Nelson Piquet Jr. will race for the first time since splitting with the Renault Formula 1 team when he takes part in an all-star karting event next weekend, where he will race alongside Michael Schumacher. The 24-year-old Brazilian will compete in the Superkarts USA SuperNationals event in Las Vegas, racing in the 125cc gearbox kart class for Intrepid Kart Technology.
"I'm really excited about this race and am so happy that Intrepid invited me to drive for the team," said Piquet. "It came about after they supplied karts for the Monaco Kart Cup and, after that, I went to visit them at the factory in Italy, where they have a very impressive setup. Karting is one of my favorite types of racing and I'm so looking forward to driving one of the fastest karts around in this race."
Among Piquet's rivals at the event will be seven-time World Champion Schumacher, Indy 500 champion Buddy Rice and Toro Rosso F1 driver Sebastien Buemi.