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Spencer Pigot wins 2012 USF2000 Winterfest title

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted February 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm U.S. F2000 National Championship

Spencer Pigot won five of six races en route to the 2012 USF2000 Winterfest crown.
(Photos: USF2000)

Spencer Pigot dominated the 2012 USF2000 Winterfest, winning five of six races. The six-race championship concluded today at Palm Beach International Raceway.

Pigot won all three races at PBIR and two of three during the stop at Sebring International Raceway earlier this week aboard the No. 2 Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing USF2000 race car.

Spencer Pigot stands atop the USF2000 Winterfest podium after securing the 2012 championship at Palm Beach International Raceway.

“It was a great week here at West Palm winning all three races plus the other two back in Sebring,” Pigot said. “It is a great way to start the season off with a lot of momentum and confidence going into the first race of the regular season in a few weeks. It hasn’t been easy for sure even though we have been able to win a lot of races. With all the competition, there are a lot of really good drivers. We were able to put everything together when it mattered most. It has been a good few weeks with [Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing] and I think we are just going to keep getting better and better.”

Round 4

Pigot, 18, qualified on pole for Round 4 and easily drove to victory in the first race at PBIR, clearing CM/WTR teammate Trent Hindman by 12.263 seconds at the conclusion of the 21-lap race.

Hindman finished second (after starting fifth) following an intense battle with JDC Motorsports’ drivers Scott Hargrove and Neil Alberico. With three laps remaining Hargrove was able to snatch second-place from Alberico and then on the white-flag lap Matthew Brabham took advantage of lap traffic and relegated Alberico to fifth. Hargrove became the first non-Cape Motorsports w/WTR driver to secure a podium position in the Winterfest championship.

Round 5

Pigot, again, cruised to victory in Round 5, leaving the real battle to the rest of the competitors. Hindman started second, but was passed early by Alberico in Turn 1, before re-taking the position later in the race. On lap 15, Andretti Autosport teammates Shelby Blackstock and Thomas McGregor found their way past Alberico. Blackstock — who was impressive all week — held on for his first podium of the championship. At the stripe, the final order was Pigot, Hindman, Blackstock, McGregor and Alberico. Three of Belardi Auto Racing’s drivers filled positions 6-8 (Roman Lagudi (6th), Scott Anderson (7th), and Luca Forgeois (8th), with Hargrove and Dalton Kellett rounding out the top-10.

Round 6

The final race once again saw Pigot showcase his skill, but this time he did so under pressure. Brabham took advantage of two restarts and moved into the runner-up spot, challenging his teammate as he did in Round 2. Pigot was unfazed and held on for his fifth win. Brabham finished second, followed by Hindman to finalize a series largely dominated by the three teammates. Blackstock was fourth with Alberico securing another top-five finish.

At week’s end, Pigot tallied 187 points for the crown. Hindman edged Brabham 140-135 with Blackstock fourth (103) and McGregor fifth (83). See the final points here.

2012 USF2000 Winterfest Results

  • Round 1 – Sebring International Raceway
  • Round 2 – Sebring International Raceway
  • Round 3 – Sebring International Raceway
  • Round 4 – Palm Beach International Raceway
  • Round 5 – Palm Beach International Raceway
  • Round 6 – Palm Beach International Raceway

The highly anticipated 2012 USF2000 National Championship will get underway March 15-16 at Sebring International Raceway. If the Winterfest is any indication, Spencer Pigot will be the driver to beat.

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