SBRS: Christiano Piquet -- Racer on the Rise

Cristiano Piquet is trying to make a name for himself. A three-time Formula C shifter kart champion, Piquet's early accomplishments mirror those of his famous cousin, Nelson Piquet, three-time Formula 1 champion. The young Brazilian aspires to...

Cristiano Piquet is trying to make a name for himself. A three-time Formula C shifter kart champion, Piquet's early accomplishments mirror those of his famous cousin, Nelson Piquet, three-time Formula 1 champion. The young Brazilian aspires to race professionally and is using the Skip Barber Race Series as a means to get there.

Piquet starting racing at 18 years of age. Today, at 23, the Brazilian has over five years of race experience, having spent time considerable amount of time in karts. Among his accomplishments is a remarkable record of 22 podium visits in 27 races in the 2000 season.

By working with his agent, Talentstream, Piquet has mapped out a path that starts with the Skip Barber Race Series and carries him upward to the Barber Dodge Pro Series, Toyota Atlantic or Indy Lights and finally Formula CART or Champ Cars.

"My obective over the next two to three years is to contest the Formula Dodge [Southern] Regional Championship and earn Rookie of the Year honors then go on to the Formula Dodge National Championship and follow the Barber-CART ladder all the way up. I'm fortunate to be sponsored by Talentstream, Advanced Karting and Cool-Racing and want to make the most of the opportunity."

Belo Horizonte, Brazil was the backdrop for a youth spent contesting several forms of racing. While his strength lies in karting, Piquet has rounded out his resume with stints in other forms of motorsports; Rally and Tourism. From Brazil to Miami, Florida, Piquet settled in the states with an eye towards developing more open-wheel experience. Last Fall, he participated in a lapping session at Sebring, Florida. Earlier this year, he followed that up with another lapping session on the full course at Sebring.

"I am impressed with the Skip Barber organization, the quality of the equipment, temperament of the team. The standards of professionalism are extremely high."

When not in the car, Piquet follows the sport as a fan and avid enthusiast. His favorite driver, Christiano Da Matta, hales from his hometown.

"Christiano is a great driver and a good friend. He always gave me good advice when I needed it."

The young pilot is consistenly honing his race craft at a karting center in Florida, and at local and regional championship events. He currently races for Advanced Karting and recently competed in the SKUSA Summer Championship (Super Kart USA) where he won pole position, turned in fastest lap and won all his Shifter S2 races.

- Andrew Torres

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Nelson Piquet , Skip Barber , Cristiano Piquet