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Piquet prepares for move to Turner

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Turner Motorsports has announced that Nelson Piquet Jr. will join the organization's NASCAR program in 2012.

Piquet will compete for the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship and will run a limited schedule in the Nationwide Series for the team.

Piquet is making his debut with the team in the Nationwide ranks this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The son of three-time Formula One World champion Nelson Piquet, the driver made his own F1 debut in 2008 before making the transition to NASCAR in 2010. The 26-year-old has 12 top-10 finishes, four of them top fives, in his rookie Truck season.

"I am excited to have the opportunity to come to Turner Motorsports in 2012," he said. "They are one of the top organizations in our sport and are proven winners. I know we will be in the hunt for the Camping World Truck Series championship and I will gain invaluable experience behind the wheel of the Nationwide Series car. I want to thank [team owner] Steve Turner and everyone at Turner Motorsports and I know 2012 will bring great things for me and my new team."

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