The seven time Porsche Cup champion to drive the Camaro in BRANDT colors on Friday and Saturday in the Xfinity Series
Miguel Paludo’s journey through NASCAR’s mixed circuits in 2022 begins this Friday (25th) with free practice and qualifying for the Xfinity Series stage at Circuit of the Americas.
The Brazilian returns to the JR Motorsports team, now with the iconic #88, the same one that consecrated Dale Earnhardt Jr in the American ovals. Paludo will drive a Chevrolet Camaro for the second year in a row at the most modern track in Texas.
Last year, the driver made his debut with the BRANDT colors in the JR Motorsport team. He competed in the three stages on a mixed circuit with the #8 car and had his best result at Daytona, finishing seventh. At both the Circuit of the Americas and Mid-Ohio, he stood out again in 2021. In Texas, a break in the suspension part shortened his participation in the final part of the race, after spending almost all the time in the top 10. In Mid-Ohio it was taken by another racer on the final lap, when he was fighting inside the top 5.
The expectation for 2022 is one of the best for the BRANDT race car driver. Unlike last year, when there were no free practices or qualify at some stages, now Paludo will have the opportunity to practice before the races – in addition to being familiar with the car and the team’s work dynamics.
He’s spent the last two weeks meeting at the team’s North Carolina headquarters, working on the Chevrolet simulator, reviewing the 2021 races and closely following the tweaks of the #88 Camaro.
Starting this Friday, he will be back on the Austin track. The stage schedule determines a free practice of 30 minutes and then an hour of qualifying training. In the qualify, drivers are divided into two groups (each with 30 minutes of track use), then the top 5 of each group returns to fight for the pole position.
The race will be broadcast live to Brazil by BandSports, starting at 5:30pm on Saturday. The race has a forecast of 46 laps, divided into three stages (the first two ending on laps 14 and 30).
What did he say:
“Last year was fantastic, with three races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and another Porsche Cup title. Fortunately, BRANDT recognized our effort and, once again, allowed me to drive again at the Circuit of the Americas, being able to fight for the victory with the Camaro from JR Motorsports. It’s definitely an added responsibility to run the #88. Now with more experience, training and qualify before the race, we will be even better prepared than in 2021.”