Miguel Paludo, the NASCAR race car driver, is IDF’s newest Blue Circle Champion.
Originally from Brazil, Miguel got his first taste of racing behind the wheel of a go-kart at age 14. Since then he has raced at national level, including the Porsche GT3 Championship Series, earning several podium places. In 2010 Miguel made the trek to North America to try out his talents at the NASCAR level.
Miguel was diagnosed with diabetes eight years ago and is an avid advocate of diabetes awareness and care. His son Oliver was also recently diagnosed with diabetes.
"Learning that my son has diabetes has taught me that everything happens for a reason," said Paludo. "I believe that my diagnosis eight years ago was to prepare my wife and I to take care of Oliver and teach him how to manage his diabetes. He is only eight months old and he will be a type 1 diabetic for the rest of his life, but it isn't going to limit him in any way. I have been able to achieve my dream of becoming a race car driver while being a diabetic, and it is important for me to be an example and show him that he can still do anything and everything he wants to do in his life. I'm honoured to become one of IDF's Blue Circle Champions, and my hope is to show people living with diabetes around the world the exact same thing that I want to show my son: diabetes can't stop you."
Miguel’s partnership with IDF kicked off at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) on June 8th with the debut of the No. 32 Unite for Diabetes/Duroline Chevrolet Silverado featuring the blue circle.
IDF Blue Circle Champions are high profile individuals who have been touched by diabetes in one way or another. We look to our Champions to inspire the over 366 million people living with diabetes today and bring awareness to this silent killer. The full list of IDF’s Blue Circle Champions can be found here.