Piquet Jr. Earns a Hard Fought 17th-Place Finish at Chicagoland Speedway
JOLIET, III. (July 22, 2013) - Making his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday afternoon, Nelson Piquet Jr. and his No. 30 WORX Yard Tools team looked to get comfortable and gain laps in the STP 300. Piquet Jr. started the weekend by qualifying the No. 30 WORX Yard Tools Chevrolet Camaro 21st at the 1.5-mile oval. After battling a vibration and undergoing an unscheduled green-flag pit stop during the middle portion of the race, Piquet Jr. and his Turner Scott Motorsports team earned a hard fought 17th-place finish.
Following the drop of the green flag, a quick caution came out on lap 2 for fluid on the frontstretch. Once the field restarted, Piquet Jr. quickly worked his way through traffic, finding himself in the 19th position after only 15 short laps. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender continued to hold on to a top-20 position until the second caution of the day came out on lap 49 for debris. Crew chief Chris Carrier called Piquet Jr. down pit road to change four tires, add fuel and make adjustments to the No. 30 WORX Yard Tools Camaro. After a quick pit stop by his Turner Scott Motorsports crew, Piquet Jr. restarted the 200-lap race from the 16th spot.
Two laps after the restart, Piquet Jr. reported to his WORX crew that he thought he could potentially have a loose wheel. Not taking any chances, Carrier brought the No. 30 down pit road for an unscheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 55 to change tires and add fuel. After the pit stop, the Brasilia, Brazil native was scored one lap down, in the 31st position.
Shortly after the restart, Piquet reported to his team that his car was way loose to start the run. After a long green-flag run, and a round of green-flag pit stops, Piquet Jr. found himself in the 20th position, two laps down, when the third caution of the day came out on lap 115 for a spin in Turn 1. After a lengthy discussion with the team, Carrier decided not to pit during the caution and Piquet Jr. restarted the race from the 18th position, one lap down.
Piquet Jr. again found himself in the 18th position, the first car one lap down, when the sixth and final caution of the day came out on lap 179 for a spin on the frontstretch. After receiving the free pass and gaining his lap back, Piquet Jr. restarted the race in the 17th spot at the tail end of the longest line. Piquet Jr. continued to battle throughout the final laps of the race and brought the WORX Yard Tools Camaro home with a hard-earned 17th-place finish.
"I would like to thank my guys at Turner Scott Motorsports for all the hard work they put into this No. 30 WORX Yard Tools Chevy this weekend," Piquet Jr. said. "We had some bad luck again this weekend towards the middle part of the race with the vibration in the right front of our car. We also battled a loose race car towards the end of the race that hurt us just a little bit. My team never gave up and we came home with another top-20 finish. I am looking forward to Indy next week and making my first start at the Brickyard."