Piquet Jr. Making Busy Michigan Debut MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 7, 2010) - Nelson Piquet Jr. is slated to make his first start at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in this week's VFW 200. It will be his fourth start in NASCAR Camping World...
Piquet Jr. Making Busy Michigan Debut
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 7, 2010) - Nelson Piquet Jr. is slated to make his first start at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in this week's VFW 200. It will be his fourth start in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) competition. In addition to the NCWTS event, Piquet will also drive in Friday's ARCA Series race.
Last week at Texas Motor Speedway, Piquet drove to an eighth-place finish, which marked his second top-10 in three tries.
Piquet's No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports team has eight starts in NCWTS competition at MIS. They've accumulated an impressive stat sheet consisting of two poles (2005, Kyle Busch, 2009, Brian Ickler) two top-fives and three top-10 finishes. Piquet aims to learn the long straightaways and wide racing grooves associated with MIS and add to his team's resume.
Piquet Jr. Comments on VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway
"When it comes to transitioning from open wheel racing to stock cars, it's all racing. It's all driving. Obviously each series has its own characteristics and different formats of racing. When you're inside a car and fighting, though, it's all very similar. You're battling 'car tight' versus 'car loose' and trying to get the handling corrected. No matter what you're driving, you have to concentrate and maintain yourself during the race. I've obviously grown up open wheel racing, but no matter the series, you're goal is the same. It's trying to get the most out of your car and adapting to the track.
"I've never raced at Michigan. I'm going to be racing in the ARCA Series the same week as the Truck Series event, so it's going to be a good weekend to learn the track. I'm working with a lot of talented people and everyone has been a huge help. I feel like they've really sped up my learning curve. This will be the first two-mile track I've raced in the Truck Series, so I don't know how it will handle, but I know it's going to be a lot of fun."