Cabot Bigham Seeking Breakthrough Weekend at Trois-Rivieres
Andretti Rallycross’ Cabot Bigham is halfway through his first Americas Rallycross (ARX) Supercar season in the No. 02 Oink Clothing Volkswagen Beetle as teammate to two-time ARX event winner Tanner Foust.
The next stop on the schedule is the venue where “The Big Ham” made his first ARX start last year, in ARX2. As teammate to Foust, Bigham is one of two drivers, together with Loenbro Motorsports’ Travis PeCoy, to make the natural step up from ARX2 to ARX for 2019. “Driving for Andretti Rallycross has been incredibly helpful for me because of the level of professionalism they have. Part of the benefit of joining the team was just having the four plus years of research and development with a major manufacturer in rallycross, that’s all stuff that I had never seen before. To be able to join that team and basically be grandfathered into this professional program has been a walk in the park in some ways, but in other ways incredibly challenging,” said Bigham. “Tanner’s got four plus years of experience with this program and everything they’ve done and I have a handful of days. Personally, I’ve never been more challenged, both learning tracks quickly and being able to figure out how to adapt to a car that’s been incredibly engineered to suit a certain driving style. Just driving for Andretti has opened my eyes to how adaptive you have to be as a race car driver in rallycross and how many things you can actually change in this open style rule book with Supercar.”
Having multiple rallycross champion Foust as a teammate has taught Bigham a large amount, the Californian says. “Tanner has helped me become a better driver both on and off the track. I now look for new ways to gain speed on track in the dirt sections specifically – he’s really confident with his car control. Being able to watch him set the car up and know as the track changes just how to drive it, either give it more or less rotation, has been something that I had to learn.”
The 22-year-old is looking forward to heading north of the border to his favorite circuit on the calendar. “I’m most excited to have another chance at that racetrack. Last year it was my first weekend back in ARX as a new series and I hit the ground running, I finished fourth on my first day, then the next day I had won my first qualifying race and I was really gearing up for a really consistent day of potentially a podium finish for me, but I just had a horrible engine malfunction and had to retire from the event after the first heat. That was definitely gutting. Now that I can return in the Supercar with Andretti and have Tanner there who has experienced the track and how it wears and how the car needs to be set up, I feel like I’m at a much greater advantage.”
Bigham is yet to make a final so far in 2019, but had his best qualifying performance of the season at the ARX of Gateway at the World Wide Technology Raceway last time out in round three and is targeting a final placing in Canada. “Missing three finals has been extremely painful for me and I know the team is definitely not happy with where we’re at because they know we can be much better, as Tanner proved in his podium run back in Illinois,” he said. “So being able to have a shot at the podium in the final would be my number one goal and then on a side note I really want to make sure I nail all of my launches, launching a Supercar is much more complex than it looks so being able to minimize wheelspin among other things is what I’m going to focus on from the beginning of the weekend and hopefully carry throughout the course of the event.”