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Piquet Jr. gets first 2012 Nationwide outing

Nelson Piquet Jr. is to return to NASCAR Nationwide Series racing later this month, taking the wheel of the #30 Turner Motorsports Chevy at Road America.
Nelson Piquet Jr. will get his first outing this year in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Road America on June 23, Turner Motorsports have confirmed.

"I'm really looking forward to making my first Nationwide Series start of the season," said Piquet.

Piquet Jr. is a regular in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the team, but he has not raced in Nationwide since the 2011 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The team are hoping that the Brazilian's F1 experience will make him a good fit for the 4.048-mile road course in Elkart Lake, Wisconsin. Piquet previously finished seventh in 2010 at Watkins Glen in his very first Nationwide Series outing, his best series finish to date.

"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," said Piquet. "The two tracks are quite different, but I spent a lot of my career on road courses before coming to NASCAR."

Piquet will be driving the #30 car in the Sargento 200. He is assured of starting the race stanks to car owner points already amassed.

"The Turner Motorsports cars have been performing extremely well in the Nationwide Series this year, getting a win already in Daytona," noted Piquet. "My expectation is that we can bring home a victory."

The 26-year-old Brazilian now has 35 Truck Series starts under his belt which include one pole position start, seven top five and 16 top ten finishes. Although he is yet to claim his first victory in a national-level NASCAR event, he took the chequered flag at Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East earlier this year.



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