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Harvick hires Nelson Piquet Jr.

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KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (AP)

Former Formula One driver Nelson Piquet Jr. will drive in the Trucks Series for Kevin Harvick Inc. next season.

The Brazilian drove five races this last season for two different Trucks Series teams. His best finish was sixth at Daytona.

Piquet drove for Renault in Formula 1 in 2008 and part of 2009, and later admitted he crashed on team orders in a 2008 race at Singapore to help his teammate win.

Renault officials accused Piquet and his father of making up the claims. But last week, Piquet won a libel lawsuit against the race team.

Piquet says the timing of the announcement with Harvick and the conclusion of his libel suit is coincidental.

KHI plans to field three trucks next season. The team did not announce Piquet's crew chief, truck number or sponsor on Monday.

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