Miguel Paludo No. 32 NNS Advance: Road America

Miguel Paludo

No. 32 Duroline Brakes and Components Chevrolet

Road America – Sargento 200 presented by Menards

American Muscle

June 23, 2012

No. 32 Duroline Brakes and Components Chevrolet News and Notes

There’s a First Time for Everything… Brazilian driver Miguel Paludo will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) debut this weekend at Road America when he gets behind the wheel of the No. 32 Duroline Brakes and Components Chevrolet Impala. Paludo, who is in his third year racing in NASCAR, (his second full-time season) has made 36 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). In those races, Paludo has accrued 10 top-10 and three top-five finishes, as well as one pole award (Daytona 2012).

On The Road Again… Although he has yet to race a road course in one of NASCAR’s top-three series, Paludo is undoubtedly well-versed in making both left and right turns on the racetrack. Paludo hails from the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Brasil series, where he won back-to-back championships (2008, 2009) before making the move to NASCAR the following year. In a combined total of 14 ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NCWTS starts in 2010, Paludo made one road course start in the NKNPS East at Lime Rock Park, where the Brazilian started and finished ninth at the 1.53-mile circuit.

La Vida Loca… The No. 32 team welcomes aboard Locaweb, which will grace the deck lid and TV panel of the Duroline Brakes and Components machine. Locaweb is the leader in Hosting in Brazil and Latin America, and  with 13 years of experience and partnerships with over 16,000 developers, they offer solutions designed to facilitate clients’ online business. Technological innovation aligned with a highly-qualified team, all in one of the most modern data centers in Latin America, allow Locaweb to stay constantly ahead of its competitors in the Internet market. For more information on Locaweb, visit www.locaweb.com.

Father of the Year…  Paludo kicked off his very first Father’s Day this past weekend as an honored guest at the American Diabetes Association’s Father of the Year awards. Paludo shared the story of his type 1 diabetes diagnosis eight years ago, as well as the diagnosis of his and wife Patricia’s young baby, Oliver, now nine months old. For 12 years, the ADA has teamed up with the National Father’s Day Council to recognize local fathers who are leaders in their industry, who also manage to be great dads, and give deeply to their communities. The event is a major fundraiser for the ADA, which works tirelessly across the country as well as locally in NASCAR’s hub, Charlotte, N.C. Honored this year were: Tom Hughes, Gene Flood, Mark Allison, Ravi Patel and Carlos Evans.

Diabetes Fact of the Week… A diabetes myth dispelled: Many believe that eating too much sugar causes diabetes. Fact: No, it does not. Type 1 diabetes is caused by genetics and unknown factors that trigger the onset of the disease; type 2 diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors. Being overweight does increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and a diet high in calories, whether from sugar or from fat, can contribute to weight gain. If you have a history of diabetes in your family, eating a healthy meal plan and regular exercise are recommended to manage your weight.

This Week’s Impala… The No. 32 team will unload chassis TMS-303 this weekend at Road America. This is the same chassis Ricky Carmichael drove to a ninth-place finish at the 4.048-mile road course in 2011.

Paludo on this weekend’s NNS race at Road America

“It is a pretty special week for me and the No. 32 team because this will be my very first Nationwide start. Anyone who sees the smile on my face when I talk about doing this Nationwide race can see just how excited I am about making my debut and getting behind the wheel of one of those cars. I’m also really looking forward to racing on a road course, it’s the first time since 2010 that I’m not racing an oval. We had opportunity to test our Nationwide car at VIR last month, and it was my very first time ever driving a Nationwide car. It went really well and I ran a lot of laps. I’ve got a great team around me, so I know that we’re going to be well-prepared when we hit the track this weekend.”

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