Nelson Piquet Jr. To Run Full Nationwide Schedule

By Michael Guzman
Jerome Miron-US Presswire


The speculation for which series Nelson Piquet Jr. would compete for a championship in 2013 has ended. Piquet, after two top ten point seasons in The Camping World Truck Series, has earned an incredible opportunity to run a full schedule for an already established title contender. And contending for a title is something Piquet should not have a problem with.

Turner-Scott Motorsports is an already established NASCAR Nationwide Series team, and offers the top contender for the championship in Justin Allgier. Piquet is now not only teammates with Allgier, but established title contender James Buescher. Together, this duo of drivers provides Piquet with an unparalleled stream of information to match his natural talent. Veteran crew chief Chris Carrier will be on top of the pit box, coupling Piquet’s raw speed with poise throughout the year.

This is a different Nelson Piquet from the man banished from Formula 1 for compromising the integrity of a race. This is a driver that entered the fold with speed and had an average finish no lower than 12th in three years of Camping World Truck Series competition.

Piquet has seen it all, and developed well with not only the car, but race management as well. This past year with Turner-Scott, his third year in NASCAR competition, Piquet not only had nine top five finishes, but entered victory lane twice in truck series competition. Adding to his impressive stock car statistics, Piquet is already a winner in the Nationwide series, winning on the road course at Road America.

Everything is falling into place for Nelson Piquet. He is an incredibly marketable and so far successful driver. He is one of only two NASCAR drivers from Brazil, a country which support for its athletes is second to none. On top of that, Turner-Scott has the success and money to become a successful Sprint Cup team in the future and Piquet may be able to ride their wave of success to the top. 2013 is looming, and for Nelson Piquet, 2013 may be the most successful year of an already incredible racing career.

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