Piquet To Make Sprint Cup Debut
August 5, 2014 | 3:51 P.M. EST
Nelson Piquet Jr. will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut this weekend at Watkins Glen International. (Photo: Getty Images)
Randy Humphrey Racing announces that Nelson Piquet Jr., the first Brazilian to win in two of NASCAR's top-three national series, will pilot the No. 77 WORX Yard Tools Ford Fusion for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International this weekend. The Cheez-It 355 at The Glen marks the 29-year-old's first attempt to race in NASCAR's premier series.
WORX Yard Tools is sponsoring the car, continuing its relationship with Piquet Jr. following his full-time campaign in the NASCAR Nationwide Series last season. For 2014, Piquet Jr. has been competing full-time for SH Racing Rallycross in the Red Bull Global Rallycross series, in which he leads the driver championship points standings by 46 points after five of 10 races.
Piquet Jr. earned a top-10 in his NNS debut at Watkins Glen International in 2010. The Brasilia, Brazil native and former Formula One racer later earned his first NNS pole and win at Road America in 2012; only his third start in that series. He made his NASCAR debut in the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season-opener at Daytona International Speedway, where he earned an impressive sixth-place finish. In 54 career NCWTS starts, Piquet Jr. tallied two wins, 15 top-five and 28 top-10 finishes. He was also honored as the 2012 NCWTS Most Popular Driver and Most Improved Driver.
"Ever since I made my NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at The Glen in 2010, I've wanted to do the same in a Sprint Cup car," Piquet Jr. said. "I've really enjoyed racing in other series this year, but I've missed being in the NASCAR garage. I'm very grateful to Randy Humphrey, Bray Pemberton and WORX Yard Tools for making this opportunity happen."
"Nelson Piquet Jr. is an extremely talented race car driver," said Humphrey. "It's been impressive to watch him race, not just in NASCAR, but in Formula One and Rallycross as well. He's excelled at all levels of racing and we're very excited about his Sprint Cup Series debut with RHR."
Randy Humphrey Racing makes its return to Sprint Cup competition after a complete restructuring of the organization. The team will now be led by veteran crew chief Steven Lane. RHR intends to run at a competitive level for a limited remaining schedule in 2014.