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Paludo joins Turner Motorsports '12 Truck roster

November 28, 2011, Team Release, NASCAR.com

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Turner Motorsports announced Monday the addition of Miguel Paludo to their stable of Camping World Truck Series drivers for the 2012 season. Paludo finished his first full year in the Truck Series last season with three top-fives and seven top-10s, closing out the season 17th in the points standings.

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The 28-year-old driver made his mark racing go-karts at 14, winning a regional championship in his home country of Brazil. Paludo then headed to the national ranks, racing Renault Clios in 2006, earning two podium finishes. He found further success in the Porsche GT3 Championship Series earning three wins, two poles and 11 top-three finishes in 2008, winning the series championship that year as well as in 2009.

Paludo made the trans-continental move to the stock car ranks in 2010, making nine K&N Pro Series East starts before jumping to the Truck Series in August of that year. Paludo made a statement in his first start, notching an impressive ninth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Paludo joins a stable of drivers that includes James Buescher and Nelson Piquet Jr., who will contend for the 2012 Truck Series championship.

"I'm really excited to join Turner Motorsports next season," Paludo said. "I'm grateful to Mr. [Steve] Turner for the opportunity he has given me to drive for the team and I'm looking forward to a strong season in 2012. I'm also thrilled to have some really strong teammates and I'm excited to see what we can do to make next season a good one for Turner Motorsports as we make a run for the championship."

In adding Paludo to the lineup, team owner Steve Turner is affirming his commitment to giving young drivers a strong platform on which to build their careers.

"Miguel [Paludo] adds another dimension to our Camping World Truck Series lineup," Turner said. "He has shown a significant amount of potential and is committed to making his mark in the NASCAR ranks. He is a proven champion winning titles in multiple disciplines. I am looking forward to a very competitive 2012 Camping World Truck Series season and watching all of our entries run up front."