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KHI hires Piquet for Truck ride

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Kevin Harvick Inc. announced Monday that former Formula One driver Nelson Piquet Jr. will drive full time for the organization in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season.

"This is a very unique opportunity to have a driver like Nelson be a part of KHI," said KHI co-owner Kevin Harvick. "In five starts in the Truck series this season, he not only gained valuable seat time but proved himself by getting some solid finishes. We are excited to have Nelson as a part of our Truck series program as he takes another step forward in his career."

Piquet, 25, says that he looks forward to adjusting to NASCAR and that working with a team of the caliber of KHI will be helpful. The organization has won a pair of Truck titles with Ron Hornaday, who will be Piquet's teammate.

"I am very excited to join KHI and to drive in the Truck series," Piquet said. "I look forward to combining what I have learned this year from running five races in the series with the professionalism and experience of the KHI organization."

Piquet made his series debut in this season's Truck season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Piquet finished sixth in the event and went on to compete in four additional races in the series. He also made his Nationwide Series debut at Watkins Glen International in August, where he qualified 10th and finished seventh.