MILKA DUNO AND CITGO RACING JOIN INDYCAR SERIES
MIAMI, Fla. (March 23, 2007) - Milka Duno, the first woman in history to win a major international sportscar race in North America, and CITGO Racing, announced today at Homestead-Miami Speedway that they will compete in the 2007 IndyCar Series with SAMAX Motorsport. Duno will drive the No. 23 CITGO Racing/SAMAX Motorsport Dallara/Honda/Firestone in ten IndyCar Series events this season, including the 91st Indianapolis 500. She also plans to compete at Kansas, Texas, Iowa, Watkins Glen, Nashville, Mid Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Chicago.
Duno joined Felix Rodriguez, president and CEO of CITGO Petroleum Corp., Peter Baron, team principal of SAMAX Motorsport, and Tony George, founder and CEO of the Indy Racing League, in announcing the sponsor and team plans to field an entry in the 2007 IndyCar Series season.
Although the team is new to the series, SAMAX Motorsport’s IndyCar crew members are an experienced group with most having been part of an Indianapolis 500 win. Veteran campaigners Steve Challis and John Cummiskey have been named as lead engineer and team manager, respectively. Cummiskey has three Indy 500 wins next to his name and shared a 2nd place with Challis in 2002. The team will be based out of Gasoline Alley and members will be comprised of a mix of Indy specialists and a few familiar faces from Duno’s Grand-Am team.
Duno begins her IndyCar Series campaign after three successful years
competing in the Grand American Rolex Series. During her rookie season
in 2004, Duno became the first woman in history to win a major international
sportscar race in North America by capturing the overall win with Andy
Wallace at the Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway. She
followed that victory with her second overall Rolex Series win at Homestead
just seven months later. In her Rolex Series career, Duno has posted
three wins, seven podium appearances, 10 top-five finishes and 26 top-10
CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals, refined waxes, asphalt and 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 www.citgo.com.
For additional information on Milka please visit www.milkaduno.com.
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