Paludo’s truck to highlight World Diabetes Day

Miguel Paludo's red No. 32 Chevrolet Silverado will sport a different look in the upcoming NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races at Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway, switching to a special blue paint scheme in honor of World Diabetes Day. The truck will feature the blue circle logo for World Diabetes Day, Paludo's son Oliver's name above the passenger side door and a collage of diabetes statistics and resources. 

World Diabetes Day, the primary global awareness campaign of the diabetes community, is held annually on November 14. It was introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to the alarming rise of diabetes around the world.

"This paint scheme is very important and personal to me, both as a diabetic and the father of a child with diabetes," said Paludo. "Diabetes is something that requires attention, research and funding 365 days a year, but World Diabetes Day is a special day of awareness, as well as an opportunity to celebrate the 366 million people worldwide living with diabetes. I can't wait for people to see the paint scheme on the racetrack, and when you're out there with your child's name on the truck, it makes a race extra special; it gives you that extra push to bring it to victory lane for him."

The race at Texas Motor Speedway will take place on Friday, Nov. 2, and the event at Phoenix International Raceway will be run on Friday, Nov. 9. [10/29/2012]

Chevrolet engineer wins SCCA gold medal

At the SCCA National Championship Runoffs, John M. Buttermore, Chevrolet Sonic Lead Development Engineer, won the Touring 1 Class gold medal in a Chevrolet Corvette in Elkhart, Wis., on Sept. 21. This is Buttermore’s sixth year earning a medal in Touring 1 at the Runoffs.

Buttermore races a current generation Corvette C6 updated with the Grand Sport bodywork. The car is powered by a stock 6.2L LS3 V-8 engine mated to a production six-speed transmission and differential.

“This was a big effort. The Touring 1 class is the playground for street car-based, extremely high performance vehicles,” said Buttermore. “The Corvette is the best car on and off the track. Even the exhaust manifolds are stock; we just put on an unmuffled exhaust, recalibrated the engine for racing fuel, added some auxiliary coolers and it was race ready."

As lead development engineer for the Chevrolet Sonic, the only subcompact made in America, Buttermore amped up the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS with a performance-oriented driving experience and aggressive exterior and interior features matched with a 1.4L turbo engine that delivers 138 horsepower (103 kW) and 148 lb.-ft. of torque (200 Nm).

“My passion is racing and I put that same drive into tuning Sonic, especially with our new RS variant,” said Buttermore. "With the RS, we updated the suspension tune, brakes, final-drive ratio, manual trans-mission gear ratios and ride height to create a sporty ride."

Racing became a serious pursuit for Buttermore at Waterford Hills Raceway in suburban Detroit during college. In 2004, he joined the SCCA National Circuit with a new Cadillac CTS-V in the Touring 2 class. Ten years after entering racing school at Road America, he returned with his CTS-V, broke the track record and eventually moved to the Touring 1 Class racing a Corvette. (GM photo) [10/29/2012]