Duno, Carpentier and CITGO Team Roll "7 for 11" at Sonoma August 26, 2006, Los Angeles, CA...Milka Duno, Patrick Carpentier and the CITGO Racing crew earned a top-ten at today's Sonoma 250 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA with a strong 7th...
Duno, Carpentier and CITGO Team Roll "7 for 11" at Sonoma
August 26, 2006, Los Angeles, CA...Milka Duno, Patrick Carpentier and the CITGO Racing crew earned a top-ten at today's Sonoma 250 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA with a strong 7th place finish. The #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype reached podium territory by advancing as high as 3rd, and remained in the top-five for many laps before eventually taking the checkered flag 7th overall.
Carpentier started today's race 13th on the grid and charged to 4th before handing the car off to Duno on lap 24 during the first caution of the race. Duno kept the effort safe and trouble-free before handing the car back to Carpentier during the second caution period. Carpentier continued his charge up the field and into the top-five, but needed to make a final "splash and dash" pit stop under green flag conditions for enough fuel to finish -- which sent him back down to 9th. With ten laps remaining Carpentier was able to advance to 7th.
"The CITGO Racing team has been working very hard all season and we really put forth a strong effort with our 7th place finish today. It was wonderful to race with Patrick for the first time and we all worked very well together. What really made today's race even more special is that we had a large group of guests from CITGO attending and cheering us on! It was great to have them here and to be able to deliver to them an exciting race with a strong finish!"
"I'm very happy. I've been off on my farm for quite some time and I've been enjoying my newborn baby and my daughter. But it was great to get the call to come back to racing. Milka was very nice. We both seemed to like the same thing in the car and she really progressed throughout the weekend. We made great progress even though we missed Thursday because of a problem. I just want to say thank you to CITGO, it's great to be back in racing. All the guys, [team owner] Peter Baron and the team, they worked really hard."