Phoenix: CITGO Racing preview

CITGO RACING CARRIES MOMENTUM TO PHOENIX Olivier Beretta to join Duno and Team at PIR May 9, 2006, Los Angeles, CA -- Fresh from a 7th place finish at Laguna Seca in ...

CITGO RACING CARRIES MOMENTUM TO PHOENIX
Olivier Beretta to join Duno and Team at PIR

May 9, 2006, Los Angeles, CA -- Fresh from a 7th place finish at Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA last weekend, Milka Duno and the CITGO Racing team travel to Phoenix with high hopes for another strong finish at the Gainsco Grand Prix at Phoenix International Raceway this week - May 11-13, 2006.

Duno and the CITGO Racing crew scored their 2nd top-ten finish of the season on Laguna Seca's 2.238-mile road course and will now work hard to set up their new #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley for the 1.51-mile course at PIR -- which uses part of the track's one-mile oval.

Corvette Racing driver and four-time 24 Hours of Le Mans class winner Olivier Beretta will join Milka and CITGO Racing at PIR for the first of their races together. It will be Beretta's first race in the Daytona Prototype.

"We bring with us to Phoenix a lot of positive momentum from our result at Laguna Seca and I'm really looking forward to my first race with Olivier," said Milka. "We've all done a lot of work since debuting the new chassis at Virginia and we're hoping to continue to improve with each outing. Olivier will bring with him a lot of experience to the CITGO Racing effort and we're all anxious to work with him and welcome him to the team."

A strong believer in the value of education, Milka, a qualified Naval Engineer with four master's degrees, feels a responsibility to help promote the importance of a strong educational background and will get that chance this week in Phoenix. Milka, together with GAINSCO/Blackhawk Racing driver Jon Fogarty, will visit the Metro Tech High School in Phoenix on Wednesday, May 10 to speak to and interact with the students as part of the APS Power Players Program.

The APS Power Players Program, launched in April 2005, supports and enhances the Arizona Character Education Foundation to promote character education throughout the state. APS Power Players is a historical partnership between APS, the Arizona Character Education Foundation and the state's five major professional sports teams - the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Phoenix Suns, the Phoenix Mercury, the Arizona Cardinals, and the Phoenix Coyotes. Through this unique collaboration, sports clinics and school assemblies are used to help teach kids the basic principles of character using the Character Counts "Six Pillars of Character" -- trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

The Gainsco Grand Prix at PIR is round seven of the 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series Championship. The evening race on Saturday, May 13 will begin at 7pm MT and will air tape-delayed on the SPEED Channel the following day - Sunday, May 14 at 3pm ET. Live timing and scoring will be available at www.grandamerican.com.

-citgo.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Milka Duno , Jon Fogarty , Olivier Beretta
Teams Corvette Racing