Wednesday, 21 April 2010 07:36
Billy Ballew Motorsports announced today that Nelson Piquet Jr. will drive its No. 15 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) entry for three events this season.
Piquet will pilot the Qualcomm, ArcSight Toyota Tundra at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 21, Texas Motor Speedway on June 4 and Michigan International Speedway on June 12.
At only 24 years old, Piquet has already accumulated an impressive track record. In 2005 and 2006, Piquet raced in the Formula 1 developmental series, GP2. He won at Belgium in 2005 and claimed second place in the championship point standings in 2006.
In 2007, Piquet was hired by Renault Racing as a test driver for its Formula 1 operation. Renault Racing recognized his talent and put him behind the wheel for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
Piquet got his first taste of stock car competition this season. He competed in the ARCA Series and NCWTS events at Daytona International Speedway, finishing 27th and sixth respectively.
His most recent stint was in Texas Motor Speedway's Rattlesnake 150. Piquet started first and finished ninth.
"Everyone at Billy Ballew Motorsports is very excited to have Nelson racing with us. He's obviously an incredibly talented driver. I think these three races will give him some valuable seat time, which is just what he needs to continue developing his abilities. He did very well at Daytona earlier this year and showed that he has a good feel for stock car racing. The more time he has to get acclimated to these vehicles, the better he's going to do," said Ballew.
"We take a lot of pride in our program. We have a talented group of people that can help drivers reach their potential. When you're up and coming, you need guidance to learn how to get the most out of your truck and how you can make it better. We have a lot of experience doing that and look forward to working with talented drivers, like Nelson, who are on the rise. I think this will be a great opportunity for him."
Piquet is looking forward to the three race schedule with Billy Ballew Motorsports and honing his NASCAR craft.
"I can't wait to get behind the wheel of a truck again. I really enjoyed racing at Daytona and learned a lot. I gain a better understanding of how these trucks handle with each lap I take. These upcoming races will be exactly what I need to continue growing as a driver," said Piquet.
"It's going to be a great experience to work with the 15 team. They have great people on their team and I'm excited to be working with them."