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Duno Aces Speed Requirements, Will Participate at Kansas Race

KANSAS CITY, KS. (April 27, 2007) - Milka Duno has passed the official
"Rookie Test" for the 2007 IndyCar Series and will participate in this
weekend's activities for the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway. The
race, this Sunday, April 29, will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at
4:30pm ET. This will be Milka's first IndyCar Series race on a planned
first-year ten-race schedule that includes the 91st running of the Indy 500
on May 27.

While Milka is an experienced and race-winning sports car driver - just like
any driver entering the IndyCar Series for the first time - she will be
considered a "rookie" during her first season and must pass their "Rookie
Test" in order to compete.

With multiple scheduled test sessions over the last few weeks cancelled due
to weather issues, there was concern that Milka may not be able to complete
the desired time behind the wheel of her #23 CITGO Racing Dallara Honda to
prepare for the required test at the Kansas circuit. But finally, and for
the first time in several weeks, Mother Nature did ultimately cooperate and
Milka was able to successfully complete the necessary requirements and gain
valuable additional seat time yesterday afternoon. Milka and her team were
officially notified at the end of the session that she had met the
requirements and could move forward.

"I'm happy. I guess now I am Indy," Duno said with a big smile. " We didn't
have all the track time that we were suppose to leading up to this because
of the weather conditions. My team did a great job getting the car prepared
- and I'm learning so much from all the guys that have experience in IndyCar
racing, especially my engineer, Steve Challis, and my driving coach, Pancho
Carter. I was trying to do the best I could and follow the grooves. But this
is just the first step. Like everyone else, you start with your first race. 
Every new driver to IndyCar has to get experience, and it starts with the
first race. The first practice, the first qualifying, the first race."

"This new accomplishment further demonstrates Milka's great skills and
racing potential. We at CITGO are very proud of having Milka as the
ambassador of our Energia Latina campaign. She is a very strong role model
for Venezuelan women and Latinas everywhere. Milka: CITGO is with you at
every turn," said Rafael Gomez, CITGO's VP of Strategic Shareholder
Relations and Govenrment & Public Affairs.

"We're very happy," Baron said. "With all the drama of the rain and cold,
it's definitely exciting to be ready and moving forward to Sunday. I feel
like we've just passed our college exams. It's nice to get that done and
over with. It's exciting but now we are on to the next chapter."

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, marketer and transporter of
transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals, refined waxes, asphalt and
other industrial products. The company has been a major sponsor of American
racing for 21 years in such series as NASCAR, Grand-Am Racing and now the
IndyCar Series. CITGO 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

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