It has been speculated for a long time that Nelson Piquet Jr would be moving to the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Turner Scott Motorsports in 2013 but it was officially announced today that indeed that will be the case. He will drive the No. 30 entry full time.
The 27-year old will have Chris Carrier move with him from the Truck Series as crew chief of the effort. The two have teamed up the last two Truck seasons. In 2011 Piquet finished tenth in the points and had 10 top 10 finishes in 25 starts for Kevin Harvick Inc. Then in 2012 Piquet moved to Turner Motorsports where he won at Michigan and Las Vegas on his way to finishing seventh in the points with 15 top 10's in the 22 races. Now he will move to the Nationwide tour with the team where he has won already as well.
"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," Piquet said. "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."
The fact is that Piquet already has one Nationwide win in his four career starts. That came at Road America last year in the smae No. 30 car he will run this season.
In other Nationwide Series new that broke on Friday, Richard Childress Racing announced that Dakoda Armstrong will compete in five races for the team in 2013. The 21-year old will drive the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro at Auto Club Speedway on March 23. His other races will be in the No. 21 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25, Chicagoland Speedway on July 21 and Kentucky Speedway on September 21. One other race is still to be determined.
"I'm really looking forward to driving for a proven winner such as Richard Childress Racing," Armstrong said. "We feel NASCAR's American Ethanol partnership through RCR and my family's extensive farming background makes a great fit. We are excited to show how a fourth generation farmer can activate a great marketing strategy to the agricultural industry to help grow their business."
Armstrong's only career Nationwide start came in the season finale last year driving the No. 30 for Turner Motorsports. He started 19th and finished three laps down in 25th. He has 22 career Truck Series starts over the past two seasons with two top 10 finishes. In addition to racing the five events with RCR Armstrong will run the full Truck Series slate for Turn One Racing which is owned by Stacey Compton
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