Brazilian Driver Miguel Paludo Returns to NASCAR With Dale Earnhardt Jr’s JR Motorsports

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January 14, 2021 3:30 pm

Another day has passed and another NASCAR seat has been locked and loaded. The JR Motorsports team has confirmed that Brazilian driver Miguel Paludo will race in the #8 Chevrolet on a part-time basis.

The 37-year-old will participate in three Xfinity Series road course events for the coming season. As per reports, Paludo will race at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course, the Circuit of the Americas, and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

JR Motorsports has linked up with BRANDT Mechanical Services, and Miguel Paludo is familiar with the company as the two shared a successful relationship before in NASCAR.

Paludo has raced in the Camping World Truck series. Since then, he and BRANDT have collaborated in the Porsche Carrera Cup Brasil championship, notching up four championships. While this reunites a successful partnership, it also benefits BRANDT, as it expands its presence to the Xfinity series.

Miguel Paludo is excited to race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series again

The veteran racer will team up with full-time driver Justin Allgaier in the #7 car, who also shares a great and successful relationship with BRANDT. To be precise, he has amassed 11 victories and four Championship 4 appearances in his Xfinity career.

“This is an amazing opportunity and it’s hard to put in words how grateful I am,” said Paludo.

“Returning to compete in NASCAR has always been one of my top career goals. It has been remarkable to represent BRANDT Professional Agriculture in Brazil since 2015 competing and racing for championships in the Porsche Carrera Cup.

NEWTON, IA – SEPTEMBER 07: Miguel Paludo of Brazil, driver of the #32 Duroline Brakes and Components Chevrolet, during qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fan Appreciation 200 at the Iowa Speedway on September 7, 2013 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)

“And to now get the opportunity to race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series along with my teammate Justin Allgaier for BRANDT at JR Motorsports for three races is a dream that is coming true.

“I can’t wait to work with everyone on the No. 8 team and get ready for our first race on the road course at Daytona in a couple of weeks.”

Although he is only there for three races, his primary objective is to help promote BRANDT in Brazil.

As mentioned before, the Brazilian has plenty of experience in the stock car series. He had 73 starts in the Camping World Truck Series, including three full-time seasons. With these three Xfinity races, he will have participated in five races in all.

Miguel Paludo is an excellent driver who has notched up several top-five and top-10 finishes. Without a doubt, he will look forward to returning to the fray once again.

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