About Rising Star Racing

Motorsports relies on funding as much as fuel – that much will eternally be true.

Originally, wealthy team owners – or those who had acquired team sponsors – hired the best driver available. In most cases, that is no longer true. Drivers are now often expected to bring a significant portion of the operating budget to the team. This inequity favors funding over talent, so the best drivers arenʼt always in the best cars – or any car.

RSR has a unique mission in the world of motorsports: to help ensure that the most deserving drivers get the opportunities they have earned. RSR subscribes to the ideal that world-class talent, hard work, dedication and desire should rise to the top in motorsports just as they do in most other sports.

RSR seeks to level the playing field by matching corporate sponsors with a very select group of young open-wheel drivers. Drivers who are the whole package, but lack the full backing to progress and flourish. We provide funding, marketing and promotional support, and career guidance to our drivers with the goal of helping them reach the pinnacle of North American open-wheel racing, the IndyCar Series.

Our Drivers

JOSEF NEWGARDEN

After capturing the 2011 Indy Lights championship, Josef Newgarden joined Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in 2012. All 67 of his Verizon IndyCar Series starts occurred with what is now Ed Carpenter Racing. The 2015 season was a breakout year for the Tennessee native with two wins, two second-place finishes and one pole. Newgarden remained a championship contender through the season finale, finishing a career-best 7th in the standings. 

BirthdateDecember 22, 1990
Home TownNashville, TN
ResidesIndianapolis, IN
Height5' 11"
Weight165 lbs
Personal Web Sitewww.josefnewgarden.com
Facebookwww.facebook.com/josef.newgarden
Twitter@josefnewgarden

SPENCER PIGOT

Spencer Pigot is the most successful driver to compete in the Mazda Road to Indy, winning 24 races across Indy Lights, Pro Mazda and USF2000 competition. 2016 is Pigot’s rookie season in the Verizon IndyCar Series. He competed at St. Petersburg and in both the Angie’s List Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500 for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing before joining Ed Carpenter Racing for the remaining road and street course events. Pigot caught the attention of IndyCar teams in 2015 when he won six races as an Indy Lights rookie on his way to collecting the championship.  

BirthdateSeptember 29th, 1993
Home TownPasadena, California
ResidesIndianapolis, IN
Height5' 10"
Weight150 lbs
Personal Web Sitespencerpigot.com
Facebookfacebook.com/spencerpigot
Twitter@spencerpigot

NEIL ALBERICO

A native of Los Gatos, California, 23-year-old Neil Alberico first started racing karts at the age of 10. Neil was runner-up in the 2013 USF2000 Series with six wins and eight podiums. In 2014, Neil was a rookie in the Pro Mazda Series driving for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing. He finished the season in a very impressive 3rd place with 6 top-5s in 14 races, including three 2nd place finishes. Neil finished second in the Pro Mazda Championship in 2015, and in 2016 moved up the Mazda Road to Indy Ladder to Indy Lights competition with Carlin Racing. 

BirthdateOctober 7, 1992
Home TownSanta Clara, CA
ResidesLos Gatos, CA
Height5' 10"
Weight160 lbs
Personal Web Siteneilalberico.com
Facebookfacebook.com/neilalberico
Twitter@neilalberico

Community Outreach

While the Rising Star Racing drivers look for success on track, they will also seek many other “wins” in 2015. RSR will work to engage with the public on a variety of important social, educational, and safety issues.

A comprehensive public outreach effort will see the the popular young Rising Star Racing drivers visit schools around the country to carry forward important social messages including the STEM initiative and Don’t Text and Drive campaign. The drivers will make appearances at hospitals and charity functions in addition to serving as instructors for Teen Safe Driving schools.

Please watch our News section for upcoming RSR events.

News

DUAL IN DETROIT RACE RECAP

JOSEF NEWGARDEN  VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES DUAL IN DETROIT TEAM: ED CARPENTER RACING RACE 1: FINISHED 14TH RACE 2: FINISHED 4TH Newgarden on…

SPENCER PIGOT JOINS ED CARPENTER RACING DRIVER LINE-UP

Pigot Will Drive No. 20 At Road and Street Course Events (DETROIT) June 2, 2016 – Ed Carpenter Racing announced today that…

RSR INDIANAPOLIS 500 RACE RESULTS

JOSEF NEWGARDEN  VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES INDIANAPOLIS 500 TEAM: ED CARPENTER RACING STARTED: 2ND FINISHED: 3RD “It’s really heartbreaking, to be honest, because…

RISING STAR RACING GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS RACE REPORT

JOSEF NEWGARDEN  VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES ANGIE’S LIST GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS TEAM: ED CARPENTER RACING STARTED: 25TH FINISHED: 21ST “It’s just a…

BARBER RACE REPORT

JOSEF NEWGARDEN  VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA TEAM: ED CARPENTER RACING STARTED: 3RD FINISHED: 3RD “It was a pretty decent…

TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH RACE REPORT

JOSEF NEWGARDEN VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH TEAM: ED CARPENTER RACING STARTED: 9TH FINISHED: 10TH “Well, not the…

Partners

Opportunities

Rising Star Racing generates the bulk of funding for our drivers through corporate sponsorship. With over 20 years of experience in delivering exceptional sponsorship programs, RSR principals will tap into corporate brand messages to broadcast them to highly passionate audiences.

The stylish, dynamic Rising Star Racing drivers provide the platform for powerful, creative and effective marketing programs. Please join Rising Star Racing in its fervent desire to allow the brightest, most deserving young drivers to demonstrate their racecraft.

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