Milka Duno Homestead test summary

MILKA DUNO COMPLETES HOMESTEAD TEST FOR 2007 ROLEX 24 Carpentier is Teammate for Race, Full Driver Line Up TBA December 7, 2006, Los Angeles, CA...Milka Duno completed a two-day test this week at her "hometown track" of Homestead-Miami...

MILKA DUNO COMPLETES HOMESTEAD TEST FOR 2007 ROLEX 24
Carpentier is Teammate for Race, Full Driver Line Up TBA

December 7, 2006, Los Angeles, CA...Milka Duno completed a two-day test this week at her "hometown track" of Homestead-Miami Speedway with teammate Patrick Carpentier in preparation for the first race of the 2007 Rolex Sports Car Series season -- the Rolex 24 At Daytona in late January, 2007.

The SAMAX Motorsport team tested the #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype with Milka and her co-driver - open-wheel veteran Patrick Carpentier -- along with several drivers vying for a spot on the four-driver team for the 53rd Rolex 24.

The two day test, on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, was the second of three test sessions for Duno and Carpentier in the #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype for their challenge at the 24-hour classic at Daytona International Speedway. The third test session will occur at Daytona over a three day period -- January 4, 5 & 6.

The Homestead test was very successful as the #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley was scored 2nd fastest at the end of Tuesday's test sessions and 4th fastest in the combined times of both days of testing.

Peter Baron, SAMAX Motorsport Team Owner

"It was a perfect test. The main objectives of the test were to finalize the line-up for the 24 and evaluate the new compound Hoosier tire. We were absolutely delighted with the people we evaluated and will announce who they are later. Our current engineering team was not in place the last time the series was at Homestead, so this was their first look at the track and first time on a new compound Hoosier tire. The entire team did a phenomenal job.

We came with a car that was fast as soon as it hit the track, and basically spent 2 days on top the time charts only with the exceptions of a few teams putting on new tires late in the cool afternoon with the goal of unseating our top position. We stuck to our testing plan and didn't let our egos lead to distraction. We are quite confident that we could have posted a lap time that would leave the field scratching their heads. The chemistry with the entire team is just fantastic. The start of the 24 can't come quick enough for us!"

Milka Duno

"The test went really well and we definitely increased momentum. The crew worked really hard and we gained from our performance in the previous test. It was great to be on the track again at Homestead and it was very nice to see some hometown fans at the track. I'm sure we'll all be working hard to improve even more for our next test at Daytona!"

Patrick Carpentier

"This is a great team to drive for. They are very professional in their approach to racing, and they come ready with a well prepared car. The car was great coming out of the trailer. We tested some components, but it did not change much as the car was already well balanced. It's quite a treat compared to my last season in IRL where the package was not competitive."

-credit: hc

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