Duno Tests Strong at Daytona for 2007 Rolex 24 Challenge 11 Pontiac Riley 2nd Quickest Friday Night
January 11, 2007, Los Angeles, CA...CITGO Racing driver Milka Duno and her co-drivers for the 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona have completed their third and final test for this month's 24 hour race at Daytona. Patrick Carpentier, Darren Manning and Ryan Dalziel will join Duno for the 45th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona at Daytona International Speedway this January 27 & 28, 2007.
The Daytona test was considered a huge success due to the consistent ability of the drivers and crew to improve the lap times in each and every practice session. In fact, on last Friday's final session of the day Carpentier, in the #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley, scored the 2nd fastest in the session.
Out of a total of eight practice sessions, spread over three days, the CITGO Racing drivers and crew completed six full sessions - ending with the last session on Friday night. The team did not participate in the remaining two on-track sessions on Saturday due to a mechanical failure, electing instead to continue working on other improvements on the car in the team's garage.
"It was a very solid test for us and I'm very pleased with our progress. Although we lost the last two sessions we had already met our objectives and we're right where we wanted to be. We increased our performance and the car's with each and every session and we continued to come together really very well as a team."
"I really enjoyed this test. It was good to work with all the other drivers. They worked on the car and really improved it, so I was really pleased when I got back in for the night session. It was fast and the rear stayed under me the whole time, which is important for the race. The Hasselgren-Pontiac engine is strong and we ran one for more than hours. It was also great to be with all the guys I used to race with, like Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Dixon, Dan Wheldon, Scott Pruett and Paul Tracy - just to name a few."
"It was more of a test with the amount of cars on the track. It was a little bit frustrating not being able to get so many fast laps in, but having said that, we were still very fast running in traffic -- which is what we concentrated on because that's what the race will be like. So we're pretty happy with where we stand but know we have some improvements to come. Not only are we going to be fast, I think we're going to be strong for the whole of the race -- having four strong drivers. Everybody was comfortable in the car and we made it better over the three days. We did a lot of race set up work rather than go-fast set up work - should be very good!"
"I'm really looking forward to the '24hr'. We had a very good test and we proved that our CITGO car is very fast. I'm also looking forward to having a successful race with Milka, Darren and Patrick. It's such a great racing event and I love the atmosphere of the entire 24-hours."
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