MILKA DUNO MAKES HER INDYCAR SERIES ROAD COURSE DEBUT AT CAMPING WORLD GRAN PRIX AT THE GLEN JULY 6
WATKINS GLEN, NY (July 8, 2008) – Milka Duno made her IndyCar Series road course debut this weekend. She utilized every moment on the track to learn and gain experience. Session after session, her lap times improved. She only had the opportunity to drive her #23 CITGO Racing Dallara Honda car during 30 laps earlier this year on the short course at Sebring International Raceway.
Duno was maintaining a consistent pace during Sunday’s race at Watkins Glen International, and she was on her way to accomplishing her goal of finishing her first road course race. Duno’s impressive effort was stopped due to an incident with car #2, driven by A.J. Foyt IV, while running under yellow on Lap 48.
As the car field bottle-knecked at one point, Duno had a very good reaction in order to avoid an incident. But A.J. Foyt IV was caught off guard, and he slammed into the back of Duno’s car. The two cars came together in the guardrail, coming out of Turn 8.
"I am very disappointed, said Duno. “We only had 12 laps to go. The whole driver field was checked in and running under yellow, waiting for the green flag. This is when I felt the hit from behind from car #2. My rear suspension was damaged, and unfortunately I had to leave the race."
Duno will continue to gain experience with the Dreyer Reinbold Team and prepare for her next road course – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Prior to that, Duno will race at Nashville Superspeedway July 12.
The Glen proved positive for Duno’s teammate Buddy Rice, who made his best finish with the 2008 IndyCar Series season at 4th place.
Duno is the only female Hispanic to be racing in the IndyCar Series and was the only female driver to finish at the 2008 Indianapolis 500. Her list of accomplishments in racing is as important as her vast education. Duno is a certified Naval Engineer who holds four master’s degrees.