Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fast Facts: Miguel Paludo



Paludo (center) with Turner Motorsports teammates
Nelson Piquet Jr. (left) and James Buescher (right)
Getty Images for NASCAR: Tom Pennington

Miguel Paludo, driver of the No. 32 Chevy Silverado for Turner Motorsports, is in his second season of full-time competition in the Camping World Truck Series. He should soon join his teammate and fellow countryman Nelson Piquet Jr. as a winner in NASCAR. Learn more about Paludo in this week’s edition of Fast Facts.
  • Miguel Paludo was born July 26, 1983 in Nova Prata, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He began his racing career at age 14 in go-karts before joining his brother Daniel on the family-owned team in a regional touring car series in 2004. Following two seasons in the Brazilian Clio Cup series, Paludo jumped up to the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Brazil in 2008 and 2009, winning the championship both seasons.
  • In 2010, Paludo moved north to the United States and NASCAR. He competed in both the K&N Pro Series East with Hattori Racing Enterprises and the Truck Series with Red Horse Racing the same year. In 2011, he competed full-time with Red Horse in the Camping World Truck Series, finishing 17th in points with three top five and seven top 10 finishes.
  • In 2012, Paludo moved to Turner Motorsports, teamed with Nelson Piquet Jr. and James Buescher. He made two Nationwide Series starts for Turner this year as well.
  • Paludo and his wife Patricia have one son, Oliver.
  • In 2004, at the age of 20, Paludo was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and has been working with the American Diabetes Association to raise awareness for the program. Following Oliver’s birth, the Paludos learned that he, too, was a diabetic. At Texas Motor Speedway, earlier this season, Paludo’s truck featured the United for Diabetes paint scheme, showcasing father and son on the tonneau cover.
  • Find out more about Paludo at his website, www.miguelpaludo.com and check out his Skirts & Scuffs driver diary, Hot Laps with Miguel Paludo.

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