8 Oct 2009

Piquet eyes move to NASCAR after F1 race-fix saga

8:30 am on 8 October 2009

The Brazilian racing driver Nelson Piquet is eyeing a move to NASCAR's pickup truck series after his stint in Formula One was tainted by a race-fixing controversy with Renault.

Piquet says he and compatriot Vitor Meira will test a NASCAR Camping World truck series Toyota Tundra for Red Horse Racing at Rockingham Speedway in North Carolina next Monday.

He triggered one of Formula One's biggest scandals after being dropped by Renault in July when he confessed to the governing body that he'd been told to crash deliberately at last year's Singapore Grand Prix.

The Brazilian said he had done so to help his Spanish team-mate Fernando Alonso, who was cleared of any involvement in the conspiracy, to win the race.