Long Beach: Milka Duno race report

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Segment on Duno and "Milka Way" to Air Nationally Wednesday Morning on Univision's "Despierta America" LOS ANGELES, CA (April 20, 2010) - IZOD IndyCar Driver Milka Duno's race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach ended prematurely due to ...

Segment on Duno and "Milka Way" to Air Nationally Wednesday Morning on Univision's "Despierta America"

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 20, 2010) - IZOD IndyCar Driver Milka Duno's race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach ended prematurely due to handling issues. The 85-lap race on the streets of downtown Long Beach, CA was Duno's fourth race of the 2010 IndyCar season on a track that she had yet to compete on in an Indy car.

"I'm very disappointed that we didn't generate the results that we had hoped for and I know the team is disappointed as well," said Duno. "Dale Coyne and his crew worked so very hard and together we have learned a lot with these first four races that will help us going forward."

"The past two months have been a hurried road course learning experience for all of us," commented Dale Coyne. "I think Milka and the team have learned a great deal which will be helpful for this summer's stint of road course events."

While in Southern California and just prior to on-track activities for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Duno, through her "Milka Way" program, partnered with Cal State University to reach, motivate and inspire students in the area.

Duno spoke with students at both Hollenbeck Middle School in East LA and at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona on Wednesday, April 14, 2010.

Duno, through her "Milka Way" program, strives to inspire students of all ages to "Aim for the Stars" and achieve academic excellence and has taken this message across the USA and around the world to help motivate students and help them understand the importance and value of education. In addition to events in the USA, Duno has spoken with children and students in Malaysia, Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

A qualified Naval Engineer, Duno has four master's degrees - in Organizational Development, Naval Architecture, Aquaculture and Maritime Business - earning the last three degrees simultaneously.

"I am very passionate about education and I want to do everything that I can to inspire students to study hard and aim for the stars!"

The California State University is partnering with several corporations and community organizations in programs that inform parents and children about how to prepare for college. Through these programs parents and students learn that mathematics and science are the keys to college preparation.

"We are excited that Milka took time before the start of her racing activities in Long Beach to urge students to use mathematics and science as the path to college," CSU Senior Director of External Affairs, Jorge Haynes said. "Her book is a compelling story of how a young woman can achieve the highest levels of success in school and sports."

At Cal Poly, Duno chatted with President Ortiz and with students from several engineering clubs on campus. "Milka Duno is a great example and spokesperson for academic success," said Cal Poly Pomona President, J. Michael Ortiz. "We welcome her to our campus."

At Hollenbeck Middle School, Duno spoke to students in the Great Minds in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) project, a partnership of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Cal State LA and the CSU Chancellor's Office. The goal of the project is to stimulate interest in the STEM fields starting in the fourth grade.

Univision's hugely popular morning program "Despierta America" followed Duno on her visit with the children at Hollenbeck Middle School and the segment will air on Despierta America on Wednesday morning, April 21, 2010.

-source: milka duno PR

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