Nicolas Lapierre has been a quick racer since the age of nine, at which age he began Karting. By 17, he was racing in the Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup Series in the 2002 season. Lapierre ended the season with two pole positions and a win amongst six podium finishes. He ended the season at third place. In the same year, Lapierre participated in the French Formula Three, in which he participated in two races.
In 2003, Lapierre moved into Formula 3 Euro Series, where he joined the Signature team. Soon enough, he displayed his talent by clinching the title in the Macau Formula Three GP. At 19, Lapierre was the youngest winner of the Macau race. He remained in the F3 Euro Series till 2004, accumulating seven podiums and three poles.
In 2005 and the next year as well, Lapierre raced in GP2, but this time with Arden. In 2006, Lapierre was fourth in the championship, till he met with an accident in the Monaco round, which ruined his chances of winning the championship title.
After joining the A1 Team France, Lapierre won six races in the inaugural A1 GP season itself and even went on to win the World Cup of Motorsport for his country as well.