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Nelson Piquet Jr. to return to NASCAR Xfinity Series at Mid-Ohio

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Former Formula 1 driver and inaugural FIA Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr. will return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series next month at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Piquet raced in NASCAR between 2010 and 2014, winning four races across the Nationwide and Camping World Truck series before turning his attention to Formula E.

Piquet won the first Formula E title last year with NextEV TCR, but could only finish 15th in season two which came to a close last weekend in London.

Announced on Friday, Piquet confirmed that he would be returning to the Xfinity Series – previously known as Nationwide – with Biagi DenBeste Racing for the Mid-Ohio 200 next month.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be racing in Mid-Ohio next month. NASCAR has been a huge part of my career and it is one of the best championships I’ve ever raced in,” Piquet said.

“My first top tier NASCAR victory was at a road course, at Road America, and so I’m grateful to Biagi-DenBeste for giving me another road course opportunity.

“The Xfinity series is seriously competitive so I’m looking forward to getting there and seeing what we can do.”

Piquet has proven himself to be adept in a number of racing categories, having also entered Global Rallycross and FIA World Endurance Championship events over the past two years.

Piquet also tried to race in the FIA European F3 Championship round at Pau in May, only for the FIA to block the move, believing his entry to be against the spirit of a junior series.

Dutch Grand Prix becomes fourth Formula 1 race canceled this season

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ZANDVOORT, Netherlands — The Dutch Grand Prix became the fourth Formula One race canceled this season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, after organizers decided Thursday they didn’t want to play host to an event without spectators.

It was to be the first Dutch GP since 1985, but F1 wants to start the season with no spectators at races.

“We would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands,” race director Jan Lammers said in a statement. “We ask everyone to be patient. I had to look forward to it for 35 years, so I can wait another year.”

The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed. Fans who bought tickets can use them next year.

The coastal circuit has been redesigned, with some corners banked to facilitate faster racing.

The other races canceled this year were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28.

Another six have been postponed.

F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15 to 18 races this season, starting in July with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP.