Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Nelson Piquet Jr Born in Heidelberg, Germany - July 25, 1985

July 25, 1985
Nelson Piquet Jr
Born in Heidelberg, Germany.
The son of three-time Formula One world champion Nelson Piquet, he was signed as test driver for Renault Formula One team for the 2007 season, and was promoted to the race team for 2008, before being dropped midway through the 2009 season. After losing his drive, it emerged that he had, under instruction from senior members of the team, crashed deliberately at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix to help his teammate, Fernando Alonso, win the race. The resulting scandal became one of the most significant in the sport's history.

After Formula One Piquet tried his hand at NASCAR between 2010 - 2014. On June 23, 2012, Piquet scored his first victory in NASCAR competition, winning the Nationwide Series Sargento 200 at Road America, becoming the first Brazilian driver to win a NASCAR national touring series event.

On August 18, 2012, Piquet won his first race in the Camping World Truck Series at Michigan. On lap 56 of the race he spun out racing Kurt Busch after a restart. The team pitted under the caution and it allowed them to use fuel strategy later in the race to obtain their first win of the season. On September 29, 2012, Piquet won his second career Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

He currently competes in Formula E where he was champion in the 2014-15, and also races a Rebellion R-One LMP1 in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

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