Nelson Piquet Jr., who scored both his and SH Rallycross/DRR’s first Red Bull Global Rallycross victory last year at Washington, D.C., will make at least a one-off return for next weekend’s race at D.C.’s RFK Stadium (Saturday, July 30, 2 p.m. ET, NBC).
The team’s release is below:
SH Rallycross/DRR announced today that Nelson Piquet Jr. will return to the team to defend his Washington D. C. Red Bull Global Rallycross win.
Piquet Jr., who drove for the team in 2014 and 2015, finishing fourth in the championship both years, claimed his first and the team’s first victory last year in Washington D.C. He will pilot the No. 07 MET-Rx – SH Rallycross/DRR Ford Fiesta ST machine in his bid to repeat as the Washington D. C. winner.
Commenting on the announcements, SH Racing Rallycross/DRR team owner James “Sulli” Sullivan said, “Last year Nelson did a fantastic job bringing us our first GRC win. The opportunity arose for him to race with us again for the Washington D.C. event, so we felt it only fitting that we put him back behind the wheel and see if he can make magic again.”
“I’ve missed competing in Red Bull GRC with SH Rallycross/DRR,” said Piquet Jr. “I had such a great couple of seasons with the team and I love rallycross. Sulli and I are friends and have kept in touch. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to race again with the team that helped me get my first GRC victory.
Piquet Jr. has made 26 RBGRC starts. He drove four races in 2013 before joining SH Rallycross in 2014. In 22 starts with SH Rallycross, Piquet Jr. has earned 11 top-five finishes, including eight podium performances and the win in Washington D. C.. In addition, Piquet Jr. has piloted the SH Rallycross entry to 16 heat race wins and a bronze medal at the 2014 X GAMES Austin, earning SH Rallycross its first podium finish in only its third RBGRC event.
In addition to RBGRC, Piquet Jr. currently competes in the FIA Formula E Championship and, in 2015, he became the first Formula E world champion. Piquet Jr. has also contested races in Formula 1, GP2, Formula 3, NASCAR Trucks, Nationwide and Sprint Cup and Indy Lights.
SH Rallycross/DRR is in its fourth season of Red Bull Global Rallycross competition and third full season (ran the X Games Los Angeles in 2013). The team has finished fourth in the championship standings the last two seasons. In 2015, the team had its best season with four podium performances, including the win in Washington D. C. SH Rallycross was the only Red Bull Global Rallycross SuperCar team to make every main (final) event in 2015.