No. 30 Duroline Brakes and Components Chevrolet News and Notes
New York State of Mind… Brazilian driver Miguel Paludo will make his second career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start in this weekend's 200-mile race at Watkins Glen International, where he will pilot the No. 30 Chevrolet Impala. Paludo has never set foot on the property of the 2.54-mile road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y., but he showed his road-racing prowess earlier in the season when he qualified ninth and led four laps in his first trip to Road America. Paludo ran up front for much of the day before a broken sway-bar arm took him out of contention for the win in the closing laps.
Man in Black… With a new NNS car number comes a new look for Paludo and the Duroline Brakes and Components crew. The familiar primary color scheme will go black, neon red and electric blue for Saturday's Zippo 200 at The Glen. In addition to long-time primary sponsor, Duroline, the scheme will feature Paludo's Twitter and Facebook handles on the TV panel, and his website, MiguelPaludo.com, on the deck lid.
Atop the Box… For the first time in 2012, Paludo will have a different voice calling the shots from atop the pit box in Watkins Glen. Paludo will work with regular No. 30 NNS crew chief Trent Owens this weekend. Owens led Nelson Piquet Jr. to victory lane in the driver's Road America debut earlier this season. Paludo's full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. will be close at hand as well, as he will also be making the trip to The Glen to support his driver.
Diabetes Fact of the Week… Periodontal (gum) disease is more common in people with diabetes. Among young adults, those with diabetes have about twice the risk of those without diabetes. Adults aged 45 years or older with poorly controlled diabetes are 2.9 times more likely to have severe periodontitis than those without diabetes. The likelihood is even greater (4.6 times) among smokers with poorly controlled diabetes.
This Week's Impala… The No. 30 team will unload chassis TMS-303 this weekend at Watkins Glen. This is the same chassis Paludo raced in his NNS debut at Road America earlier this season. Paludo qualified within the top-10 and was a strong competitor throughout the day until a late-race sway-bar arm failure resulted in a 29th-place finish.
Paludo on this weekend's NNS race at Watkins Glen
"I am really excited to be racing at Watkins Glen. I've never been to that track before, but I was so incredibly comfortable in the Nationwide car at Road America. We were running up front all day and we just had some bad luck at the end when the sway-bar arm broke, so we didn't get the finish we deserved. I just want to turn that all around and have a good weekend at The Glen. I know that we will be extremely competitive, so I want to bring home a great finish for the team, for myself and for Duroline. I had so much fun road course racing earlier in the year, so I'm really pumped about this."