(MAIN and LEFT) Five-time
Stock Car Brasil champ
Caca Bueno secured the
2012 title after a five-way
shootout in the finale.
(BELOW) His teammate
Daniel Serra heads
a squabbling pack of
Sonics and Peugeots.
on the tire’s contact, rather than downforce.
The trick is to know when it will understeer
or oversteer – and learning that takes years.”
Understanding these quirks is the secret
weapon that allows the regulars to hold
their own against star interlopers like
Rubens Barrichello, Helio Castroneves and
Tony Kanaan, who’ve all sampled the series.
“It’s hard to fight guys with F1 or IndyCar
experience,” Bueno says. “But it’s also hard
to fight against guys like me, who’ve built
their career in Brazil. The locals sometimes
have the same ability as the international
ones, but they also have more knowledge
of the tracks and cars. It’s a tough series.”
Brazilians have been a powerhouse in
international motorsport for decades.
Sounds like they have the situation pretty
well locked-down domestically, too.