Milka Duno Third in Driver Point Standings after Mexico
Duno and Carpentier Finish 11th at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
March 5, 2006...Drivers Milka Duno and Patrick Carpentier took the
flag in 11th place after twice advancing into top ten territory during
Saturday's Rolex Sports Car Series race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
in Mexico City.
The results of the Mexico race will place Duno and Carpentier, who
finished second at the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, in third
the official Driver's Standings.
In a very rare caution-free race that certainly affected every team's
strategy and normal "race rhythm" - Duno and Carpentier both were
advance the #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley into the top ten - but ultimately
not able to hold the position at the end.
The Mexico event was special for both Duno and Carpentier - and for
the same reasons. Both CITGO drivers admire and respect the spirit,
knowledge and support of the Mexican race fans. This was Duno's third
in Mexico City and Carpentier's return from a several season absence
his competitions during his exceptional career in ChampCar.
"We are improving with each visit to Mexico - which makes me very happy.
I want so very much to do better for the fans here because they are
supportive - it makes you want to do the best that you can. I was anxious
for the race to start because we had been improving throughout the
and I was feeling really good for the start. But, right at the start
prototypes got together with one of them spinning right in front of
slowing me down and placing me as far back as 15th - but I was able
recover to my original starting position and even advance to 10th -
unfortunately went away right at the end of my stint when my tires
almost all the way gone causing me to spin right before I was pitting.
Patrick was excellent in his stint and if not for a radio problem we
have had a top-ten. The team was great, the fans were great, we were
great - and I look forward to a better finish for the fans next year."
"It was a difficult weekend. We did not have enough time to really
the car properly. Our engineers did their best but we never got closer
test sessions than 1.5 seconds from the quickest car. Unfortunately,
was a miscommunication between the crew and myself at the end of the
and I let a car by (#6 driven by Ian James) that I should have been
keep at bay to get a top ten finish. We will do better at the next
Homestead-Miami as we tested there late last year."
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.
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