The Indy 500 debut for Citrone/Buhl Autosport had just about everything. In what was certainly a unique scene over the past two weeks with no fans in attendance, the show went on and The Greatest Spectacle in Racing delivered that same level of excitement and competition fans have become accustomed to over the decades at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Starting 12th in the field, Spencer quickly moved his way up a few spots in the first few laps. Over the course of the race, he moved up and down though the pack and was making a late charge through the field but a scary crash off turn 4 with 5 laps to go ended the day early. Spencer was able to get out of the car and then taken to an area hospital for further evaluation. He was discharged last night, and we are VERY happy to report he is feeling okay this morning!
A big congratulations to our Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing teammates who filled out two spots on the podium. Graham Rahal nabbed a 3rd place finish and the checkered flag went to Takuma Sato, who claimed his 2nd Indy 500 title!
Thank you to everyone that supported the No. 45 car and team and we are already counting down the days to the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500! Citrone/Buhl Autosport is just getting started so be sure to keep track of the team and follow @citronebuhl for what comes next!
In just two days, Citrone/Buhl Autosport will make its INDYCAR debut at the GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The COVID-19 pandemic certainly makes for a unique debut experience at a race held without fans and restricted to only essential team personnel. Driver of the No. 45 car, Spencer Pigot, appreciates the uncommon lead-up to his first race of the year.
“We aren’t allowed inside the track until the morning of practice so we are trying to prepare as much as possible before we get to the speedway,” said Pigot. “The fact that the race was rescheduled will definitely help me a bit. Instead of the GMR Grand Prix being almost mid season, it’s the first road course race of the year so everyone will be trying to get comfortable again.”
There will be many “firsts” at the track this weekend and the crew at Citrone/Buhl Autosport are excited for the INDYCAR team debut! We are very much all looking forward to the Indy GP and hopeful we can celebrate with fireworks for more reasons than just the Independence Day holiday!
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Earlier this year, Citrone/Buhl Autosport announced it would be entering a car into the Indy GP and Indy 500 this year. Well, a lot has changed since that announcement, including the postponement of the Indy 500 until late August. INDYCAR has, however, been in action…albeit not on any physical tracks, but virtually with the INDYCAR iRacing Challenge.
We are excited to announce that Spencer Pigot, who will be behind the wheel of the #45 car once real-life racing resumes, is going to be behind the virtual wheel of the #45 Mi-Jack / EMBRACE Pittsburgh RLL with Citrone/Buhl Autosport entry. You can watch the AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge at (virtual) Circuit of The Americas live on NBCSN this weekend, Saturday at 2:30 PM.
The virtual livery features EMBRACE Pittsburgh, one of the Citrone family’s incredible philanthropic organizations. EMBRACE Pittsburgh is a powerful movement conceived and driven by Citrone 33. The goal is to champion mental strength throughout the Pittsburgh region. By exercising our minds, we sharpen our focus, manage stress, ready ourselves for change, and strengthen our overall health.
Circuit of The Americas is near and dear to Buhl Sport, as we have had success there in the past. Alex Keyes drove the #4 Champion/Racing4Detroit car to victory multiple times at CoTA in Americas Rallycross!
This weekend shouldn’t be quite as dusty for Spencer…stay safe!
Detroit, MI – Citrone/Buhl Autosport (CBA) has partnered with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) to run as co-entrant on RLL’s third car during the month of May. The group announced yesterday that Spencer Pigot, who made three starts for the team in 2016, will return to RLL in 2020 for the GMR Grand Prix on May 9 and the Indianapolis 500 on May 24 in a Honda-powered car entered with Citrone/Buhl Autosport.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Hilliard, Ohio and Brownsburg, Ind., is co-owned by three-time IndyCar Champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, former CBS Late Show host David Letterman, and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan. “We are looking forward to working with Citrone/Buhl Autosport on this entry. It is an exciting time for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and having a new team enter the sport is proof of that,” said Rahal.
Orlando, Florida native Pigot, 26, earned back-to-back championships in 2014 and 2015 in the INDYCAR Ladder Series with his 2014 Pro Mazda championship and 2015 Indy Lights title. He made his NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut with RLL in 2016 in the St. Petersburg season opener and also competed in the INDYCAR Grand Prix and Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the team.
“I’m very excited to join Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with Citrone/Buhl Autosport for this year’s GMR Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500,” said Pigot. “I can’t thank everyone at RLL and Citrone/Buhl Autosport enough for their efforts in putting this deal together and the opportunity to compete in another Indy 500. I can’t wait for May!”
The Citrone/Buhl Autosport team joined RLL at their 2nd annual Partner Summit at the BMW Performance Center in Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina on Wednesday. Rob Citrone, his son Nick, and wife Cindy, along with Robbie Buhl and Bill Kerstetter of Buhl Sport Detroit, spent the day with the entire RLL team, sponsors, and partners for programming in the morning and some exciting driving events in the afternoon.
“Nick, myself and our whole family are excited to be part of the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team and to have Spencer as the driver is incredible,” Citrone said. “We have been incredibly impressed with all of the people we have met at RLL.” Robbie expressed the same excitement, “We all want to win and this set up allows us to learn in an accelerated way. Getting to see more of how the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team operates and getting to see the depth of both the engineering and commercial side is exciting. We feel great about our partnership.”
You can read more about the partnership at citronebuhl.com.About Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Hilliard, Ohio and Brownsburg, Ind., is co-owned by three-time IndyCar Champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, former CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan. In 2020, the team will compete in their 29th year of open wheel competition and attempt to add to their 28 wins – including the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice — their 32 poles, 102 podium finishes and 1992 series championship. The team also competed in the American Le Mans Series from 2009-2013 as BMW Team RLL where they won both the Manufacturer and Team Championships in the GT category in 2010 and swept all three GT titles in 2011 – Manufacturer, Team and Driver. In 2012, the team finished second in the Team Championship and third in the Manufacturer Championship and in 2013, the team finished second in the Driver, Team and Manufacturer Championship. Since 2014, BMW Team RLL has competed in the GTLM class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a two-car program and has brought their total to 21 wins – including the 2019 and 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance races, 28 poles and 79 podium finishes as well as a second place finish in the Manufacturer, Team and Driver championships in 2015 and 2017.
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A new racing team has been formed to participate in the NTT IndyCar Series. Citrone/Buhl Autosport was formed by two groups passionate about racing and intent on entering a competitive car into the Indianapolis 500. Formed in early 2020, the team plans to make its first appearance on the grid at the Indianapolis Grand Prix on May 9th.
Citrone/Buhl Autosport is a partnership between Robert and Nick Citrone and Tom and Robbie Buhl. Robert Citrone is founder of Discovery Capital Management and the largest minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rob’s son Nick is a Data Analytics Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Tom and Robbie own Buhl Sport Detroit, a motorsports marketing company that operates a rallycross team, Racing4Detroit, and an advanced driver training program called Teen Street Skills.
No stranger to IndyCar, Robbie competed in 78 IndyCar races between 1993 and 2004, including eight starts at the Indy 500, and won the 1997 Pennzoil 200 in New Hampshire and 2000 Delphi Indy 200 at Walt Disney World.
Citrone and Buhl have been friends since meeting 20 years ago at the Indy 500 while Robbie was still driving. Both families share a love and passion for IndyCar and have always wanted to form a team to compete at Indy. In the summer of 2019, on behalf of the partnership, Buhl began exploring opportunities, with several teams and drivers, to enter a car in the 500. The underlying goal of Citrone/Buhl Autosport is to be competitive while partnering with the right people to deliver results.
The Citrones and Buhls see this as the start of a continued racing endeavor with aspiration of more entries at more races in the future.