HANDLING ISSUES FORCE MILKA DUNO OUT EARLY IN IOWA
NEWTON, IA (June 24, 2008) – Racing in the back-up #23 CITGO Racing Dallara Honda, Milka Duno finished early due to handling issues during Lap 27 at the Iowa Corn Indy 250 on Sunday, June 22.
Overall, it was a challenging weekend for Duno, as she lost the rear of the car between Turns 1 and 2 during testing on Friday. This contact resulted in using the back-up car for Sunday’s race. This is the first time since the March 29th race at Homestead-Miami Speedway that Duno did not finish better than her qualifying position.
“Obviously, Iowa Speedway is a tough race track,” said Duno. “We’ve been working on a better car and still had some handling issues. This was definitely a weekend to forget.”
The Iowa Corn Indy 250 was Duno’s fifth race in the IndyCar Series and her second time at Iowa Speedway, which is the second shortest oval track in the Series. Her next race will be at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, July 6.
Duno is the only female Hispanic to be racing in the IndyCar Series and was the only female driver to finish at the 2008 Indianapolis 500. Her list of accomplishments in racing is as important as her vast education. Duno is a certified Naval Engineer who holds four master’s degrees. Off the track, Duno appeared in the May 2009 released Warner Bros. movie, “Speed Racer” and launched a new, bilingual children’s book, “Go, Milka, Go!”