CITGO RACING'S SALT LAKE CITY
CITGO Racing in Lead and Top Five Until 9th Hour Mechanical Failure
September 3, 2006, Los Angeles, CA...The trio of Milka Duno, Marc Goossens
and Stefan Johansson were well on their way to a podium finish - with
real chance at a win - when an 9th hour mechanical failure with less
minutes left in the race caused a 16th place finish at the season finale
today at Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Utah. The nine
competition marked the season's end for the 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series
The #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley was in the top ten for every lap of it's
in the top five for most - and twice in the lead - before a driveline
failure forced the car into the pits and out of the race on lap 182
"We were so very close and everything was going so well toward a podium-
would have been a great finish for the season. We had a great car and
everyone was working so very hard - it's a shame we had a problem so
to the end. My thanks for Marc, Stefan and the whole CITGO Racing crew
their very strong effort."
"It was a good race in general. I think we knew for a couple of days
had a good car. It's just a shame we couldn't get more out of it in
qualifying, but during the race, we were running pretty well. All the
did a great job with the pitstops and it was pretty
good until 20 minutes from the end when the gearbox broke. As long
don't have any drive, then you're not going anywhere. Luckily, I made
back to the pits, but unfortunately, the guys couldn't do anything
All in all, we had a good run. It's a shame it happened 20 minutes
end. We were up front for most of the race and I think the whole CITGO
did a great job."
"It was a pity we couldn't finish the race. It was looking very promising
halfway through, but that's what sports-car racing is all about --
just got to keep it all together until the end. But we're still happy
our performance. I think everybody did the best we
could today and the car was performing well, so that's all we can do."
CITGO, based in Houston, Texas, is a refiner, transporter and marketer
transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals, refined waxes, asphalt
other industrial products.
The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned
subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil
company of the
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information on CITGO visit
For the third consecutive year, well-known Latina racecar driver Milka
will be featured in Pontiac's advertising campaigns. Pontiac is a division
of General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM) and markets the G6 sedan,
retractable hardtop convertible; Grand Prix; Solstice roadster; Vibe
Torrent. In 2005, Pontiac sold more than 437,000 vehicles, ranking
among GM divisions in total sales. For the 2007 model year, Pontiac
launching the turbocharged Solstice GXP and the entry-level G5 coupe
Fall 2006. More information on Pontiac and its products can be found
www.pontiac.com. Information in
Spanish can be found at www.pontiac.com/sp.
Milka is also the Latin American spokesperson for Sony's Xplod car
brand. Sony is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications,
information technology products for the consumer and professional markets.
Its music, motion picture, television, computer entertainment, and
businesses make Sony one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies
in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately
billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2006. You may visit the
Corporation website at http://www.sony.net/.
Sony Latin America has a
regional office in Miami, Florida and subsidiaries in numerous countries,
including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama,
Puerto Rico and
Venezuela. You may visit the Sony Latin America website at
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