Nelson Piquet Jr. plans to complete a second NASCAR Truck Series test next year as he continues to ponder options for his career. The former Renault Formula 1 racer tested for Red Horse Racing in October and attended the NASCAR events at Phoenix in November, holding talks with several teams and series officials, while exploring new opportunities.
According to a report in USA Today, Piquet plans to take his NASCAR apprenticeship further with another test for the same squad, this time at the half-mile New Smyrna Speedway in Florida, on Jan. 13 and 14.
Speaking to AUTOSPORT last month at Phoenix, Piquet said if he decided to move to NASCAR, he would like to take the right approach and compete in lower series before trying his hand at a Sprint Cup Series car.
"Well, obviously, I don't want to jump any stages if I come to America, I want to do it properly," Piquet said. "I want to learn from the bottom. Coming from Formula 1 doesn't mean that I can come here and step into a Cup car. Obviously I don't think about that.
"I really want to start with my head down and build myself up because it's a completely different kind of racing. I want to arrive here in Cup because I earned it, not because I'm arriving from Formula 1."
The Brazilian stated at the time that he still was in talks with Force India to try to remain in Formula 1, but since then the team has announced it will retain Adrian Sutil and Tonio Liuzzi.
Piquet has also been linked to Campos Meta 1, but has admitted his chances of landing a seat there are slim.