BRANDT driver once again highlighted with Chevrolet Camaro # 8 on a road course
The transmission shaft of the Chevrolet Camaro # 8 came loose, forcing the driver to come directly into the garage of the Austin track.
It was a premature end to an exciting journey for the greatest champion in the history of the Porsche Cup in Brazil.
Miguel Paludo again showed his full potential competing at NASCAR on a road course. The BRANDT driver was forced to abandon the first race in the history of the Xfinity Series at the Circuit of the Americas with a transmission problem in the middle of the race, when he was fighting inside the top5.
The rain showed up during the qualify session confusing the qualify a lot. The session was interrupted with a yellow flag and there was a lot of traffic when the track improved. Amid the traffic, Paludo recorded the 15th time. But both he and the JR Motorsports team were confident for the race.
Many cars went into alignment with rain tires, but the track dried up and even before the start there was a spin of pit-stops and started the race with slicks.
Paludo won two positions on the first lap and came to read the track conditions well during the start of the first segment.
On the tenth pass, when he came in 12th place, he took advantage of the first yellow flag of the afternoon to do his pit service. He won no less than six positions on the chart.
The race restarted for lap before the end of the segment, with the BRANDT driver in tenth.
Six competitors ahead of him took advantage of the neutralization of the race to make the first stop. Paludo then advanced to fourth place, starting position for the second segment.
Kyle Busch, who would win the race with ease, overtook the Brazilian when the green flag came and soon took the lead. Paludo came in the same pace of the pointers. He was attacking Kevin Harvick for fourth place when the second yellow of the afternoon came, on lap 20.
On the restart, with nine turns left to the end of the segment, Paludo fell to sixth.
But three laps later, the loose transmission shaft shortened the Brazilian’s journey at the Circuit of the Americas.
Paludo now turns his attention to the Porsche Carrera Cup. The BRANDT driver travels to Brazil to start defending his title in the championship of the most produced racing cars on the planet. The season opens on the 29th of May 30 at Velocitta.
The following week the Paludo has another chapter of his trilogy in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, competing for the first time in his career at the Mid-Ohio track on June 5.
What did he say:
“It was sad the problem we had, but it is a part of our sport. The whole team did a great job and we were able to show speed and good adaptation to the circuit of the Circuit of the Americas. I am very grateful to BRANDT for the opportunity to run another NASCAR race and we will certainly be very motivated to compete in Brazil and again in the United States in the next two weeks ”
A leading agricultural company, BRANDT serves producers and farmers worldwide. Founded in 1953 by Glen Brandt and his sister Evelyn Brandt Thomas to help Illinois farmers adopt new and profitable technologies, the company experienced aggressive growth under the leadership of President and CEO Rick Brandt. BRANDT’s focus is to provide products and services that give producers the best opportunity for maximum return, while building a stronger, healthier and more abundant food supply. For more information, visit BRANDT on the web at: www.brandt.co and www.brandtbrasil.com.
ABOUT JR MOTORSPORTS:
JR Motorsports is the race management and operation company for Dale Earnhardt Jr., 15 times the most popular NASCAR driver and winner of 50 NASCAR-sanctioned races. Now in its 20th year of general competition, JR Motorsports runs in several divisions, including the NASCAR Xfinity Series, where it won championships in 2014, 2017 and 2018. The company also competes in the Late Model competition and has five championships in regional model divisions late. To learn more about the organization, its drivers and their sponsorship opportunities, visit: www.jrmracing.com