Pigot gets 2017 IndyCar road/street deal with Ed Carpenter Racing

Spencer Pigot will retain his role as Ed Carpenter Racing's road and street-course driver in the 2017 IndyCar season

Pigot gets 2017 IndyCar road/street deal with Ed Carpenter Racing

The 2015 Indy Lights champion will contest 11 races in ECR's second car, with team owner Ed Carpenter taking over for the Indianapolis 500 and the other oval races at Phoenix, Texas Motor Speedway, Iowa, Gateway and Pocono.

Pigot made his IndyCar debut last year in three events with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing as part of his Indy Lights prize, then switched to ECR for a further seven rounds.

"I learned a lot in my rookie year and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to build on that experience," Pigot, who scored Top 10 finishes at Road America and Mid-Ohio, said.

"I know I have the team around me to fight at the front and that's what we'll be trying to do in 2017."

The team is yet to outline whether Pigot will race in a third car at Indy.

JR Hilderband drove this entry for the last three years, before he was signed as ECR's full-time replacement for Penske recruit Josef Newgarden in its other car.

"It was a challenging situation for him to step into the team last year mid-season as a rookie," Carpenter said of Pigot.

"We believe that Spencer has the potential to be a contender in this sport and we will continue to focus on maximising that potential.

"It is great to have some off-season left to allow us to continue that development before the season kicks off.

"We are anticipating a strong sophomore campaign from Spencer."

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