Duno Punted from Behind, CITGO Racing Out on Lap Two June 29, 2006, Los Angeles, CA...Milka Duno, Stefan Johansson and the CITGO Racing team's Daytona effort ended very prematurely when their ...
Duno Punted from Behind, CITGO Racing Out on Lap Two
June 29, 2006, Los Angeles, CA...Milka Duno, Stefan Johansson and the CITGO Racing team's Daytona effort ended very prematurely when their #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley was forcefully punted from behind -- on lap 2 -- at this evening's Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway. After good results in the two practice session leading up to this evening's race both the drivers and crew were hopeful for at least a top-ten finish -- but luck was simply not on their side.
The grid for the 70-lap summer classic was determined by team points and Milka started in the 8th row and in the 15th position. On lap 2, at turn 3, Milka was hit very hard from behind and sent -- literally - on top of the car in front of her. Thankfully, Duno climbed from the car unhurt but very disappointed. The damage to the car was serious -- requiring a tow to the team's garage. The car had suffered a race-ending broken right- rear suspension and was officially retired on lap 21.
"Luck has just not been on our side for the last few races. We come to each race very prepared and with a great car - and with a very real chance for great results. But for one reason or another -- like tonight -- something happens that no amount of skill, experience or preparation can overcome. You simply cannot win a race without a little bit of luck. I feel bad for the team who work exceptionally hard all the time, and for Stefan -- who didn't even get in the car."
"It's obviously very disappointing to be out this early in the race. I think we would have had a reasonably good chance today; the car was good in the practice. It's just always disappointing when you drop out this early."
After two races in six days, Milka and the CITGO Racing team will get a much deserved break from race action. Their next Rolex Sports Car Series competition will be a month away at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama July 28-30, 2006.