iguel Paludo and the No. 32 World Diabetes Day/Duroline team head to the desert for the penultimate race of the 2012 season at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) has not visited PIR since the spring of 2011, which marked Paludo’s first and only trip to the 1.0-mile tri-oval. Paludo started 28th at the event and finished 25th after battling a loose truck, which ultimately led to late-race spin.
Blue for World Diabetes Day…The No. 32 Chevy Silverado will run the World Diabetes Day paint scheme for the second and final time, marking the last race before WDD on November 14th. The truck will once again feature the blue circle logo for World Diabetes Day, Paludo’s son Oliver’s name above the passenger side door and a collage of diabetes statistics and resources. Paludo, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes nine years ago, found out earlier this season that Oliver, only eight months old at the time, is also diabetic. Just weeks later, Paludo was named as a Blue Circle Champion for the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), becoming the first South American representative of the global organization.
Look Your Best at PIR… When the gatesopen for the weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, Great Clips stylists will have their scissors in hand and will be offering free haircuts to race attendees. Just stop by the Great Clips display! Donations will be accepted with all money raised going to Project H3. Project H3 was established to provide aid for long-term, vulnerable homeless veterans and their families. For more information see their website: http://www.azceh.org/project-h3
This Week’s Silverado…Paludo and the No. 32 Duroline Brakes and Components team will unload chassis TMS-205 at Phoenix International Raceway. TMS-205 has been utilized previously this season at Rockingham Speedway, Dover International Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway, with its best result of 12th being achieved in Dover.
Previous Race Recap…Paludo was primed for a stellar night at Texas Motor Speedway, armed with a fast truck and a very special World Diabetes Day paint scheme. However, after a strong practice session and qualifying run, tight handling and an extended green-flag run intervened, resulting in a 14th-place finish in the WinStar World Casino 350k.
Watch and Listen…The Lucas Oil 150 can be seen live on Friday, November 9th on SPEED. Race coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as Sirius Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Miguel Paludo on Phoenix International Raceway and Making His 50th NCWTS Start…“Phoenix is one of those places that I didn’t have a very good experience the first time I was there, and sometimes it’s your first visit to a track that sets the tone for how you feel about it. We were really loose in practice and qualifying, and then I wound up getting turned in the race. However, this is almost like a whole new track now that it has been repaved and reconfigured, so we’re really all on an even playing field. Hopefully I’ll run a lot better and like the track a lot more this time around.”
“It’s hard to believe that we’re almost to the end of my second full-time season in Truck Series and that I’ll be making my 50th start. So much has changed since my first start: we have a new house, our first child was born last year, and then he was diagnosed with diabetes this year…it’s a lot of life-changing events. I’ve accomplished a lot of goals here in NASCAR: I became the first Brazilian to win a pole the Truck Series, I’ve run some Nationwide races, I’ve gotten into the top-10 in points and I’ve grown a lot as a driver. There’s still so much I want to accomplish. I hope that by this time next year we’re talking about being in contention for the championship. I’m grateful for all the things that I’ve experienced and accomplished so far in my NASCAR career and I’m looking forward to what’s to come in the next 50 starts.”