Nelson Piquet Jr will make his NASCAR return on 13 August 2016, when he joins Biagi-DenBeste Racing to take on the Mid-Ohio 200 Xfinity Series road course race.
Piquet Jr was a regular on the NASCAR scene between 2010-2014, during which time he became the first Brazilian to visit Victory Lane in a top tier NASCAR category, when he won the Nationwide Series race at Road America in 2012. He collected a further four victories in the Truck and Nationwide Series and 30 top-ten finishes. His most recent NASCAR event was at the Watkins Glen Sprint Cup in August 2014. He last raced at Mid-Ohio in the Turner Motorsports Nationwide Series team in 2013, qualifying in fifth position.
Since his last NASCAR outing, Piquet Jr has been competing globally in the FIA Formula E Championship, the series in which he took the World Championship title in 2015. He has also competed in the World Endurance Championship, the highlight of which was a Winner in Class victory at the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours, and he has been a race winner in the Global Rally Championship.
Commenting on his NASCAR return, Piquet Jr said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be racing in Mid-Ohio next month. NASCAR has been a huge part of my career and it is one of the best championships I’ve ever raced in. My first top tier NASCAR victory was at a road course, at Road America, and so I’m grateful to Biagi-DenBeste for giving me another road course opportunity. The Xfinity series is seriously competitive so I’m looking forward to getting there and seeing what we can do.”
Biagi-DenBeste Racing is owned by Fred Biagi and Bill DenBeste, with Lori DenBeste serving as President. Though racing is their passion, their careers have been driven by 18 wheels instead of four. Fred Biagi owns Biagi Bros Transportation with his brother Greg in Napa, CA. They started in 1978 as a transportation company but have evolved over the years into full service transportation, warehousing and logistics company offering expert 3PL services to clients across North America. You can find out more www.biagibros.com