Birmingham: CITGO Racing race report

Duno and Beretta Fight Back to 17th Overall July 30, 2006, Los Angeles, CA...Milka Duno, Olivier Beretta and the CITGO Racing squad did their best to overcome a lap 1 incident that took them out of contention for a podium at today's Porsche 250...

Duno and Beretta Fight Back to 17th Overall

July 30, 2006, Los Angeles, CA...Milka Duno, Olivier Beretta and the CITGO Racing squad did their best to overcome a lap 1 incident that took them out of contention for a podium at today's Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park. Coming back from a low of 38th overall Milka, Olivier and the crew were able to take the #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley to 17th overall by race end.

Starting today's race 11th on the grid, Olivier was able to jump up to 7th in turn 1 of the first lap of the 93-lap competition, when contact at turn 5 with another Daytona Prototype put Olivier and the #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley in the pits for repairs during the first caution of the day.

The crew quickly made repairs and the car was back on track -- only to be brought to the pits again several minutes later to put on a new nose. At approximately 21 minutes into the race Olivier and the #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley were back into the pits having been assessed a two-minute penalty for what the organizers deemed was "avoidable contact" during the first lap incident - and then a "stop and go penalty" for a pit lane speed violation.

Duno took the wheel on lap 36 and in 30th overall and was able to continue to advance the effort an additional 13 positions to a 17th place overall finish.

Milka Duno

"We had some back luck today right at the start of the race. This can be very demoralizing and hard to overcome for many teams and drivers -- but not us. We fought back as hard as we could and not a one of us "lifted" in our effort toward the best possible result we could achieve given the circumstances."

Olivier Beretta

"The week has been good. We were always improving -- we were good on Friday and we were quick in the wet. I started the race and I had a very good start. Unfortunately, I had contact with another car, we got a penalty and the race was over. But the practice was good and we were improving all the time. We showed the car was not so bad!

-citgo racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Milka Duno , Olivier Beretta