Nick Percat started racing karts at the age of seven. He progressed into car racing in 2005, at the age of 16, competing in Formula Ford in South Australia. In 2006, Nick raced Aussie Racing cars, his first attempt at racing in front of the Supercar teams. In his rookie year, Nick claimed six race wins and second in the championship – the highest placing of any rookie. In October 2006, Nick was approached by Tom Walkinshaw and placed on a contract with the iconic Holden Racing team. Nick was supported by Walkinshaw Racing throughout 2007–2014. During this time, Nick progressed through Formula Ford in 2007–2009, winning the Australian championship in 2009 and re-writing many records along the way.
2010 Nick made his debut into Supercar racing, competing for Jay Motorsport. During his rookie year he scored seven podiums and was promoted to a factory run Walkinshaw racing car for 2011, supported by Coates Hire.
In May 2011, the Holden Racing team announced Nick would be partnering Garth Tander for the endurance races at Phillip Island and Bathurst. Nick was a rookie to Bathurst in Supercars. In the 2011 Bathurst 1000, Nick became the first rookie in 23 years to win the largest motor race in Australia. It was also the closest finish in the history of the race.