Life in the e-fast lane! Electric car racing giant Nelson Piquet Jr. joins Vince and Gersh on BPR

E grade: Speedsters like this green car will hit the track when the Formula E electric car race comes to Red Hook next July.
Photo by Paul Martinka

He’s fast, handsome, … and single!

Formula E racing legend Nelson Piquet Jr. told Daily News columnist Gersh Kuntzman and Brooklyn Paper editor-in-chief Vince DiMiceli that he certainly won’t take the checkered flag at this weekend’s Red Hook race, but he certainly will be available to any pretty Brooklyn girls who might want to console him after his loss.

“Pretty, single women should come see the race,” he said, becoming the first BPR guest to offer himself to the right person. “We can have dinner Sunday night.”

That’s because the speed racer is booked solid on Saturday and Sunday when he and other drivers will turn Red Hook into an electrified Le Mans, speeding through a newly created Grand Prix track in battery powered cars that can travel more than 100 miles per hour.

“We’re going to turn Brooklyn into Monaco for a day,” he said.

But that’s not the only time the 31-year old feels the need for speed.

He told Gersh and Vince that he also enjoys jumping out of planes in his spare time, having just learned to sky dive, and that he’s also into skiing and Champagne.

On the ball: Former Brooklyn Paper editor Gersh Kuntzman caught a foul pop — really — while visiting Dodger Stadium with his son Ben, and kept it for himself. Please note, the die-hard Met fan is wearing a Dodger uniform simply out of respect for the national ethos to root (root root) for the home team.
Photo by Allen Salkin

And just because he’s not going to win (“I’ll be honest, we may place fourth or fifth,” he said), doesn’t mean fans won’t have a great time during the two-day event.

On race days — Saturday and Sunday — fans get a full dose of the e-racing experience, with warm-up runs, qualifying races and then the big showdown both days. There’s also an “e-village,” where you can learn more about the sport.

“And there’s also food,” the Brazilian heartthrob added before going off on a Gersh-inspired tangent about the superior quality of steakhouses in his native land versus what we are served here in the Big Apple. He also reminded listeners that tickets are available “by Googling ‘Formula-E,’ ” which we have done for you by clicking here.

Also on the show, Gersh and Vince regaled listeners with stories from their vacations — Gersh’s in Los Angeles and Vince’s on Cape Cod.

Vince’s tale of relaxation included a flooded vacation home and a broken television. Gersh mentioned that he caught a ball at Dodger Stadium — the first time he’d ever done that in 40 years of going to baseball games.

“It was the greatest moment of my life … for about four seconds,” the Dean of the Brooklyn Cyclones press corps said.

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Up close and personal: Racecar driver Nelson Piquet Jr. in the BPR studio before the big race.
Photo by Gersh Kuntzman

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