MILKA DUNO SCORES HIGHEST FINISH IN 45 YEAR HISTORY OF THE 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA Duno Earns Highest Finish Ever for Female Driver in Legendary Daytona Race January 28, 2007, Los Angeles, CA...After a virtually flawless 24-hour performance Milka...
MILKA DUNO SCORES HIGHEST FINISH IN 45 YEAR HISTORY OF THE 24 HOURS OF
Duno Earns Highest Finish Ever for Female Driver in Legendary Daytona Race
January 28, 2007, Los Angeles, CA...After a virtually flawless 24-hour performance Milka Duno and the CITGO Racing team delivered an outstanding 2nd place overall finish at this weekend's Rolex 24 At Daytona. Series officials have confirmed that Duno's podium appearance today marks the highest finish for a female driver in the 45 year history of the 24 Hours of Daytona at Daytona International Speedway.
Duno and co-drivers Patrick Carpentier, Darren Manning and Ryan Dalziel, in their #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley, started the internationally renowned endurance race 5th on the grid of seventy world class competitors and took the checkered flag 24 hours later in 2nd place overall.
In arguably one of the most talented fields of drivers in the event's history -- a field of all-star drivers with combined accomplishments that include five NASCAR Nextel Cup championships, six Indy 500 wins, five IndyCar championships and one Champ Car World Series championship -- with names such as Juan Pablo Montoya, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Dan Wheldon, Sam Hornish, Jr. and Helio Castroneves -- the CITGO Racing team of Duno, Carpentier, Manning and Dalziel finished ahead of all but one.
With today's 2nd place finish Duno advanced her previous "personal best" of an 8th place overall finish at the 2006 Rolex 24 At Daytona -- which was at the time the highest overall finish by a female driver in the Rolex era.
"Our 2nd place finish today is certainly one of the highlights of my racing career so far. It was a complete team effort from start to finish and I can't thank my teammates Patrick, Darren and Ryan enough -- or the incredible performance of the entire CITGO Racing team and SAMAX Motorsports. While I am very proud and honored to be the highest finishing female driver ever in such a legendary race -- I am most proud and thankful of my co-drivers and crew for their spectacular performance and our great effort together as a team!"