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Andretti Autosport Signs Spencer Pigot

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INDIANAPOLIS Dec. 11, 2010: Andretti Autosport announced it has signed Spencer Pigot as the team's second entry in the 2011 USF2000 National Championship. Pigot will pilot the #8 car for Andretti Autosport.

Pigot, a 17-year-old born in Pasadena, Calif. and currently residing in Windermere, Fla., captured the 2010 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda title with three wins, five poles and 11 podium finishes.

Pigot won his first karting championship title at age 10 and took his first national title just one year later. His success continued with several prestigious series and race wins, eventually leading to an entry into the Skip Barber National series as a MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Driver. Pigot was also named a Team USA Scholarship winner in 2010 and recently competed in the Formula Ford Festival, qualifying on pole for his heat, finishing fourth in the final, and setting fastest race lap.

Sanctioned by INDYCAR, Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda is one of two series part of both INDYCAR's Mazda Road to Indy ladder system and the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver program. The 2011 USF2000 season will begin March 17 at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla.

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MICHAEL ANDRETTI, CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT: "We're really excited to have Spencer join us. It's always great to have a champion from another formula come in to our family, so he's definitely a proven winner. Now our goal is to get him another championship. Hopefully he'll be able to get through the ladder system, and hopefully he'll be doing that with us here at Andretti Autosport."

J-F THORMANN, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT: "We're thrilled that we were able to make a deal with Spencer. I think we have a fantastic USF2000 driver lineup with Spencer being a champion of the Skip Barber National Series and Zach Veach returning to the team. To have Spencer joining with his successes in go-karting and with how well he did at the Formula Ford Festival, we're definitely looking forward to a good year."

JOHN DOONAN, MAZDASPEED TEAM DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, MAZDA NORTH AMERICAN OPERATIONS: "Spencer is an impressive young man, both on and off the track. We were impressed with him when he won the Mazda-Skip Barber karting shootout last year and our appreciation has grown throughout the year. We're proud to have Spencer as a part of the MAZDASPEED Ladder and Mazda Road to Indy."

SPENCER PIGOT, DRIVER: "The opportunity to drive for Michael Andretti is something I didn't think could happen until much later in my career. It's an honor to be associated with Andretti Autosport, and I'm really looking forward to driving for the team next year in the USF2000 series. My main goal is to become an IZOD IndyCar driver, so there is no better place for me than with this team. With all of the knowledge and experience of Andretti Autosport, I'm very excited to be a part of the family. I learned a lot last year in the Skip Barber National Championship that prepared me very well for the upcoming season. I have to thank everyone at MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development, Skip Barber and Andretti Autosport for giving me the opportunity to move up to the first step in the Mazda Road to Indy program."