DUNO AND CITGO RACING TEST STRONG AT DAYTONA FOR 2007
CITGO Pontiac Riley 2nd Quickest Friday
January 11, 2007, Los Angeles, CA...CITGO Racing driver Milka Duno
co-drivers for the 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona have completed their third
final test for this month's 24 hour race at Daytona. Patrick Carpentier,
Darren Manning and Ryan Dalziel will join Duno for the 45th running
Rolex 24 At Daytona at Daytona International Speedway this January
27 & 28,
The Daytona test was considered a huge success due to the consistent
of the drivers and crew to improve the lap times in each and every
session. In fact, on last Friday's final session of the day Carpentier,
the #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley, scored the 2nd fastest in the session.
Out of a total of eight practice sessions, spread over three days,
Racing drivers and crew completed six full sessions - ending with the
session on Friday night. The team did not participate in the remaining
on-track sessions on Saturday due to a mechanical failure, electing
to continue working on other improvements on the car in the team's
"It was a very solid test for us and I'm very pleased with our progress.
Although we lost the last two sessions we had already met our objectives
we're right where we wanted to be. We increased our performance and
car's with each and every session and we continued to come together
very well as a team."
"I really enjoyed this test. It was good to work with all the other
They worked on the car and really improved it, so I was really pleased
I got back in for the night session. It was fast and the rear stayed
me the whole time, which is important for the race. The Hasselgren-Pontiac
engine is strong and we ran one for more than hours. It was also great
with all the guys I used to race with, like Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott
Dan Wheldon, Scott Pruett and Paul Tracy - just to name a few."
"It was more of a test with the amount of cars on the track. It was
bit frustrating not being able to get so many fast laps in, but having
that, we were still very fast running in traffic - which is what we
concentrated on because that's what the race will be like. So we're
happy with where we stand but know we have some improvements to come.
only are we going to be fast, I think we're going to be strong for
of the race - having four strong drivers. Everybody was comfortable
car and we made it better over the three days. We did a lot of race
work rather than go-fast set up work - should be very good!"
"I'm really looking forward to the '24hr'. We had a very good test
proved that our CITGO car is very fast. I'm also looking forward to
successful race with Milka, Darren and Patrick. It's such a great racing
event and I love the atmosphere of the entire 24-hours."
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.,
indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela,
national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more
information on CITGO visit www.citgo.com.
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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