Duno Finishes in 11th Place at Texas Motor Speedway, Third Race for Rookie
FORT WORTH, Texas (June 9, 2007) IndyCar rookie driver Milka Duno finished
11th tonight at the Texas Motor Speedway after starting in 20th position in
her #23 CITGO Racing Dallara Honda. The Texas event was Duno's third
appearance in her limited 2007 IndyCar Series schedule. Over the course of
the three day event, Duno successfully overcame a number of issues including
a crash caused by a mechanical failure that occurred during the first
practice on Thursday afternoon as well as a puncture in the right front tire
after her last pit stop in Saturday night's race.
"This was a very challenging race for me" said Duno. "This was more
difficult for me than Kansas and Indianapolis. The conditions on the track
kept changing during the race and we constantly had to make adjustments to
the CITGO car. But I learned a lot tonight and as always, I am very
grateful to the team for all their hard work."
"We're thrilled to have given Milka an 11th place finish in her third race,"
said Peter Baron, team principal for SAMAX Motorsport. "This race track has
the reputation for multiple car accidents, which happened tonight. Milka did
a good job to stay out of trouble, I'm proud of her determination and we are
looking forward to continuing her development at the next race."
Milka's next event will be at the Iowa Speedway on June 24th.
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
For additional information on Milka please visit www.milkaduno.com.