Milka Duno and CITGO Racing join IndyCar Series
Mar 23, 2007
MIAMI, Fla. (March 23, 2007) – Milka Duno, the first woman in history to win a major international sportscar race in North America, and CITGO Racing, announced today at Homestead-Miami Speedway that they will compete in the 2007 IndyCar Series with SAMAX Motorsport. Duno will drive the No. 23 CITGO Racing/SAMAX Motorsport Dallara/Honda/Firestone in ten IndyCar Series events this season, including the 91st
Duno joined Felix Rodriguez, president and CEO of CITGO Petroleum Corp., Peter Baron, team principal of SAMAX Motorsport, and Tony George, founder and CEO of the Indy Racing League, in announcing the sponsor and team plans to field an entry in the 2007 IndyCar Series season.
Although the team is new to the series, SAMAX Motorsport’s IndyCar crew members area an experienced group with most having been part of an
“This is a dream come true for me. I’ve always wanted to race in the
“I am very proud of Milka’s accomplishments as a member of the great CITGO family and as a fellow Venezuelan. We certainly look forward to her continued success in this new phase of her career.” said CITGO President and CEO Félix Rodríguez.”
“I would like to personally thank CITGO and Milka for their continued support and faith in our program. We know this effort, with a new sponsor, driver and team will not be easy, but we are thrilled to have this opportunity and will work our hardest to give Milka the necessary tools to succeed on track. I feel we have done a tremendous job creating a team with the perfect mix of “Indy talent” and team members that have worked with Milka from the beginning. Milka is already at home with the team which is the foundation from where all the growth and success begins.”
Duno begins her IndyCar Series campaign after three successful years competing in the Grand American Rolex Series. During her rookie season in 2004, Duno became the first woman in history to win a major international sportscar race in
In her first race of the 2007 Rolex season, Milka recorded a second place finish in the legendary Rolex 24 of Daytona, posting the highest finish ever by a female driver in the 45-year history of the race. It was also the highest finish by a female driver in a major race at Daytona International Speedway. Currently, Duno is third in the driver standings and will be competing in her last scheduled Rolex Series race at
Saturday, March 24 at 2 p.m. EDT. She will be driving the No. 11 CITGO Racing Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype in the Grand Prix of Miami along with teammate Patrick Carpentier.
CITGO, based in
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