MILKA DUNO SCORES HIGHEST FINISH IN 45 YEAR HISTORY OF
THE 24 HOURS OF
Duno Earns Highest Finish Ever for Female Driver in Legendary Daytona
January 28, 2007, Los Angeles, CA...After a virtually flawless 24-hour
performance Milka Duno and the CITGO Racing team delivered an outstanding
2nd place overall finish at this weekend's Rolex 24 At Daytona. Series
officials have confirmed that Duno's podium appearance today marks
highest finish for a female driver in the 45 year history of the 24
Daytona at Daytona International Speedway.
Duno and co-drivers Patrick Carpentier, Darren Manning and Ryan Dalziel,
their #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley, started the internationally renowned
endurance race 5th on the grid of seventy world class competitors and
the checkered flag 24 hours later in 2nd place overall.
In arguably one of the most talented fields of drivers in the event's
history - a field of all-star drivers with combined accomplishments
include five NASCAR Nextel Cup championships, six Indy 500 wins, five
IndyCar championships and one Champ Car World Series championship -
names such as Juan Pablo Montoya, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Jimmie
Dan Wheldon, Sam Hornish, Jr. and Helio Castroneves - the CITGO Racing
of Duno, Carpentier, Manning and Dalziel finished ahead of all but
With today's 2nd place finish Duno advanced her previous "personal
an 8th place overall finish at the 2006 Rolex 24 At Daytona - which
the time the highest overall finish by a female driver in the Rolex
"Our 2nd place finish today is certainly one of the highlights of my
career so far. It was a complete team effort from start to finish and
can't thank my teammates Patrick, Darren and Ryan enough - or the incredible
performance of the entire CITGO Racing team and SAMAX Motorsports.
am very proud and honored to be the highest finishing female driver
such a legendary race - I am most proud and thankful of my co-drivers
crew for their spectacular performance and our great effort together
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.