CITGO Racing's Grand Prix of Miami Post Race Report March 27, 2006--The CITGO Racing by SAMAX team had a tough hometown race at Homestead Miami Speedway Saturday evening. Milka Duno started the No. 11 Pontiac-powered Riley Mk XI from 23rd on...
CITGO Racing's Grand Prix of Miami Post Race Report
March 27, 2006--The CITGO Racing by SAMAX team had a tough hometown race at Homestead Miami Speedway Saturday evening. Milka Duno started the No. 11 Pontiac-powered Riley Mk XI from 23rd on the 47-car grid for the two-hour 45-minute Rolex Sports Car Series race.
Duno advanced several positions before handing off to Marino Franchitti 53 minutes into the race. Franchitti moved up two positions before a spin put him into a gravel trap. The unfortunate off-track excursion ended the team's hope for a good result, but they continued to fight very hard to finish 23rd overall and in class.
Milka Duno: "The race was very difficult. It was hard to see inside and many cars went off, so outside [the racing line] the track was very dirty. It made the conditions very difficult to drive. I was lucky two or three times when cars spun in front of me -- I avoided them but I had to go onto the dirty part of the track. It was a very difficult race and I'm sorry we didn't have a better result especially because I had a lot of friends here to support me, but that can happen in racing. Sometimes we win here; sometimes we don't. We'll have a better race next time."
Marino Franchitti: "The car was a lot better in the race. After the restart, everybody was queued up and it was just my mistake, I jumped on the brakes as the traffic slowed up. I spun and put two wheels in the gravel. I'm frustrated with myself because I made a mistake and I'm frustrated with the corner workers because it took so long to get me out of the gravel. I guess, on to [the next race in] Long Beach!"
For additional information on Milka Duno please visit www.milkaduno.com. More information on Marino Franchitti is available at www.marinofranchitti.com.
CITGO, based in Houston, Texas is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals, refined waxes, asphalt and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information on CITGO visit www.citgo.com.