Turner Scott Motorsports (TSR) announced Friday that Nelson Piquet Jr., the first Brazilian to win in one of NASCAR’s top-three series, will run full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013. Piquet will pilot the No. 30 Chevrolet Camaro in his first full-time Nationwide season.
Piquet Jr., son of three-time Formula One champion Nelson Piquet, competed in the Camping World Truck series for TSR in 2012, finishing seventh in the final standings.
“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” said Piquet Jr. “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. I’m very excited about the challenge of the Nationwide Series, and I know that I’m going to be doing it running for one of the best teams in the sport. I’m very grateful to Turner Scott Motorsports and our new partners that have come on board to make this full-time Nationwide season possible.”
This is the second time this week the team has announced a new driver addition to its Nationwide program, just two weeks before the start of the 2013 season.
On Wednesday, TSR, in conjunction with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (EGR), announced that Kyle Larson, 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) Champion, will attempt to make his NASCAR Nationwide series debut behind the wheel of the No. 32 Clorox Chevrolet Camaro fielded by TSM during Daytona Speedweeks in the DRIVE4COPD 300 NNS race on February 23.
Larson will attempt to run a full NASCAR Nationwide season.