DUNO AND CITGO RACING TO CHALLENGE 2007 ROLEX 24
Milka Duno joined by Patrick Carpentier, Darren Manning and Ryan Dalziel
January 5, 2007, Los Angeles, CA...Standout female driver Milka Duno
challenge the 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona with CITGO Racing for their
consecutive year together - and their second year with CITGO Racing
Motorsport. Open wheel stars Patrick Carpentier, Darren Manning and
Dalziel will join Duno in the #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype
the 45th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona at Daytona International
Speedway this January 27 & 28, 2007.
In CITGO Racing's Rolex 24 effort last year, Duno and SAMAX Motorsport
earned an 8th place finish after 24 grueling hours of competition.
8th-place overall finish was the highest finish for a female driver
Rolex Series era. Duno also joined an elite list of only five women
finish in the top-ten overall in the event's 44-year history.
Duno is conducting her final testing session this week at Daytona in
preparation for this year's 24-hour classic. The three days of testing
started Thursday and run through Saturday and offer Rolex Series competitors
approximately 13 hours of on-track practice. Duno will be testing at
along with her three talented co-drivers for the big event - Carpentier,
Manning and Dalziel.
"I'm very happy that I can announce my fourth straight year racing
CITGO and the addition of Patrick, Darren and Ryan to our challenge
year's Rolex 24. This will be our last test for the race in a few weeks
I know that we're hoping to learn more with the new tires. We've had
tests so far and hopefully we'll continue advancing our performance.
looking forward to seeing Patrick and Darren and Ryan and all the crew
the holidays. As a team we've got some really good synergy going on
will be great to be together again on the track and getting ready for
"I am again looking forward to driving with Milka, Darren and Ryan.
getting closer and closer to the big race at the end of the month.
working on getting use to one another and of course to the car. Hopefully
it's a problem free test and will prove the equipment is ready for
"The Rolex 24 is one of those marquis races that as a driver you really
to win. There is a great atmosphere in the team and we have a real
win. Thanks to CITGO and SAMAX for this exciting opportunity and I'm
looking forward to the race."
"I'm really excited to be driving for CITGO Racing with Milka, Pat
Darren. I think we have a very strong package and should have a really
chance of winning the race."
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 past three years, well-known Latina racecar driver Milka Duno
been featured in Pontiac's advertising campaigns. Pontiac is a division
General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM) and markets the G6 sedan, coupe
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. Pontiac also launched the
entry-level G5 coupe in the Fall 2006. More information on Pontiac
products can be found at www.pontiac.com.
Information in Spanish can be
found at www.pontiac.com/sp.
For additional information on Milka please visit www.milkaduno.com.
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