CITGO RACING'S LAGUNA SECA RACE REPORT Hard Work Earns Duno and Team 7th Place Finish May 7, 2006, Los Angeles, CA - The hard work of the last few weeks have paid off for Milka Duno and the CITGO Racing team as...
CITGO RACING'S LAGUNA SECA RACE REPORT
Hard Work Earns Duno and Team 7th Place Finish
May 7, 2006, Los Angeles, CA - The hard work of the last few weeks have paid off for Milka Duno and the CITGO Racing team as they crossed the finish line in 7th place in today's US Sports Car Invitational at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, CA. Duno, Laguna Seca teammate Marc Goossens and the CITGO Racing crew hit the track with their new #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley for round six of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.
With each race of the 2006 championship season the competition increases and the race today at Laguna Seca was no exception. In a very competitive and challenging race Duno, Goossens and the CITGO Racing team successfully navigated and strategized their way through multiple mishaps by competitors - which caused seven caution periods in the 2-hour and 45-minute sprint race. As a result of their desire and determination Duno and CITGO Racing scored their second top-ten of the new season.
Milka started today's race behind the wheel of the team's new Riley chassis 11th on the grid in a field of 44 competitors. In the first 22 laps of the race Milka was able to fight her way into the top-ten and on the 2nd caution of the race handed the car over to the CITGO crew and waiting teammate Goossens.
Goossens would see five more caution periods during his stint in the car and in very exciting final lap action was able to take the checkered flag in the 7th position.
"It was another great race for us. We've been working so hard with the new chassis and equipment to get everything just right - and it looks like we're headed in the right direction. We still have plenty of work in front of us and hopefully we'll keep improving with each race. This was my first race with our new engineer, Steve Challis, and with teammate Marc Goossens and we had a great result. Many thanks to both of them and to the entire CITGO crew. "
"The car is still pretty difficult; we need to work a lot more on it to make it more competitive. But we had a good baseline and we knew what the problem was, so we could drive around it today. I had a pretty good stint until I came into the pits to get some tires and fuel. I just came in a bit too enthusiastic, I guess. I hit the brakes on the concrete part of it and hit the wall. We were P7 then, dropped back to 19th and fought our way back up to seventh at the end thanks to some yellows and being in the pack. If I had been seventh after that one stop, I don't think I could have maintained that position because we didn't have the same speed as the others. But at the end, because they were fighting, they just opened the way for me."
Corvette Racing driver Olivier Beretta will join Milka for the next stop on CITGO Racing's 2006 schedule -- the Gainsco Grand Prix at Phoenix International Raceway May 11-13, 2006.