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Piquet Jr so happy with first NASCAR podium

Nelson Piquet Jr: I'm so happy! We had a very complicated start to the year, but I knew the results would come. In reality, the season has just started for me. I hope to keep racing better and better for the rest of the year.

Nelson Piquet Jr was celebrating last night after finishing second at the NASCAR Truck Series race at Nashville, his first podium in the American category.

Piquet finished second behind Kyle Busch who normally races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Piquet Jr's result at Nashville in the Kevin Harvick Inc #8 truck at the fifth race of the 2011 season of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series marks the best result in history for a Brazilian driver in one of the top three NASCAR categories.

It came on his first trip to Nashville after he started the race from fourth position - his third top-ten qualifying result in a row.

“I'm so happy! We had a very complicated start to the year, but I knew the results would come,” he said. “In reality, the season has just started for me. I hope to keep racing better and better for the rest of the year.

“Even more than scoring the second place result, this race was so worthwhile for learning. It is very important to keep learning different skills here because it is a very different kind of racing to open wheel and to show maturity. The team has to be able to know I can do it and be confident in me.”

The next race in the NASCAR Truck Series will take place at Dover on May 13. It's back-to-back for the series after that with the following race taking place at Charlotte on May 20, the race that F1 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen is slated to make his debut.



Related Pictures

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Nelson Piquet (BRA) Renault R28, Hungarian F1, Hungaroring, 1st-3rd, August, 2008
Nelson Piquet (BRA) Renault R28, Chinese F1 Grand Prix, Shanghai, 17th-19th October 2008

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new f1fan - Unregistered

April 23, 2011 10:53 PM

Never get to see any of this truck stuff over here unfortunatly,but well done anyway Nelson,i am one person who has always thought that you got a rough deal off of Flav and co in having to have to decide what you had to do that day,you should neber of been put in such a stupid position as you were and well done for not giving up on your racing.Hopefully this is just the start of something big,and i hope that you do one day return to F1 again as i enjoyed watching you racing in it.



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