Texas: Nelson Piquet preview

Continued Relationship with ESR: Piquet Jr. will rejoin Eddie Sharp Racing this weekend after making his ARCA Racing Series debut with ESR at Daytona in February. After his start at TMS this Friday, the 24-year-old will compete with ESR at...

Continued Relationship with ESR: Piquet Jr. will rejoin Eddie Sharp Racing this weekend after making his ARCA Racing Series debut with ESR at Daytona in February. After his start at TMS this Friday, the 24-year-old will compete with ESR at Michigan International Speedway on June 11 and Pocono Raceway on July 31.

Seat Time at Texas Test: Piquet Jr. went to TMS in March to test with ESR at the ARCA Racing Series open test. The test provided another opportunity for the former Formula One driver to gain experience at a 1.5-mile speedway and more seat time in a stock car. Piquet Jr. finished the test 16th quickest with a speed of 180.186 mph.

Second Place Finish: The Brazilian driver competed last weekend in the first Copa Chevrolet Montana race in at the Autodromo Internacional in Curitiba, Brazil. Piquet Jr., invited as a special guest, was the quickest car in the field of 32 in the first practice, 11th quickest in the second practice and qualified in the sixth position. In the main event, Piquet Jr. finished second behind Julio Campos.

Piquet Jr. after the Texas Test:

"Every day I've been learning a lot, hearing stories. The driving part is taking time because I'm not in a car every day. For me, it's tougher to run these kinds of cars than a normal road course. Hopefully, I'll eventually get more and more used to it. It was a big day for me."

On Racing at TMS:

"I'm really excited to be back in the Eddie Sharp Racing No. 6 car, and to be with such a good team for more wheel to wheel racing. I'm looking forward to applying what I learned during last month's test at Texas and taking advantage of this opp

ortunity to better prepare myself for the June 4 Truck race at Texas Motor Speedway. I'm also looking forward to meeting more people this weekend and continuing to learn more about NASCAR."

Eddie Sharp after the Texas Test:

"The test was an eye-opener for Nelson. The only thing he had to relate to was Daytona, so Nelson got another chance to see what he still needs to learn. Seat time and running more ARCA races are really going to help him. I think if he went back and tested the next day, he would have done even better. Nelson really has a lot of talent. I am excited to work with him and see him develop into a great stock car driver."

-source: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Nelson Piquet , Julio Campos