Nelson Piquet Jr will make his first 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series outing on the championship’s first road course race of the year at Road America on 23 June.
Piquet, a former Formula 1 driver with Renault, will race with his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Team Turner Motorsports on the 4.048-mile road course in Elkart Lake, Wisconsin, driving the No. 30 Chevrolet Impala.
Piquet Jr has two previous career Nationwide starts. Hailing from the road course circuits of F1, Piquet Jr made his NNS debut at Watkins Glen International in 2010, earning a seventh-place finish, his best NNS finish to date. Piquet Jr.’s 35 NCWTS starts have resulted in one pole, seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. The 26-year-old Brazilian earned his first NASCAR victory earlier this season when he took the chequered flag at Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
The Sargento 200 is scheduled to take place on Saturday 23 June. Piquet Jr is guaranteed a starting spot in the field by virtue of the No. 30′s full-time NNS status.
Nelson Piquet Jr: “I’m really looking forward to making my first Nationwide Series start of the season. I earned a top-10 in my very first Nationwide Series start, my first start on a road course in NASCAR, and I’ve grown a lot as a driver in the two years since then. The two tracks are quite different, but I spent a lot of my career on road courses before coming to NASCAR. The Turner Motorsports cars have been performing extremely well in the Nationwide Series this year, getting a win already in Daytona, so my expectation is that we can bring home a victory.”