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Bienvenidos, Nelson: Piquet Jr. to drive Turner Motorsports Nationwide Chevy in Homestead

Nelson Piquet Jr.
Nelson Piquet Jr.

Nelson Piquet Jr. will drive Turner Motorsports' No. 30 Chevrolet in this weekend's Ford 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the team announced Wednesday.

Piquet, the son of former Formula One champion Nelson Piquet, currently drives in the Camping World Truck Series for Kevin Harvick Inc. He finished seventh in his lone Nationwide start, at Watkins Glen earlier this season for the Mike Curb-owned team.

In support of NASCAR's "Bienvenidos a NASCAR" program, Piquet Jr.'s No. 30 Chevrolet will sport a special program decal this weekend. In addition to decals on entries in all three of NASCAR's top series, the program will provide bilingual brand ambassadors, virtual garage tours and guidebooks of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage.

There will be a Spanish language broadcast available via scanner (via ESPN Deportes), as well as "Bienvenidos a NASCAR" ticket packages though Homestead-Miami Speedway and a Chino y Nacho pre-race concert on Sunday.

"I am really excited to have the opportunity to get in the Nationwide car for Turner Motorsports this weekend," Piquet Jr. said. "I have never done double duty before, so I am really looking forward to it. It is going to be a lot of seat time, more then I have ever done before in one weekend.

"I want to thank Steve Turner for giving me the opportunity to get in one of his cars, and I am looking forward to bringing home a solid finish in the No. 30 machine."