Homestead: Milka Duno race report

MILKA DUNO FINISHES 4TH IN HER LAST SPORTSCAR RAC BEFORE STARTING INDY RACING LEAGUE Duno Jumps to IndyCar While 3rd in Rolex Series Driver Points MIAMI, Fla. (March 24, 2007) - Milka Duno and her teammate Patrick Carpentier scored a 4th place...

MILKA DUNO FINISHES 4TH IN HER LAST SPORTSCAR RAC BEFORE STARTING INDY RACING LEAGUE

Duno Jumps to IndyCar While 3rd in Rolex Series Driver Points

MIAMI, Fla. (March 24, 2007) - Milka Duno and her teammate Patrick Carpentier scored a 4th place finish in today's Rolex Series Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway. With the strong finish both Duno and Carpentier are tied for 3rd in the official Driver Point Standings for the Series.

Milka started the race in the #11 CITGO Racing Pontiac Riley in 16th and reached as high as 9th when she pitted to hand over the controls to Patrick. Closing the gap lap per lap Patrick steadily moved up until reaching 4th -- only one position away from a coveted podium position. From lap 69 on he fought hard and ended the race only a heart-breaking 0.297 seconds behind the 3rd place finisher.

Milka Duno

"It was a great finish -- Patrick was awesome as he fought hard for position and it was outstanding that we finished 4th. Knowing this would be my last scheduled sportscar race in 2007 and at my home track on the weekend of our big announcement -- it was very special to me, the team and all our friends and supporters from CITGO. The team worked so incredibly hard as always -- and as this track is their home track as well -- it was great to have all their family and friends here also. I can't imagine a more perfect scenario to begin the new challenges while at the same time having such a great result in our Rolex race.

Patrick Carpentier

"That was a great race and it was a lot of fun," said Carpentier. "The car was running well for most of the race, except at the end when it started to overheat a little bit. I think there must have been some debris in the radiators and that caused the problem. The engine lost a bit of power then, but Scott (Pruett) made no mistake at the end even when I was pressuring him. Overall, the SAMAX crew came up with a great fuel strategy and their effort during the pit stops was flawless. Fourth place was great today as we had to charge the field throughout the race, and I think it pleased the CITGO VIPs who enjoyed the team's efforts."

This is Milka's last scheduled 2007 Rolex Series race as she will now enter her rookie season in the Indy Racing League. Milka announced at a packed press conference at the track on Friday that she and CITGO Racing and SAMAX Motorsport will enter a ten-race schedule in the 2007 Indy Racing League -- which will include the 2007 Indy 500. Milka will drive the #23 CITGO Racing/SAMAX Motorsport Dallara/Honda/Firestone. She also plans to compete at Kansas, Texas, Iowa, Watkins Glen, Nashville, Mid Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Chicago.

-credit: citgo racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Milka Duno , Patrick Carpentier