Piquet Jr. joins NASCAR truck series
15 December 2010 – Former Renault Formula 1 driver Nélson Piquet Jr. will be part of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2011, it has been confirmed. The Brazilian, who left F1 after last being seen in the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix for Renault, will be competing with former Champion team Kevin Harvick Inc.
The new signing will result in the 25-year-old son of the former triple F1 World Champion of the same name piloting a Chevrolet Silverado, with the opening race of the truck season being staged at Daytona International Speedway in mid-February.
“It's a great opportunity, to be able to race for Kevin Harvick,” Piquet, who has driven in five truck races this year, commented in a São Paulo press conference.
“I want to become the first Brazilian to have a competitive season in NASCAR because I think it's important to open that door for Brazilians in the United States.
“It will be an interesting season next year, I'm already looking forward to the first race. I also had the opportunity to do some truck races earlier this year and became really passionate for the series, so I'm glad to be able to do a full season in this new chapter of my career in the US.”