Birmingham, Ala. - Spencer Pigot clearly has a taste for victory at Barber Motorsports Park. One year ago he won both rounds of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires at the scenic 2.3-mile road course in rural Alabama. This weekend, after stepping up to Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires with his Juncos Racing team by virtue of a Pro Mazda Championship title and a MAZDASPEED scholarship, Pigot repeated the feat as he dominated both races that comprised the Legacy Indy Lights 100.
Englishman Jack Harvey, who finished second in the championship in 2014, losing out on the title only on a tie-breaker, finished second again - for the fourth time in five races this season - for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian. Max Chilton (Carlin) took third to secure his first podium appearance of the season.
Pigot, 21, from Orlando, Fla., led all 35 laps this afternoon in picture-perfect weather conditions after starting from the pole. His only real scare came on Lap 13, when series leader Ed Jones (Carlin), who had rejoined almost a lap down following an incident on the first lap, came across his bows just as Pigot was turning into the final corner, Turn 17. Contact was made but miraculously there was no lasting damage to either of the Mazda-powered Dallara IL-15s. Jones continued to finish 11th.
Pigot's second win in as many days, allied to a pair of thirds and a second in the opening three races of the season, was enough to leapfrog him ahead of Jones in the championship points table by a margin of 132 to 125.
Harvey ran second throughout, despite driving with a broken thumb sustained one week ago at Long Beach. He came under increasing pressure in the waning stages from Chilton and Felix Serralles (Belardi Auto Racing), who enjoyed a race-long battle for third.
Scott Anderson (Schmidt Peterson) finished a distant fifth, followed by impressive Indy Lights newcomer Sean Rayhall (8Star Motorsports), who finally snuck past yesterday's podium finisher RC Enerson (Schmidt Peterson) with a fine pass in Turn 6 with just over 10 laps remaining. The move earned Rayhall the RePlay XD Move of the Race Award.
Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires will continue with two more races, along with the entire Mazda Road to Indy ladder, at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 7-9.