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Piquet Jr. switches to full-time Nationwide

Nelson Piquet Jr. is to race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series full-time in 2013 after signing a deal with Turner Scott Motorsports to drive the team's #30 Chevrolet Camaro entry.
Nelson Piquet Jr. is inching closer to the goal of becoming a top-tier NASCAR driver with a move up to the Nationwide Series in 2013. Not only will it be Piquet's maiden season, it will be the first time that any Brazilian driver has competed full-time at Nationwide level.

The former F1 driver will drive for Turner Scott Motorsports, running in the team's #30 Chevrolet Camaro, it was announced on Friday.

"I am very happy to be returning with Turner Scott Motorsports in 2013, and incredibly excited to be making the move to the NASCAR Nationwide Series," said Piquet.

"I said from the very beginning of my NASCAR career that I wanted to go about it the right way and progress through the ranks when the time was right, that I wouldn't rush," he added. "I feel that 2012 was a really fantastic season for me and it provided me with the opportunity to go to the next level."

Piquet has already completed two full seasons in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, claiming two wins in 2012 (Michigan International Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway) and 15 top-five finishes. Piquet has additionally made four starts in the Nationwide Series, including his first victory in the series last year at Road America with the Turner team.

"I feel that 2012 was a really fantastic season for me and it provided me with the opportunity to go to the next level," said the Brazilian, who is the son of three-time F1 world champion Nelson Piquet. "I'm very excited about the challenge of the Nationwide Series, and I know that I'm going to be doing it running for one of the best teams in the sport.

"I'm very grateful to Turner Scott Motorsports and our new partners that have come on board to make this full-time Nationwide season possible," he added.

Harry Scott Jr., the new co-owner of the team, said that he had been impressed with the 27-year-old's progress in the US stock car scene since he joined NASCAR in the wake of the so-called "Crashgate" affair that tarnished and ultimately ended his time in F1.

"Nelson was tremendously successful last season and he has proven to be an asset to Turner Scott Motorsports," said Scott. "We are proud to continue our relationship with Nelson in 2013, and we are pleased to be the team where he will take his career to the next level."




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Nelson Piquet Jr., driver of the #30 Qualcomm/Autotrac Chevrolet, poses after qualifying for the pole position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 9, 2012, in Avondale, Ariz. (Photo Credit: Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)
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Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the series championship during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 15, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the series championship after the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 15, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 GameStop/Rock Candy Toyota, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 15, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 15, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #54 ToyotaCare Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 14, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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