In a sport where most of the talent is cultivated at an extremely young age and plucked from short
tracks across the United States, Paludo, a native of Nova Prata, Brazil, got his first taste of racing in a gokart
at age 14 and did not pursue his racing career professionally until after graduating from college and
starting his own successful business. At age 21, Paludo and his brother Daniel competed side-by-side in
an entry in one of Brazil’s regional touring car series. Paludo experienced success immediately, winning
just the fourth race in which he competed.
That same year, Paludo was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. However, he did not let the diagnosis stop
him. He continued to pursue his racing career, all while learning how to manage his diabetes. In 2006,
Paludo took his talents to the national level, racing Renault Clios, where he earned two podium finishes.
In 2008, Paludo graduated to the Porsche GT3 Cup Brasil, winning the championship on the strength of
three wins, two poles and 11 top-three finishes. Paludo repeated his performance the following year,
becoming the first back-to-back and two-time champion in series history.
The 2010 season brought big changes for Paludo. He and wife Patricia left their home country of Brazil
to come to the United States so Paludo could test his talents at the NASCAR level. In January, he got his
first experience behind the wheel of a stock car when he participated in a test for Red Horse Racing at
New Smyrna Speedway in Florida. He then signed a deal to drive in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for
Hattori Racing Enterprises. He competed in nine of 10 races, earning his best finish of fourth at New
Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Paludo made his Camping World Truck Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway in August of that year for
Germain Racing, earning a ninth-place finish and impressing even the toughest critics. He made one
additional start for the team at Kentucky Speedway before joining Red Horse Racing at the end of the
2011 marked Paludo’s first full-time NCWTS season. He was involved in one of the tightest Rookie of the
Year battles in series history on his way to a 17th-place finish in the final point standings. The Brazilian
native captured three top-five and seven top-10 finishes. He and his wife also welcomed a new addition
to the family when they had their first child, son Oliver, late that summer.
Joining Turner Scott Motorsports for a full-time NCWTS campaign the following season, Paludo began
2012 by making history in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, becoming the
first Brazilian to win a pole award in one of NASCAR’s top-three series. A few months later, Paludo and
his wife Patricia learned that their son Oliver, only eight months old at the time, had been diagnosed
with type 1 diabetes.
Already an advocate for diabetes awareness and management prior to Oliver’s diagnosis due to his own
condition, his son’s diabetes inspired him to expand his involvement with the cause. Paludo teamed up
with the International Diabetes Federation as a Blue Circle Champion, becoming the first South
American representative for the organization.
He ran a special Unite for Diabetes paint scheme on his No. 32 truck in June, and then followed up his
efforts in November with a World Diabetes Day paint scheme. Paludo rounded off 2012 with his best
finish of the season (fifth) in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Paludo was 10th in the
final NCWTS driver point standings, his best NASCAR points finish to date.
Paludo returns to Turner Scott Motorsports’ No. 32 Chevrolet Silverado in 2013, with Jeff Hensley
continuing as crew chief. Paludo and his team finished 9th in the final NCWTS driver point standings,
with 1 pole and 11 top-10 finishes.
2015 marked Paludo’s return to Porsche GT3 Cup Brasil season with BRANDT do Brasil as primary
sponsor. Paludo finished 2nd in the final driver point standings, with 2 wins, 11 top-5 and 3 top-10
finishes in 18 races.
In 2016 Paludo will compete again in the Porsche GT3 Cup Brasil with BRANDT as primary sponsor to
chase his 3rd championship.