Spencer Pigot won the second USF2000 race at Sebring International Raceway on Friday, pulling off an around-the-outside pass of Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing teammate Matthew Brabham in their Van Diemen/Mazda race cars at the end of a full-course caution; the pass ensured victory in the race.
Brabham, 18, who started from pole after setting fastest lap en route to his win in Thursday's season opener, led the early laps and pulled clear of Pigot in the opening stages, gaining a 3.5-second advantage. That lead, however, evaporated when caution waved after five laps when two cars went off-course on the 3.7-mile road course.
At the restart, Pigot drafted to the outside of Matty Brabs on approach to the wide open and very fast first turn, took a deep breath and used momentum to edge past his teammate on exit. While Brabham remained glued to Pigot's gearbox, the 18-year-old from nearby Orlando, FL stayed out in front as caution flags shortly waved again for a major Turn 7 pileup that parked seven cars.
Roman Lagudi, 16, born in Sydney, Australia but living in Las Vegas, NV came home third for Belardi Auto Racing, despite pressure from Canadian Matthew Di Leo, 17.
"The race obviously ended up pretty well for me," Pigot said. "Matt was faster when we took the green, so it was tough to keep up with him. I knew the restart was going to be my only chance to try for the win. It's great to get a win when you're not really the fastest guy out there, so it's pretty satisfying," he said.