Juncos Racing announced Thursday (Sep. 26) that they will return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans on Oct. 12 at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. William Owen and part-timer Rene Binder will be joined by NTT IndyCar Series regular Spencer Pigot for the 10-hour endurance race in the team’s new Cadillac DPi-V.R.
“I’m really looking forward to joining Juncos Racing again, this time for Petit Le Mans,” Pigot said in a press release. “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.”
Pigot has 12 career starts in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, all with Mazda. The starts spanned both the SpeedSource and Mazda Team Joest eras of prototype involvement, where he served as an endurance driver. Pigot has two career third-place finishes, the most recent coming in last year’s Petit Le Mans. He has not driven in sports cars since last year.
This year, Pigot ran full-time for Ed Carpenter Racing in the NTT IndyCar Series. In 17 races, Pigot earned two top five and five top 10 finishes en route to a 14th-place finish in points. Pigot’s best finishes were a pair of fifths in the INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Iowa 300 at Iowa Speedway. Prior to racing in INDYCAR, Pigot won the Pro Mazda (now Indy Pro 2000) championship in 2014 and the Indy Lights championship in 2015 while driving for Juncos Racing.
For Juncos Racing, the Motul Petit Le Mans will be their first racing action since July. The team has not raced since their only car (driven at the time by Victor Franzoni) was destroyed in this crash at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in July.
For Petit Le Mans, the team will race a new Cadillac DPi-V.R. that has been built over the past couple of months. It is not untested, but it has not raced in IMSA competition.