September 21, 2004 - CITGO Racing's Milka Duno, fresh off her second win of the season with Andy Wallace last weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, will compete in the 10-hour Petit Le Mans endurance race on Saturday, September 25 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. She is slated to drive the #30 Lola B2K/40 P2 Le Mans Prototype (LMP) for Intersport Racing with co-drivers Clint Field of Dublin, Ohio and Robin Liddell of Edinburgh, Scotland.
"It will be great to race again at the Petit Le Mans and with a championship team like Intersport Racing," said Duno. "I raced with Intersport at the Grand Prix of Washington, DC in 2002, and it was a great experience. They have a very dedicated and hard-working squad with an amazing record so far this year. I'm really looking forward to driving with Clint and Robin and I hope that together we can help deliver another win for CITGO and Intersport."
The Petit Le Mans is one of the biggest races on the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) calendar and will provide a different challenge for Duno, as she steps from a closed cockpit Daytona Prototype in the Rolex Sports Car Series, to a LMP open cockpit machine for the weekend. Petit Le Mans is a ten-hour endurance event that begins at 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, September 25, and ends at 10:00 p.m. EST. The format of the race consists of 1,000 miles (394 laps) or a ten-hour limit - whichever comes first.
Duno's last race in a LMP car came earlier this year at the 12 Hours of Sebring, where a gearbox failure ended her run two hours from the checkered flag, denying her and CITGO Racing a possible fifth place finish. Before her move to the Rolex Sports Car Series this season, Duno was a series regular in the ALMS from 2000-2002, capturing victory in the LMP 675 class at the Petit Le Mans in 2001. In that same year Milka finished 2nd in the ALMS Driver Point standings in the LMP 675 class.
Field and Liddell are currently 2nd in the ALMS Team Championship Points standings with 4 race wins and they are tied for 3rd in Driver Championship Points. Their Intersport team also captured an impressive class win at this year's prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans in Le Mans, France.
A regular in the Rolex Sports Car Series, Duno became the first woman in history to win a major sports car race in North America, when she and teammate Andy Wallace won the Grand Prix of Miami for CITGO Racing earlier this season. Last weekend in Homestead, Fla., the duo repeated their historic feat, taking the checkered flag at the Miami 250 for their second win of the season. Duno is currently ranked fourth in the Rolex Sports Car Series Driver Point standings, with two race wins, four Top-5 finishes and seven Top-10 finishes - in nine races.
CITGO, based in Houston, Texas, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals, refined waxes, asphalt and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos 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 Duno, visit her website at www.milkaduno.com.