Piquet Jr. Aims to Continue Learning at Texas MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 30, 2010) - Nelson Piquet Jr. made his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at a 1.5-mile race track in May's N.C. Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor ...
Piquet Jr. Aims to Continue Learning at Texas
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 30, 2010) - Nelson Piquet Jr. made his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at a 1.5-mile race track in May's N.C. Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Piquet piloted his Qualcomm, ArcSight Toyota Tundra from his 23rd-place starting position to a 16th-place finish.
Piquet hopes what he learned at Charlotte, combined with his knowledge of Texas Motor Speedway (TMS), will pay dividends in this week's WinStar World Casino 400 at TMS. Piquet has competed in one prior event at TMS. In last April's ARCA Series race, Piquet started in first-place and finished ninth driving for Eddie Sharp Racing. This week will mark Piquet's second of three starts for Billy Ballew Motorsports.
Piquet Jr. on WinStar World Casino 400:
"My goal is to learn as much as I can. Obviously it's my beginning in America. Of course we want to win races, but we need to keep everything in check. If we achieve a top-10 or top-five, it would be awesome. I'm not quite sure what to expect. I'm going to give it my best. I'm going to be competing against guys who have a lot more experience than I do, so it will be tough to arrive out of the blue and shine. It will be difficult. It's a hard beginning, but I've had a lot of help from the other drivers and really looking forward to racing against them at Texas. I'm sure we'll have a good time.
"I've been to Texas. I raced in the ARCA event earlier this season. We had a couple of problems with my car and I finished ninth. It's a different story with the trucks, though. Hopefully my experience at the track, and what I learned at Charlotte, will help my learning curve in the race. I learned so much in the last Truck Series race. I felt like I was finding the right line and settling into the groove by the time it ended. I wish we could have started it over. Hopefully I'll be able to pick up in Texas where I left off in Charlotte. The team has been helping me a lot and we are continuing to improve our communication during practice and the race as I learn. It would be great to leave with a top-10."