CITGO Racing in Lead and Top Five Until 9th Hour Mechanical Failure September 3, 2006, Los Angeles, CA...The trio of Milka Duno, Marc Goossens and Stefan Johansson were well on their way to a podium finish -- with a very real chance at a win --...
CITGO Racing in Lead and Top Five Until 9th Hour Mechanical Failure
September 3, 2006, Los Angeles, CA...The trio of Milka Duno, Marc Goossens and Stefan Johansson were well on their way to a podium finish -- with a very real chance at a win -- when an 9th hour mechanical failure with less than 30 minutes left in the race caused a 16th place finish at the season finale today at Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Utah. The nine hour competition marked the season's end for the 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series Championship.
The #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley was in the top ten for every lap of it's race -- in the top five for most -- and twice in the lead - before a driveline failure forced the car into the pits and out of the race on lap 182 of the 193-lap competition.
"We were so very close and everything was going so well toward a podium-- it would have been a great finish for the season. We had a great car and everyone was working so very hard -- it's a shame we had a problem so close to the end. My thanks for Marc, Stefan and the whole CITGO Racing crew for their very strong effort."
"It was a good race in general. I think we knew for a couple of days that we had a good car. It's just a shame we couldn't get more out of it in qualifying, but during the race, we were running pretty well. All the guys did a great job with the pitstops and it was pretty good until 20 minutes from the end when the gearbox broke. As long as you don't have any drive, then you're not going anywhere. Luckily, I made it back to the pits, but unfortunately, the guys couldn't do anything about it. All in all, we had a good run. It's a shame it happened 20 minutes from the end. We were up front for most of the race and I think the whole CITGO team did a great job."
"It was a pity we couldn't finish the race. It was looking very promising halfway through, but that's what sports-car racing is all about -- you've just got to keep it all together until the end. But we're still happy with our performance. I think everybody did the best we could today and the car was performing well, so that's all we can do."
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