Michigan: Nelson Piquet preview

Nelson Piquet Jr. and the Eddie Sharp Racing No. 6 Toyota will take the track for the Racing for Wildlife 200 at Michigan International Speedway on Friday, June 11 2010 at 5:15 p.m. EST. Piquet looks to continue his transition into stock car...

Nelson Piquet Jr. and the Eddie Sharp Racing No. 6 Toyota will take the track for the Racing for Wildlife 200 at Michigan International Speedway on Friday, June 11 2010 at 5:15 p.m. EST. Piquet looks to continue his transition into stock car racing from his open-wheel roots. This will be his first start at Michigan International Speedway.

Last ARCA Race: Texas: Piquet competed at Texas Motor Speedway on April 18 in the No. 6 ESR Toyota Camry. The starting grid, chosen by the 2009 season standings of owner points, placed Piquet on the pole. Last season, the No. 6 was driven by 2009 ARCA Racing Series Champion Justin Lofton. From the drop of the green flag, the Brazilian driver battled the field. He remained in the top-five for much of the race, before falling to tenth. On an exciting green-white-checker finish, Piquet muscled his way to cross the finish line in ninth place.

Driving with ESR: Piquet will drive with ESR this weekend at MIS in the No. 6 Toyota Camry. He continues his relationship with the team after debuting in the series at Daytona in February and running at TMS in April. After this weekend, Piquet is scheduled to race again with ESR at Pocono Raceway on July 31.

Double-Duty: Along with the ARCA Racing Series race on Friday, Piquet will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday at MIS. This will be his fourth start in the NCWTS, and he will be driving the No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports truck.

Experience on the Spotter Stand: Mike Calinoff will be on the spotter's stand for the No. 6 ESR Toyota. Calinoff, spotter for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth, and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., will serve triple-duty this weekend during the companion races. This weekend, Calinoff will spot for Piquet during the NCWTS and ARCA races and Kenseth on Sunday.

Michigan Test: Piquet traveled to MIS on May 25 to take part in the ARCA Racing Series open test with the ESR team. In the two testing sessions that day, Piquet finished eighth quickest overall, laying down a fast lap of 39.804 seconds (180.886 mph). Piquet's ESR teammate Craig Goess finished third-quickest overall during the test.

ESR Success at MIS: ESR has found success at MIS over the years. In 2008, ESR drivers stole the show as Scott Speed won the pole and Lofton won the race, capturing the race record for ARCA at MIS with an average lap speed of 150.596 mph. In 2009, Lofton earned the pole award.

Piquet on Racing at Michigan International Speedway:

"I am looking forward to an exciting ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck doubleheader weekend at MIS as I continue to learn and develop my career in the U.S. Eddie Sharp Racing continues to show their capability and success on the track, coming off a big win at Pocono, and I hope to ride that momentum into Michigan. I've never raced at Michigan, so it's going to be a good weekend to learn the track. I'm working with a lot of talented people who are really helping to speed up my learning curve. This weekend is another step in that direction."

-source: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Nelson Piquet , Nelson Piquet Jr. , Scott Speed , Craig Goess