Nelson Piquet Jr. to make shock GRC return in Washington DC


Nelson Piquet Jr. will make a surprise return to Red Bull Global Rallycross on July 30 when he will get back behind the wheel of SH Rallycross/DRR‘s #07 Olsbergs-built Ford Fiesta.

The Brazilian, who told The Checkered Flag earlier this year that clashes with Formula E and WEC were the reason behind his Red Bull GRC exit, will race at the RFK Stadium in Washington DC, the site of his first and so far only rallycross victory almost one year ago.

“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.”

“Last year Nelson did a fantastic job bringing us our first GRC win,” added SH Racing Rallycross/DRR team owner James “Sulli” Sullivan. “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.”

The reasons behind Jeff Ward‘s absence for the event are unknown and it is also yet to be announced whether he will return for August’s event in Atlantic City.

Nelson Piquet Jr. won in Washington DC in 2015 - Credit: Dominik Wilde/Red Bull GRC
Nelson Piquet Jr. won in Washington DC in 2015 – Credit: Dominik Wilde/Red Bull GRC/GoPro