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Duno and Beretta Team Again for Birmingham Race July 24, 2006, Los Angeles, CA...Milka Duno will be joined yet again with Corvette Racing driver Olivier Beretta for the Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park...

Duno and Beretta Team Again for Birmingham Race

July 24, 2006, Los Angeles, CA...Milka Duno will be joined yet again with Corvette Racing driver Olivier Beretta for the Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama this July 28-30, 2006. Milka and Olivier will put the #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley on the track starting with a Promoter Test Day on Thursday, July 27.

This will be Milka and Olivier's third race of the 2006 season and Olivier's first visit to the Deep South circuit. Milka has raced twice before at Barber in the Daytona Prototype -- scoring a top-ten with a sixth-place finish in 2004.

The Barber Motorsports Park, with 720 acres of manicured landscape, one-of-kind sculptures and wooded surroundings, is considered by many to be one of the best road courses in the United States. The 2.38-mile track is 45' wide, features 16 turns and 80' of elevation change.

Milka Duno

"I always enjoy racing in the South -- and the track at Barber is one of the newest tracks on the schedule. It will be valuable to race again with Olivier because we work very well together and it is always a learning experience. This will be our third race together this year and maybe, as they say, 'the third time's a charm!' We've all been working very hard and I've got a good feeling about this race."

Olivier Beretta

"This will be my first experience at the Barber track. I always like to go to a track that I don't know because it is something new. Hopefully we will get a good result. The team is trying to do its best every time we go on the track. It is a new team, so everything must be learned little by little. This will be my third race with the team, and I am looking forward to it.

The Daytona Prototype is totally different from the cars I am used to driving in GT1 and Formula 1. It's a different animal because you don't do a lot of testing. I don't have a lot of background driving the Daytona Prototype and there is not a lot of practice time during an event. It's the same for everyone, of course, but the difference is that some teams have raced these cars for several years and have a great deal of experience.

We are on a learning curve and everyone on the team is very motivated. This is a learning year, and we'll see what is possible in the future."

-citgo

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