Piquet To Make First Sprint Cup Start At WGI

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Nelson Piquet Jr. will make his return to NASCAR next month at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. (NASCAR photo)
Nelson Piquet Jr., pictured at Road America in 2013, will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut Sunday at Road America. (NASCAR photo)
Nelson Piquet Jr., pictured at Road America in 2013, will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut Sunday at Road America. (NASCAR photo)

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Nelson Piquet Jr. will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut on Sunday at Watkins Glen Int’l, after Piquet’s name was listed as the driver of the No. 77 Worx Ford in Monday’s entry list.

Piquet, the 29-year-old son of three-time Formula One World Champion Nelson Piquet Sr., hasn’t made a NASCAR start this season. Piquet raced full-time in the Nationwide Series for Turner Scott Motorsports last year, and won at Road America with the team in 2012. He joined the NASCAR ranks in 2010 after spending 2008 and 2009 as a member of Renault’s F-1 team.

NASCAR veteran Dave Blaney regularly drives the No. 77 car, but Humphrey Racing team owner Randy Humphrey will have Piquet behind the wheel on Sunday.

Piquet moved to the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship this season. He’s the series point leader.

Forty-three cars are entered at Watkins Glen, so unless a team makes a late addition, Piquet is locked into Sunday’s field.