• Jan 13, 2010
Crashing is a big deal in Formula One. Especially, as the ongoing legal battle between the FIA and one Flavio Briatore shows, if you've done it on purpose. So Nelson Piquet Jr. couldn't have been all that surprised that, after having done exactly that and then gone on to blow the whistle on his own team, he hasn't found a new ride in F1. So... where does a disenfranchised grand prix driver to go for a fresh start? Where do they love crashing more than anywhere else? Why, NASCAR, of course!

The disgraced Brazilian driver expressed interest in a move to stock car racing last year and went on to test a truck for Red Horse Racing in the fall. He's now slated to test the Camping World Truck Series spec Toyota Tundra again, much like Juan Pablo Montoya and Scott Speed made the jump before him.

Although Piquet hasn't confirmed exactly which series he'll be joining, he has specified that it will be a NASCAR series (meaning Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide Series or Sprint Cup), and that he's fully prepared to start at the ground level and work his way up. So while he may skip the lower levels like ARCA, the smart money's on a truck debut for Piquet: Sources anticipate he could be behind the wheel as early as next month at Daytona.

[Source: NPiquet.com and Autosport | Image: Mark Thompson/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Couldn't handle the different turns, went for the same left turn. True advancement in your racing career Nelson! As if there was anything there...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Haha Camping World truck series? What a name. Pretty soon they are going to start getting sponsors for each camera, sponsors for the green flag, checkered, yellow etc...

      "Looking now at the McDonalds camera, the pack is coming out of turn Pepsi as the leaders come down to take the Pet Smart Green flag to begin the Camping World Truck Series' Lowe's 300!"

      This could one day be a reality folks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Remember "Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford"?

        Still, a mediocre driver like Piquet will fite nicely into whatever Nascar series he joins.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are you trying to make fun of sponors in nascar like F1 has not sold it self out yet.

        Ever here of Vodafone Mercedes McLaren? Thats the team name. How about AT&T Willams or Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro? Just a couple of cars that will be racing in the first race this season the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I do truly believe that in a matter of a few years, Pepsi will commission a laser to be built that's powerful enough to completely bathe the moon in their logo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow so clearly you guys despise nascar and spit on it like it isn't a auto-sport well way too be ignorant. maybe you should tell that too the 150,000 fans that go to a race each week on average(and that's just a conservative number) along with the millions watching it on t.v.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I will relax when Nelson Piquet, Jr no longer disgraces the racing world with his presence.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ohh good, now Montoya and Piquet can butt heads while going left left left left and more left.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This guy is lame. His father was an AH, but he was a f..ing great pilot. This dude is also an AH and his driving skills wont even get near his father's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ha! It's like moving from "The Bold and The Beautiful" to "Days of our Lives". This stuff cracks me up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well....at least those are nice Ray-Ban's
      • 5 Years Ago
      This should be even more humourous than his F1 "career".
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nelson Piquet, Jr is a disgrace to all forms of racing. As downright stupid as it was for Briatore to order the crash, Piquet was far stupider for actually doing it. He does not deserve a second chance in ANY series. I'm no NASCAR fans, but if he lands a Truck ride I'll buy tickets AND pit passes for the closest race to me and see to it that a friend of mine gets me on video spitting in his face. And I'm dead serious - if I can afford to make this happen(it will be behind the Grand-Am, ALMS, and IRL races on Mid-Ohio on my financial priorities when it comes to races I shall attend), I WILL do it. Nelson Piquet, Jr deserves only our hatred for what he did.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When is daddy going to figure out that you can't just buy a career? you also need talent to support it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nooo, if he goes into NASCAR he'll blow the whistle on how all the crashes there are to keep people's attention!
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