmed to take part in Saturday’s two-hour and 40-minute race, prioritizing his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship commitments over his European Le Mans Series program but had run into travel issues.
Pigot, who will be making his LMP2 debut, has three prior starts in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with the factory Mazda squad and was most recently part of Juncos Racing’s lineup in last year’s Motul Petit Le Mans.
“I’m really looking forward to joining PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports this weekend in Sebring,” Pigot said.
“I’ve seen their name in many different series over the years winning races and championships so it will be great to be part of the team.
“It will be a challenging event with how condensed the schedule is and how hot it will be, we aren’t used to running at Sebring this time of year.
“I’m excited to be co-driving with Patrick and together with the rest of the team hopefully we can have a strong race.”
Kelly Confirmed for Full Season
After utilizing Ben Keating as its mandatory Bronze-rated driver in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the California-based team has also confirmed that Kelly will be PR1/Mathiasen’s full-time Bronze in the six-round championship that kicks off this weekend.
The 52-year-old, who owns one of the team’s Oreca 07 Gibson chassis, made his WeatherTech Championship debut at Road America last year.
“After a long time out of a race car I’m very excited to return. I am looking forward to a great season,” Kelly said.
Team principal Bobby Oergel added: “The whole team is very anxious to be getting back to racing, as we’ve been busy testing with a variety of different cars but it’s just not the same as a competition.
“I know Patrick Kelly has been working very hard to prepare and get himself in race trim, which will be very important with the events schedules being very tight.
“We are happy to welcome Spencer Pigot to the family and feel very strong about his abilities to help the program in many ways. Although we haven’t competed together yet I feel like he will be a great addition to the team.”
Team co-owners Ray and Leslie Mathiasen, meanwhile, will not be attending the remainder of the season “out of an abundance of caution” due to COVID-19.