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Miguel Paludo (born July 26, 1983 in Nova Prata, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) is a Brazilian professional racing driver. A Five-time champion in Porsche GT3 Cup Brasil competition, he formerly competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Miguel Paludo
Miguel Paludo at TMS.jpg
Paludo in 2012
Born (1983-07-26) July 26, 1983 (age 36)
Nova Prata, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Achievements2008, 2009, 2016, 2017 Porsche GT3 Cup Brasil Champion
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
2 races run over 1 year
2012 position125th
Best finish125th (2012)
First race2012 Sargento 200 (Road America)
Last race2012 Zippo 200 (Watkins Glen)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
73 races run over 4 years
2013 position9th
Best finish9th (2013)
First race2010 O'Reilly 200 (Bristol)
Last race2013 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 25 1
Statistics current as of November 15, 2013.

Early careerEdit

Paludo began racing go karts at the age of 14, and in 2004, moved up to touring car racing in a regional Brazilian series, competing for his family-owned team with his brother Daniel.[1] He competed for several years in regional and national series in Brazil, most successfully in the Porsche GT3 Cup Brasil, where he won back-to-back series championships in 2008 and 2009.[1][2]

NASCAR careerEdit

 
Paludo's 2012 truck

Paludo began his NASCAR career in 2010, competing in the K&N Pro Series East in a car fielded by Hattori Racing Enterprises. He finished fifteenth in the series standings that year, with a best finish of fourth.[1] He also made his debut in the Camping World Truck Series, competing for Germain Racing and Red Horse Racing in four races.[1] He finished ninth in his first race in the series, at Bristol Motor Speedway, widely regarded as a difficult track for rookie drivers.[3]

In 2011, he ran full-time in the Camping World Truck Series for Red Horse Racing, with a best finish of third;[3] he ended the season finishing seventeenth in the points standings and fourth in the series' Rookie-of-the-Year competition.[4]

Following the end of the 2011 season, Paludo left Red Horse Racing to drive for Turner Scott Motorsports in the No. 32 truck with teammates James Buescher and countryman Nelson Piquet, Jr..[4] Paludo started off the season with a pole in the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway, where he was the first Brazilian to win a pole in one of NASCAR's top-three series, and alongside Piquet Jr., comprised the first all-Brazilian front row in the history of NASCAR. Paludo's best finish of the season (fifth) came in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and he ultimately finished 10th in the NCWTS driver point standings, his best points position to date. Additionally, Paludo ran two NASCAR Nationwide Series races in 2012, competing at Road America and Watkins Glen International,[5] in the latter of which he earned his best NNS finish of 13th.

In 2013, Paludo returned to the No. 32 Chevrolet Silverado with Turner Scott Motorsports for another complete NCWTS season.[6] At Talladega Superspeedway in October, Paludo was involved in a spectacular last-lap accident, his truck being flipped in the trioval.[7]

Following the 2013 season, Paludo was released by Turner Scott Motorsports, due to a lack of sponsorship.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

 
Paludo's No. 32 Unite for Diabetes/Duroline Chevrolet paint scheme at Texas Motor Speedway

Born in Nova Prata in the state of Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil,[1] Paludo currently resides in Mooresville, North Carolina.[9] He is married, and has one son, Oliver, with his wife Patricia.[3]

Diabetes advocacyEdit

Paludo was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2004 at the age of 21 and has since become an advocate of diabetes awareness and care. In addition to a long-standing relationship with the American Diabetes Association, Paludo announced in 2012 that he would become the next Blue Circle Champion for the International Diabetes Federation, a worldwide alliance of some 200 diabetes associations in more than 160 countries. Paludo is the first representative of the organization from South America.[10]

Paludo and his wife Patricia also learned in 2012 that their son Oliver, at the time only eight months old, was also a type 1 diabetic. In response to the news, Paludo ran a special No. 32 Unite for Diabetes/Duroline paint scheme in the June 2012 NCWTS race at Texas Motor Speedway. The scheme featured the blue circle, which is the international symbol for diabetes, and an image of Paludo and his son on the truck's tonneau cover. In November of that year, Paludo ran a World Diabetes Day paint scheme at both Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway.[10]

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Nationwide SeriesEdit

NASCAR Nationwide Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NNSC Pts
2012 Turner Motorsports 32 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX RCH TAL DAR IOW CLT DOV MCH ROA
29
KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW 125th1 01
30 GLN
13
CGV BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCWTC Pts
2010 Germain Racing 77 Toyota DAY ATL MAR NSH KAN DOV CLT TEX MCH IOW GTY IRP POC NSH DAR BRI
9
CHI KEN
20
NHA LVS MAR TAL 53rd 443
Red Horse Racing 11 Toyota TEX
33
PHO HOM
9
2011 7 DAY
4
PHO
25
DAR
27
MAR
12
NSH
27
DOV
28
CLT
35
KAN
13
TEX
8
KEN
21
IOW
15
NSH
14
IRP
4
POC
19
MCH
3
BRI
31
ATL
22
CHI
8
NHA
10
KEN
25
LVS
27
TAL
18
MAR
16
TEX
9
HOM
31
17th 651
2012 Turner Motorsports 32 Chevy DAY
30*
MAR
17
CAR
15
KAN
10
CLT
14
DOV
12
TEX
14
KEN
12
IOW
13
CHI
17
POC
13
MCH
10
BRI
16
ATL
16
IOW
10
KEN
8
LVS
11
TAL
19
MAR
15
TEX
14
PHO
14
HOM
5
10th 668
2013 Turner Scott Motorsports DAY
7
MAR
17
CAR
10
KAN
31
CLT
7
DOV
18
TEX
10
KEN
7
IOW
7
ELD
21
POC
2
MCH
5
BRI
13
MSP
3
IOW
14
CHI
12
LVS
3
TAL
19
MAR
21
TEX
8
PHO
31
HOM
11
9th 697

K&N Pro Series EastEdit

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 NKNPSEC Pts
2010 Hattori Racing Enterprises 77 Toyota GRE SBO
12
IOW
13
MAR
29
NHA
30
LRP
9
LEE
11
GRE
18
NHA
4
DOV
14
15th 1058

* Season still in progress
1 not eligible for series points

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ARSC Pts
2010 Hattori Racing Enterprises 17 Toyota DAY PBE SLM TEX TAL TOL POC MCH IOW MFD POC BLN NJE ISF CHI DSF TOL SLM KAN
18
CAR 107th 140
2011 Venturini Motorsports 28 Toyota DAY
13
TAL SLM TOL NJE CHI POC MCH WIN BLN IOW IRP POC ISF MAD DSF SLM KAN TOL 109th 165

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ImagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Biography". Miguel Paludo official site. Retrieved 2012-01-13.
  2. ^ "Brazil's Miguel Paludo Debut Set For Bristol". SPEED Channel. Fox Sports. August 17, 2010. Archived from the original on August 17, 2010. Retrieved 2012-01-13. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ a b c Turner, Jared (August 23, 2011). "Paludo Progressing, Pumped For Bristol Return". SPEED Channel. Fox Sports. Archived from the original on February 2, 2013. Retrieved 2012-01-13. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ a b Pockrass, Bob (November 29, 2011). "Turner Motorsports adds Brazilians Nelson Piquet Jr., Miguel Paludo to 2012 truck lineup". SceneDaily.com. The Sporting News. Retrieved 2012-01-13.
  5. ^ Pistone, Pete (May 31, 2012). "Miguel Paludo and Nelson Piquet Jr. join Turner Road America Nationwide plan". Eye on NASCAR. CBS Sports. Retrieved 2012-05-31.
  6. ^ "NASCAR Trucks driver Miguel Paludo returning to Turner Motorsports in 2013".
  7. ^ Ryan, Nate (October 19, 2013). "Justin Lofton taken to hospital after Truck crash at Talladega". USA Today. McLean, VA. Retrieved 2013-10-19.
  8. ^ Crandall, Kelly (January 31, 2014). "Paludo: 'It's Hard to Believe I'm Not Racing This Year'". PopularSpeed. Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  9. ^ Silva, Fernando (December 27, 2011). "Stop & Go: Miguel Paludo". Grande Prêmio. iG Esporte. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
  10. ^ a b "Miguel Paludo Partners With International Diabetes Federation". Turner Motorsports. May 30, 2012. Archived from the original on March 19, 2014. Retrieved 2012-06-11. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ricardo Baptista
Porsche GT3 Cup Brazil Champion
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Ricardo Rosset