Miguel Paludo

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Miguel Paludo
Miguel Paludo at TMS.jpg
Paludo in 2012
Born (1983-07-26) July 26, 1983 (age 38)
Nova Prata, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Achievements2008, 2009, 2017, 2020 Porsche GT3 Cup Brasil Champion
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
5 races run over 2 years
Car no., teamNo. 88 (JR Motorsports)
2012 position125th
Best finish125th (2012)
First race2012 Sargento 200 (Road America)
Last race2021 B&L Transport 170 (Mid-Ohio)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Camping World 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 February 20, 2021.

Miguel Paludo (born July 26, 1983) is a Brazilian professional racing driver who competes full-time in the Porsche GT3 Carrera Cup Series as well as part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports. Paludo formerly competed in NASCAR full-time in the Camping World Truck Series, driving for Red Horse Racing and Turner Scott Motorsports. He has won four championships in the Porsche GT3 Cup Series, with three (2008, 2009, and 2020) in the Carrera Cup and the other (2017) in the Endurance Series.

Racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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]

2010–2013 and 2021: NASCAR[edit]

Paludo at Rockingham in 2012.
Paludo making a pit stop at Texas in 2012.

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]

Paludo during driver intros at Road America in 2012

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 Nelson Piquet Jr., another Brazilian driver.[4] Paludo started 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] He was unable to find another ride in NASCAR for 2014.

In 2021, Paludo would return to NASCAR and the Xfinity Series (previously Nationwide) and would drive the No. 8 JR Motorsports in three road course races (the Daytona Road Course, Circuit of the Americas and Mid-Ohio) during the first half of the season, replacing Josh Berry, the car's driver for the first half of the season. JRM had announced months earlier that Sam Mayer would be driving the No. 8 car during the second half of the season, which was why Paludo was not given the car for all seven road course races on the schedule. The deal came about through BRANDT, Paludo's sponsor in Brazil, which was also the primary sponsor of JRM's No. 7 car of Justin Allgaier. Allgaier and Paludo were teammates at Turner Scott Motorsports from 2011 to 2013, and BRANDT was Allgaier's primary sponsor there as well, and in addition to that, they sponsored Paludo in one Truck race.[9]

2014–present: Sports car racing[edit]

After Paludo ended up not running any NASCAR races during the 2014 season, he moved back to Brazil in 2015 and began racing in the Porsche GT3 Cup Series again. He would also compete in and win one championship in both the Porsche Endurance Series as well as the Carrera Cup, giving him a total of four titles in the series across all of its divisions.[9]

Personal life[edit]

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.[10] He is married, and has one son, Oliver, with his wife Patricia.[3]

Diabetes advocacy[edit]

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.[11]

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.[11]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

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

Xfinity Series[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity 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 NXSC Pts Ref
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 [12]
30 GLN
13
CGV BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM
2021 JR Motorsports 8 Chevy DAY DAY
7
HOM LVS PHO ATL MAR TAL DAR DOV COA
34
CLT MOH
27
TEX NSH POC ROA ATL NHA GLN IND MCH DAY DAR RCH BRI LVS TAL CLT TEX KAN MAR PHO 52nd 44 [13]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

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 Ref
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 [14]
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 [15]
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 [16]
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 [17]

K&N Pro Series East[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
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 [18]

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

(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 Ref
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 [19]
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 [20]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  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.
  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.
  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. ^ a b Nguyen, Justin (January 13, 2021). "Miguel Paludo joins JR Motorsports for 3 Xfinity road races, first NASCAR action since 2013". The Checkered Flag. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  10. ^ Silva, Fernando (December 27, 2011). "Stop & Go: Miguel Paludo". Grande Prêmio. iG Esporte. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "Miguel Paludo – 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  13. ^ "Miguel Paludo – 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  14. ^ "Miguel Paludo – 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  15. ^ "Miguel Paludo – 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  16. ^ "Miguel Paludo – 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  17. ^ "Miguel Paludo – 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  18. ^ "Miguel Paludo – 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  19. ^ "Miguel Paludo – 2010 ARCA Racing Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  20. ^ "Miguel Paludo – 2011 ARCA Racing Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved February 2, 2021.

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