DUNO SCORES HIGHEST DAYTONA 24 FINISH IN ROLEX ERA Duno's 8th Overall is Highest for Female Driver at Daytona 24 Since Rolex Series Inception February 1, 2006--Milka Duno's 8th-place overall finish at the 2006 Rolex 24 At Daytona last weekend...
DUNO SCORES HIGHEST DAYTONA 24 FINISH IN ROLEX ERA
Duno's 8th Overall is Highest for Female Driver at Daytona 24 Since Rolex Series Inception
February 1, 2006--Milka Duno's 8th-place overall finish at the 2006 Rolex 24 At Daytona last weekend is the highest finish for a female driver in the Rolex Series era. Duno also joins an elite list of only five women to finish in the top-ten overall in the event's 44-year history.
Duno, Dario Franchitti, Marino Franchitti and Kevin McGarrity took their No. 7 CITGO/SAMAX Pontiac-powered Riley Mk XI as high as second overall before a drive-shaft failure and a broken right-rear suspension put them behind the wall 7 hours and 55 minutes into the 24-hour race. After 55 minutes in the garage for repairs the team was back on track and charging hard to regain position. The four drivers shared their duties equally for the 24-hour classic - driving six hours each. Duno was behind the wheel for the final stint and took the checkered flag eighth overall.
Duno joins Lyn St. James, Lilian Bryner, Kathy Rude and Kim Hiskey as one of only five women to finish in the top-ten overall in over four decades of 24 Hours of Daytona competition.
Duno, in only two Rolex Series seasons, has three career Rolex Series overall wins, six podiums, nine top-five finishes and seventeen top-ten finishes.
When Duno won the Rolex Series Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Feb 2004 she became the first woman in history to score an overall win in a major sports car race in North America. She scored her second overall win at the same track nine months later - in Sept 2004 and scored her third overall win last year at Mont-Tremblant.
Duno finished the 2004 season 5th in the Driver Point Standings and the 2005 Season 8th in the Driver Point Standings. She is the only regular full season female competitor in the highest class of the Rolex Series and is the first woman to drive and score points in the Daytona Prototype class.