Milka Duno Finishes Early Due to Injury at Richmond International Raceway
RICHMOND (June 30, 2007) – IndyCar rookie driver Milka Duno finished early tonight at the Richmond International Raceway after starting in 19th position in her #23 CITGO Racing Dallara Honda. Duno exited at lap 80 as a result of an injury from a crash the day before during practice. It became clear that her right wrist and elbow were affected and she could not maintain the strength necessary to finish the 250 lap event.
“Because qualifying was cancelled by rain, this was my first time back driving the car after my accident yesterday and until I was racing I didn’t realize how sore my right arm was,” said Duno. “This is a very physical track and it was very difficult to handle the car, and unfortunately we couldn’t finish the race.”
“Milka made a gallant effort tonight”, said Team Principal Peter Baron. “This is an extremely difficult race track for a rookie and I don’t think any of us realized that Milka had hurt her arm when she hit the wall yesterday. She made great improvements throughout the weekend and with the benefit of more testing she will continue to learn and develop as a driver.”
Duno’s sixth IndyCar appearance will be at the Nashville SuperSpeedway on Saturday, July 14.
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 www.citgo.com.
For additional information on Milka please visit www.milkaduno.com.