Nelson Piquet, Jr. to Make ARCA Debut with Eddie Sharp Racing at Daytona (January 27, 2009) - Brazilian racecar driver, Nelson Piquet, Jr., is set to run in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway on February 6, 2009....
Nelson Piquet, Jr. to Make ARCA Debut with Eddie Sharp Racing at Daytona
(January 27, 2009) - Brazilian racecar driver, Nelson Piquet, Jr., is set to run in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway on February 6, 2009. Piquet will make his debut in the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards (ARCA) in the No. 6 Toyota fielded by Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR).
The 24-year-old is the son of three-time Formula One World Champion Nelson Piquet. Having a family lineage in racing, Piquet got an early start behind the wheel of a racecar. From 1993 until 2001, Piquet ran in Brazilian karting, later moving to Formula Three Sudamericana and various other series under his father's sponsor Piquet Sports. After gaining adequate tracktime and obtaining numerous wins and championships during this six-year stint, Piquet moved to Formula One (F1) in 2007.
Running as an F1 test driver in 2007, Piquet earned the right to race 28 events for Renault F1 during 2008 and 2009, with his best result coming at the 2008 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim where he finished on the podium in second place. His five points scoring finishes that season helped the team finish fourth in the constructors' championship and secured his position with the team for 2009. For 2010, Piquet has decided to pursue a career in the USA and is focused on stockcar racing. [IMG_2667-1-1.jpg]
"I'm very excited! I can't wait to reach 200mph side-by-side and rubbing paint!" Piquet said, "The plans for the season are coming together really well, and I am racing with two very strong teams. I can't wait to get out on track!"
"We are excited to have Nelson driving for us in Daytona this year," said Sharp. "He will represent ESR well, and we believe he will gain some good learning miles in a stockcar, especially racing at Daytona."