Stock Car Brasil

Stock Car Brasil, also known as Stock Car V8, is a touring car auto racing series based in Brazil. It is considered the major South American motorsports series.

Stock Car Brasil
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CategoryTouring cars
Inaugural season1979
Drivers28 (2020)
Teams13 (2020)
Tyre suppliersPirelli
Drivers' championRicardo Maurício
Teams' championEurofarma RC
Motorsport current event.svg Current season
Stock Car Brazil, 2006.



The series was created in 1979 to be an alternative to the former Division 1 championship that competed with Chevrolet Opala and Ford Maverick. The dominance of Chevrolet over Ford models was causing a lack of public interest and sponsors. General Motors then created a new category, with a name reminiscent of the famous NASCAR with standardized performance and improvements for all the competitors. The first race was run on 22 April 1979 at the Autódromo Internacional de Tarumã, Rio Grande do Sul with 19 cars competing, all of them 6-cylinder Chevrolet Opalas. The pole position was held by José Carlos Palhares, and the race was won by Affonso Giaffone.


Chevrolet Opala 1987–1989

This decade saw the emergence of several rivalries between drivers. In 1982 two races were held for the first time at the Autodromo do Estoril, Portugal.

The first major change in the Stock Car standard occurred in 1987. With the support of General Motors, a fairing designed and built by coachbuilder Caio was adopted, which was adapted to the Opala's chassis. The car exhibited improved aerodynamics and performance. Safety equipment become more sophisticated.


Chevrolet Opala 1990–1993
Chevrolet Omega 1994–1999.

In 1990 General Motors renewed its interest in the category and built a prototype intended to replace the Caio/Hidroplas model.

In 1991 new rules were established and the races were disputed in double rounds on the weekends, with two drivers per car, but the series continued to lose ground with the public, sponsors and television networks to other championships with many manufacturers involved, such as Campeonato Brasileiro de Marcas e Pilotos that included the involvement of Chevrolet, Fiat, Ford and Volkswagen, as well as the always popular Formula racing championships.

In 1994 the championship returned to the old rules and Chevrolet announced that the Chevrolet Omega would be introduced as the new standard model. As part of a marketing strategy and in order to reduce costs, the tickets were free and the races were now held in double rounds sponsored by Brazilian Formula Chevrolet in an event called Chevrolet Challenger. This decade marked a dominant era for Ingo Hoffmann with eight titles, three in partnership with Ângelo Giombell. His only serious challenges came from Paulo Gomes in 1995 and Chico Serra in 1999.


Stock Car in 2007. Chassis used in 2000 until 2008.
JL G-09 Chevrolet 2009–2011

From 2000 on, General Motors departed the series and Vicar Promoções Desportivas, owned by former racing driver Carlos Col, took over the organization. This ushered in a period of modernization and improved security as the category started to use a tubular chassis designated JL G-09. The project engineer was Edgardo Fernandez, who did something similar for the Argentina category Top Race V6, inspired by both NASCAR and the DTM. The chassis was built by Zeca Giaffone's JL Racing.

In 2003 the category replaced the Chevrolet 6-cylinder engine used with modifications since 1979 with a Chevrolet V8 imported from the United States by JL Racing, similar to the engines used by the NASCAR Busch Series. General Motors participated in the series with the Vectra.

In 2005 Mitsubishi entered the series with the Mitsubishi Lancer. 30 October of that same year marked the first race held in Argentina at Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez, alongside the TC 2000 category. Attendance was 70,000. Giuliano Losacco was the winner, with Mateus Greipel second and Luciano Burti coming in third.

In 2006, Volkswagen entered in the series with the Bora and the championship adopted a point system similar to the one used in NASCAR, as well as a new system with 16 teams and 32 drivers. At the end of the season, the 10 best drivers were automatically qualified to run the 4 final races, called Super Final, similar to the Chase for the Sprint Cup. In 2007, the category gained another manufacturer with the entrance of Peugeot with its 307 Sedan. Volkswagen announced it was withdrawing from the category in 2008, with two-time champion Mitsubishi doing the same one year later.


Alceu Feldmann on Campo Grande Speedway with the Chevrolet Vectra, in 2011.
Luciano Burti on Campo Grande Speedway with the Peugeot 408, in 2011.

For 2010 the category started using ethanol as fuel and engines with electronic injection.

In 2011, Peugeot re-entered the championship announced with the 408 sedan model, replacing the 307. In 2012, Chevrolet introduced the Chevrolet Sonic as its competing model. The category announced changes for 2012 season, dropping the Super Final system. The scoring system was also changed, with the top twenty drivers in each race being awarded points. For the 2016 season, General Motors announced the Chevrolet Cruze as the replacement for the Sonic. In 2017, Peugeot announced its retirement from the competition leaving Chevrolet as the lone automaker to compete in the series in which all drivers used identical Cruze models, making it a one-make style championship in South American stock car racing. Then, in 2020, Toyota Gazoo Racing entered alongside Chevrolet, fielding a regulation version of their Toyota Corolla.

Support racesEdit

Created in 1992, the Brazilian Formula Chevrolet was the Series' main support category. It used the same chassis as Formula Opel until 1994, subsequently switching to a Techspeed chassis until 2002, which was the same year the category was retired.

The Stock Car Light second tier was created in 1993, and reformulated in 2008 to become the Copa Vicar. After a merger with Pick-up Racing Brasil, the Copa Chevrolet Montana was established and standardized around the Chevrolet Montana model. Pick-up Racing Brasil was a category created in 2001 but only became part of the Stock Car Brasil programme until 2006.

The Stock Car Jr. third tier was created in 2006. It was intended for young and amateur drivers moving from Kart racing. In 2010 the category was replaced with the Mini Challenge Brasil. After three seasons it was cancelled.

Manufacturer representationEdit

Make 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Chevrolet Opala Caio/Hidroplas Opala Prototype Omega Vectra Astra Vectra Sonic Cruze
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Peugeot 307 408
Volkswagen Bora
Toyota Corolla

Scoring systemsEdit

Points Position
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th
1st Heat 30 24 22 19 17 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2nd Heat 24 20 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Last Round 60 52 44 38 34 30 28 26 24 22 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2

Speed recordsEdit

Bueno after running on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Year Driver Car Local Speed
1991 Fábio Sotto Mayor Chevrolet Opala Rodovia Rio-Santos 303 km/h / 188 mph
2010 Cacá Bueno Chevrolet Vectra JL G-09 Bonneville Salt Flats[1] 345 km/h / 214 mph


Notable driversEdit

Ingo Hoffmann, 12-time champion.
  • Affonso Giaffone Filho (1979–1980s) – The winner of the first race in 1979, and the champion of the 1981 season. The father of Affonso Giaffone, a former IndyCar Series driver.
  • Paulo Gomes (1979–2003/2007) – The winner of the first season in 1979, also 4-time champion.
  • Chico Serra (1999–2009) – 3-time champion (1999, 2000 and 2001)
  • Ingo Hoffmann (1979–2008) – 12-time champion (1980, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2002) and the driver with the most series wins overall. He competed from 1979 to 2008.
  • Cacá Bueno (2002–) – 5-time Champion: (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012). Runner-up: 2003, 2004 and 2005. He is the son of the sports commentator Galvão Bueno.

Former Formula One driversEdit

Currently in the series
Formerly in the series


All champions are Brazilian-registered.

Season Driver Car Team
1979 Paulo Gomes Chevrolet Opala Coca-Cola Polwax
1980 Ingo Hoffmann Chevrolet Opala Johnson
1981 Affonso Giaffone Filho Chevrolet Opala Giaffone Motorsport
1982 Alencar Jr. Chevrolet Opala Jobi
1983 Paulo Gomes Chevrolet Opala Coca-Cola Polwax
1984 Paulo Gomes Chevrolet Opala Metalpó
1985 Ingo Hoffmann Chevrolet Opala Irmãos Giustino
1986 Marcos Gracia Chevrolet Opala Havoline-Texaco
1987 Zeca Giaffone Chevrolet Opala Refricentro/Blindex/Losacco
1988 Fábio Sotto Mayor Chevrolet Opala HG Rodão
1989 Ingo Hoffmann Chevrolet Opala Teba/Cofap
1990 Ingo Hoffmann Chevrolet Opala Teba/Arteb
1991 Ingo Hoffmann
Ângelo Giombelli
Chevrolet Opala Teba/Arteb
1992 Ingo Hoffmann
Ângelo Giombelli
Chevrolet Opala Castrol/Giombelli
1993 Ingo Hoffmann
Ângelo Giombelli
Chevrolet Opala Castrol/Giombelli
1994 Ingo Hoffmann Chevrolet Omega Castrol
1995 Paulo Gomes Chevrolet Omega Freio Vargas/JF
1996 Ingo Hoffmann Chevrolet Omega Castrol/Action Power
1997 Ingo Hoffmann Chevrolet Omega Castrol/Action Power
1998 Ingo Hoffmann Chevrolet Omega Castrol/Action Power
1999 Chico Serra Chevrolet Omega Havoline-Texaco
2000 Chico Serra Chevrolet Vectra Havoline-Texaco
2001 Chico Serra Chevrolet Vectra Havoline-Texaco
2002 Ingo Hoffmann Chevrolet Vectra Filipaper/JF
2003 David Muffato Chevrolet Vectra Repsol-Boettger
2004 Giuliano Losacco Chevrolet Astra ItuPetro RC
2005 Giuliano Losacco Chevrolet Astra Medley-A.Mattheis
2006 Cacá Bueno Mitsubishi Lancer Eurofarma RC
2007 Cacá Bueno Mitsubishi Lancer Eurofarma RC
2008 Ricardo Maurício Peugeot 307 Medley-WA Mattheis
2009 Cacá Bueno Peugeot 307 Red Bull Racing
2010 Max Wilson Chevrolet Vectra Eurofarma RC
2011 Cacá Bueno Peugeot 408 Red Bull Racing
2012 Cacá Bueno Chevrolet Sonic Red Bull Racing
2013 Ricardo Maurício Chevrolet Sonic Eurofarma RC
2014 Rubens Barrichello Chevrolet Sonic Full Time Sports
2015 Marcos Gomes Peugeot 408 Voxx Racing
2016 Felipe Fraga Peugeot 408 Cimed Racing
2017 Daniel Serra Chevrolet Cruze Eurofarma RC
2018 Daniel Serra Chevrolet Cruze Eurofarma RC
2019 Daniel Serra Chevrolet Cruze Eurofarma RC
2020 Ricardo Maurício Chevrolet Cruze Eurofarma RC


Races are held mostly on road courses, although a race was held on a street circuit in Salvador for the first time in 2009. The tracks for the 2019 season are:

Former circuits include:

Fatal accidentsEdit

There have been five fatal accidents:

Video gamesEdit

The first official video game was Game Stock Car in 2011, with a followup title Stock Car Extreme launched in 2013. In 2016 Automobilista launched, featured the full 2015 and 2017 car grids and circuits, with Automobilista 2 adding the 2019 and 2020 cars and circuits when it launched in 2020. All games were developed by Reiza Studios.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Cacá Bueno estabelece novo recorde de velocidade da Stock Car: 345 km/h
  2. ^ a b c "Morte de Rafael é a quarta na Stock Car" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 9 December 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2007.
  3. ^ "Acidente mata Rafael Sperafico durante prova em Interlagos" (in Portuguese). Folha de S.Paulo. 9 December 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2007.
  4. ^ "Piloto da Stock Car Light morre em acidente em São Paulo" (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 9 December 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2007.
  5. ^ "Rafael Sperafico loses his life". 10 December 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2007.
  6. ^ Honorio, Rafael (3 April 2011). "Após acidente, Gustavo Sondermann tem morte cerebral confirmada". (in Portuguese). Organizações Globo. Retrieved 4 April 2011.

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