Milka Duno's Historic Indy 500 Run
First Latina Indy 500 driver
INDIANAPOLIS (May 27, 2007) Rookie Milka Duno, competing in her first
Indianapolis 500 and only her 2nd IndyCar Series event, worked her way up to
the 22nd position before a turn 1 incident ended her historic run on lap 65.
She officially finished the race in 31st position.
Starting 29th, Duno worked her way up as high as 22nd before a penalty for
speeding in pit lane during a caution period on lap 55 dropped her six
positions to 28th. Without the penalty, Duno would have exited the pits in
17th position. On lap 65, the #91 car of Richie Hearn ducked under the #23
CITGO Racing Honda/Dallara/Firestone right as the cars were entering turn
one. The late move took the air off Duno's front wing causing the rookie's
car to spin out and make heavy contact with the SAFER barrier. She was not
injured in the incident.
"I have had such a great month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and I am
just so disappointed that my race finished this way," said Duno. "The SAMAX
Motorsports team worked so hard to give me a great car and this fantastic
opportunity. I have to thank my sponsor CITGO and the people of Indianapolis
as they have made me feel so welcome and I can't wait to come back next
"Milka was doing a wonderful job of steadily working her way up the leader
board," said team owner, Peter Baron. "I want to thank Milka for her
determination and her tremendous effort this month. I'd also like to thank
the SAMAX team for all their hard work this month and CITGO for their
"This was CITGO's first appearance at the Indy 500 and we were so proud to
be here in the presence of several fellow CITGO employees and people
important to both the company and Milka," said Rafael Gomez, Vice President
of Public Affairs, Marketing and Advertising. "Although we didn't finish the
race, we are thrilled with Milka's performance and the fact that she gained
positions so quickly. The outcome was unfortunate, but we are looking
forward to our future with IndyCar Series and Milka's next race in Texas."
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 Petrleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of
the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information on CITGO visit
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