Piquet Jr happy with sixth

Former Renault F1 man Nelson Piquet Jr fights his way to sixth on his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut.
Nelson Piquet Jr was delighted with his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Daytona Beach in Florida this weekend, with the Brazilian coming through the field to finish in sixth.

Competing for Red Horse Racing in the #1 Toyota Tundra truck at the NextEra Energy Resources 250 event, Piquet Jr started the 100-lap, 250 mile race from 22nd out of 36 cars. He made immediate progress after the start, deftly avoiding a first lap incident, and was already up to 12th by lap 25. Driving round another incident, he was able to take advantage and move up to seventh and actually ran as high as second after a round of pitstops.

He lost positions after the restart following a caution period but regained some spots on the final lap and eventually crossed the line in a very pleasing sixth position.

“First of all I need to thank Red Horse Racing and Toyota. The car was great all through the race and they put me in a position to be racing side-by-side at the front, which was great for my first race at Daytona,” said the former Renault F1 driver. “I knew it would be tough, but never this much, I learned a lot.

“NASCAR is very intense racing, driving for three hours is very demanding on the drivers and the equipment and I think the bodywork on my truck showed how NASCAR is a contact sport! It was a battle to stay out of trouble but I'm really happy to have ended the race in a strong position.

“I'd like to take this opportunity to say sorry to any of the drivers if I made any mistakes, but this was my first race and I'm learning. It's been a long time since I had this much fun and I can't wait for the next one!”

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Nelson Piquet (BRA) Renault R29, Monaco F1 Grand Prix, 21st-24th, May 2009

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

Jason - Unregistered

February 15, 2010 4:23 AM

He actually drove really well. Even last week in the ARCA race he drove well and was up near the front before his car wouldn't start on the restart which put him down the field. Good Luck to him

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.