Mexico City: Milka Duno preview

Duno, Carpentier and Team Carry Momentum from 2nd Place Finish at Rolex 24 At Daytona February 27, 2007, Los Angeles, CA...Milka Duno and co-driver Patrick Carpentier are heading south to compete in the second round of the 2007 Rolex Sports Car...

Duno, Carpentier and Team Carry Momentum from 2nd Place Finish at Rolex 24 At Daytona

February 27, 2007, Los Angeles, CA...Milka Duno and co-driver Patrick Carpentier are heading south to compete in the second round of the 2007 Rolex Sports Car Series at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City this Saturday, March 3, 2007.

Duno and her 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona teammates Patrick Carpentier, Darren Manning and Ryan Dalziel took their #11 Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype to a 2nd-place finish after a nearly flawless performance over the grueling 24-hour race on January 22 and 28.

The strong finish was especially significant for Duno as she earned the highest finish by a female driver in the event's 45-year history -- as well as the highest finish by a female driver in a major race at the famed Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL.

The Mexico City road course is 2.5 miles long and over the three days of activity Duno, Carpentier and the crew will be involved in two practice sessions on Thursday, a practice and qualifying session on Friday, and a final practice before the race on Saturday.

Duno was invited by the series and the circuit to conduct a media tour in Mexico City last Wednesday to promote this weekend's event. By all indications the tour generated much media attention -- with an estimated 70 journalists attending the press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe in Mexico City.

Milka Duno

"The event in Mexico City has very quickly become one of my favorite races each year. The fans are so incredibly supportive and really very knowledgeable about our racing. It's such great fun to race with them and to see them in the paddock and in the stands. We've got a lot of positive energy with us from our success at Daytona that we will carry with us and the team has been working very hard. I think Patrick will really enjoy his return to Mexico and it will be great to share that with him. We had a taste of victory in our last race so I know we'll be doing all that we can to succeed in Mexico!"

Patrick Carpentier

"I'm looking forward to this race. I haven't been to Mexico in a while -- the last time was with Champ Car. I like the idea that we will not go through the stadium and take the fast corner before the last one. I've always enjoyed fast corners. It will also be good to see the team again. Now the regular season is really starting!"

-credit: citgo racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Milka Duno , Ryan Dalziel , Patrick Carpentier