Juncos Racing returns to a four-car outfit for the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires after signing Spencer Pigot and Kyle Kaiser. This will be both Spencer’s and Kyle’s 2nd year in the Pro Mazda Championship. Spencer spent 2013 with Team Pelfrey after battling for the 2012 USF2000 Championship to the last race with his then Cape Motorsports teammate and eventual 2012 champion Matthew Brabham. In 2013, Spencer, and Team Pelfrey as a whole, failed to achieve the pace and success they had showed in previous seasons finishing fourth in the championship with only a single win. Coming to a multiple championship-winning team in Juncos Racing, Spencer is hoping to improve on last season’s results.
no images were found“I’m really looking forward to the beginning of the 2014 season. It’s been a while since the last race I did, so I’m looking forward to being back on the grid. It’s going to be a tough season—there are a lot of fast drivers. Juncos Racing is a great team and hopefully we can fight for wins consistently throughout the year.” — Spencer Pigot, Juncos Racing
Kyle contested the 2013 Pro Mazda Championship with World Speed Motorsports, posting three top-five finishes. He finished the season tied with Zack Meyer for sixth in the championship.
no images were found“I am very excited to get back into the Pro Mazda Championship. With more teams and cars entering the series this year, it will be even more competitive than my rookie season. With Spencer, Julia, Jose , and myself, I know Juncos will be a strong contender for the championship.” — Kyle Kaiser, Juncos Racing
Juncos Racing Release: Spencer Pigot Commits to Juncos Racing for 2014
CHARGING UP THE MAZDA ROAD TO INDY
Spencer Pigot Commits to Juncos Racing for 2014
Brownsburg, IN (February 14, 2014) — With an extensive and decorated career thus far, 20-year-old Spencer Pigot continues scaling the INDYCAR ladder in the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires.
As young drivers often do, Pigot started racing karts at the onset of his career. The impact he made in the karting world, however, would soon set him apart from his competitors, gaining seven championship titles—four state, one regional, and two national. His strong presence at the karting level would foreshadow his upcoming career in open-wheel racing.
After his karting career came to a close, Pigot was already looking ahead to what was next—open-wheel racing. In 2009, his first year in car racing, Spencer achieved five wins in the Skip Barber Eastern Region races out of nine starts, he was named the Official MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Driver and he wrapped up the year as the “Skip Barber karting Shootout” Scholarship Award winner.
Following his 2009 season, Pigot continued to strive for more titles in open-wheel racing. He was Champion of the 2010 Skip Barber National Series with three wins, five poles, and twelve podium finishes. Pigot claimed the title of Vice-Champion in the USF2000 Cooper Tires Championship in 2011 and in 2012. Despite missing the Championship by a few points, he won eight races, which doubled those of the eventual winner. He also won the Cooper Tires USF2000 Winter Fest Championship in 2012. His rookie season in the Pro Mazda Championship began in 2013, and he picked up one win, one pole, and five podium finishes along the way. Pigot was chosen for the Rising Star Racing program the same year, which is designed to help fund a very select group of young open wheel drivers.
The last time team owner Ricardo Juncos worked with Spencer Pigot was almost a decade ago. As one of Pigot’s former coaches during his karting days, Juncos now graciously accepts another opportunity to mentor the young driver.
“Having Spencer back with us after 7 years is a nice story, “ team owner Ricardo Juncos stated. “We have known each other since he was 10 years old when he raced go-karts, and I had the chance to help him in the beginning of his racing career.” Looking forward to 2014, he added, “Now I have the chance to work with him again. He is definitely one of the best, more experienced drivers in Pro Mazda, and he’s the driver every team wants. For us, it’s an honor to have him for the 2014 season. I can’t wait to start this year.”
Juncos Racing Release: Juncos Racing Adds Kyle Kaiser to The Team’s 2014 Lineup
Brownsburg, IN (February 13, 2014) — Promising young driver Kyle Kaiser prepares to launch his second year in the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires.
Anxious to capitalize off the experience gained during his 2013 rookie season, Kaiser is looking forward to being part of the winning tradition at Juncos Racing. “During the off season I’ve had the opportunity to see the passion and hard work Juncos Racing puts into its program, and I’m very confident and optimistic for the new season,” said Kaiser. “This year will also be my first time driving with teammates, which will only be more advantageous for myself and the team every race weekend.”
By the fall of 2012, Kaiser joined the “Mazda Road to Indy” making his professional open-wheel debut at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the 2012 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear Tires. Following his debut year, he competed as a rookie in the full 2013 Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires, finishing 7th overall and placing in the top 5 in multiple races.
In the seven years prior to advancing to open wheel cars, Kaiser competed at various levels of karting—many of which ended in podium finishes, including a Grand National Championship. In 2010, he competed in the Skip Barber Western Regional Championship, finishing 2nd overall and claiming the “Rookie of the Year” title. The following year, Kaiser finished 3rd overall in the 2011 Skip Barber Western Regional Championship before moving on to claim his first championship in the 2012 Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear Tires.
Juncos Racing’s team owner Ricardo Juncos has complete faith in Kaiser’s abilities and predicts a successful future for the young driver.
“We had the chance to test Kyle last December in the Open test at Barber, “ mentioned Juncos. “He left a very good impression on the whole team, and he showed excellent technique and solid personality—all of which are good qualities to have as a race car driver.” Envisioning the upcoming season, Juncos added, “I’m very happy with his commitment to us for this 2014 season. This will be his second year in the Pro Mazda. I have no doubt that he will be at the top soon and will fight for wins…”
Kaiser will join his teammates in the Streets of St. Petersburg for the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship opener.