MILKA DUNO TO MISS NASHVILLE RACE
LEBANON, Tenn. (July 12, 2007) – Damage sustained to the #23 CITGO Racing Dallara Honda in a crash in turn four today at the Nashville Superspeedway will cause IndyCar Series rookie Milka Duno and the SAMAX Motorsport team to miss Saturday night’s Firestone Indy 200. Duno was uninjured in the accident. Unfortunately it was determined that the #23 CITGO Racing car is not repairable in Nashville.
Duno arrived at the Nashville Superspeedway on Wednesday, July 11, to get some track time in preparation for what would have been her sixth IndyCar Series appearance. This was also the IndyCar rookie’s first look at the 1.3 mile race track.
The team called on Tomas Enge to assist in setting up the car for the shortest of the superspeedways. No stranger to SAMAX Motorsport, Enge has been a driver with the team in the Grand-Am Series and has significant experience in the IndyCar Series.
The Nashville Superspeedway is known as a very bumpy race track; however, both Duno and Enge commented on how well the car performed after only a few laps on the D-shaped oval on Wednesday. Enge posted a top speed of 195.2 mph before handing the car over to Duno who then ran comfortably at 194.9 mph.
Milka Duno’s Comments:
Team Principal Peter Baron’s Comments:
Tomas Enge’s Comments:
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.