Nelson Piquet NNS Preview: Richmond International Raceway

Welcome to Richmond…Nelson Piquet Jr. will be making his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night, having only previously raced at the 0.75-mile short track in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race last fall where he finished 17th.  


This Week’s Camaro…The No. 30 Delavaco team will have chassis TSM-335 for this Friday’s race at Richmond International Raceway. TSM-335 was previously used at Phoenix International Raceway and Bristol Motor Speedway.


Texas Recap….Making his first career NNS start at Texas Motor Speedway two weeks ago, Nelson Piquet Jr. looked to gain momentum in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 before heading into the off-weekend. Piquet Jr. and his No. 30 WORX Yard Tools team started the weekend by qualifying 19th at the 1.5-mile oval. Piquet Jr. was able to drive his WORX Yard Tools Chevrolet Camaro to an 18th-place finish.  


X Games Recap…This past weekend, Piquet Jr. went to Brazil to participate in the Global RallyCross race at X Games Foz do Iguacu. The Brasilia, Brazil native finished 11th overall in the event. The experience racing in Global RallyCross was fantastic and I really got into the series,” said Piquet Jr. “ESPN puts on an incredible show. If I have an opportunity to race the next X Games event in Barcelona, I’ll do it.  Otherwise, I’ll be competing again when the season moves to the U.S.”


Welcome Delavaco…For the first time this year, Piquet Jr. will display the No. 30 Delavaco colors on Friday Night at Richmond International Raceway. The Delavaco Group (“Delavaco”) is a private equity and merchant banking firm focused on investments in the real estate, retail, and resources sectors. Delavaco’s objective is to combine access to capital, industry expertise, and extensive capital markets experience to create significant value in its investment portfolio.  Delavaco is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with an additional office in Toronto, Ontario.


Watch and Listen…The ToyotaCare 250 can be seen live on Friday, April 26 on ESPNEWS.  Race coverage will begin at 7:00 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.


Crew Chief Chris Carrier on Richmond:

“Richmond is a short track with long straightaways. It has two grooves that make for some great side-by-side racing.  Richmond reminds me of a 0.75 mile Fontana. It takes a good motor, down force and grip to make a good lap around that place. I love running under the lights at Richmond and am looking forward to a great weekend. ” 


Nelson Piquet Jr. on his return to Richmond:

“I am looking forward to returning to Richmond and the Nationwide Series this weekend. This will be the first time I have been in a Nationwide Series car at this track. I am looking forward to practice on Thursday so I can get some laps under my belt. Chris Carrier and the guys at Turner Scott Motorsports have worked hard to get my Delavaco Camaro ready to race. I hope we can go into Richmond and contend for a good finish.”