Former F1 driver Nelson Piquet Jr has broken through to win his first race in the world of Nascar.
The now 26-year-old Brazilian switched to the American realm’s secondary Truck and Nationwide classes after leaving formula one in the wake of the ‘crashgate’ scandal. Although not in the premier Sprint Cup category, Piquet has contested Nascar races since 2010 but only broke through for his first win on Saturday from pole position in the Nationwide event at Road America.
“I think the best thing that could come out of this was to show team owners and bosses that I’m capable of doing it, if I just get the right car and the right team,” said Piquet, whose father is the F1 triple world champion.
Also in the race was 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, who collided with Danica Patrick whilst battling for fourth position on the last lap.