NASCAR: Nelson Piquet Jr. gets full-time Nationwide ride image

Former F1 driver Nelson Piquet Jr. Will has landed a full-time seat in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this year, Turner Motorsports announced.

The Brazilian will drive the team’s No. 30 Chevrolet Camaro and will have Chris Carrier as crew chief. The son of the triple Formula 1 world champion Nelson Piquet will be the first Brazilian native that competes in the full Nationwide circuit.

“I am very happy to be returning with Turner Scott Motorsports in 2013, and incredibly excited to be making the move to the NASCAR Nationwide Series. I said from the very beginning of my NASCAR career that I wanted to go about it the right way and progress through the ranks when the time was right; that I wouldn’t rush. I feel that 2012 was a really fantastic season for me and it provided me with the opportunity to go to the next level,” Piquet said.

Piquet has driven four Nationwide races in 2012 and 2011 and won one of them, at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. He has raced two complete seasons in the truck series, with two wins at Michigan International Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and 15 top-five finishes, all with Carrier as crew chief.

Piquet will start the season on Saturday, February 23 at the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway.