Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 24 1976 Carlos Eduardo Galvão Bueno – to give Cacá his full name – began racing karts at the age of 12, and won the Sao Paulo state championship in 1992. The son of Brazilian sports commentator Galvão Bueno, Cacá grew up surrounded by sports stars, including his hero Ayrton Senna.
However Cacá preferred touring car racing to Formula one and made his debut in Stock Car Brasil (Category B) in 1996. From there he worked his way through the South American Super Touring Car Championship and then Argentina’s TC 2000 championship before heading back home to compete in Stock Car Brasil in 2002.
In his first season racing in the championship, Cacá came third in the overall standings and was runner-up in each of the next three seasons (2003-05). In 2006 he secured four wins on his way to his maiden title, and became a back-to-back champion with the series win in 2007. Cacá then clinched his third Stock Car Brasil championship in 2009. In August 2010 he became the fastest Brazilian in history as he took a Chevrolet Vectra V-8 to a speed of 345kph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA.