Watkins Glen II: CITGO Racing race report

Mechanical problem ends race after advancing to 8th August 11, 2006, Los Angeles, CA...Milka Duno, Joao Barbosa and the CITGO Racing Team were having one of their best races of the season before a mechanical problem ended their effort...

Mechanical problem ends race after advancing to 8th

August 11, 2006, Los Angeles, CA...Milka Duno, Joao Barbosa and the CITGO Racing Team were having one of their best races of the season before a mechanical problem ended their effort prematurely. After reaching as high as 8th and in the hunt for a podium finish the #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley ended today's Crown Royal 200 at The Glen in the 19th position.

In the second and last all-Daytona Prototype race of the 2006 Rolex Sports Car Championship season a brake line failure ended the team's challenge for a podium finish at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York.

Milka started the race 21st on the grid and was able to advance the #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley to 17th before handing the car to her teammate during the second caution period. Joao charged to 8th before the brake line failure just before the "loop" section of the track brought the car first into the pits -- and then out of the race -- with only 38 minutes left in the competition.

Milka Duno

"I'm very happy that Joao came out of this ok -- he handled a very dangerous situation extremely well. What I know is that we have a very competitive team and a very competitive car -- or we wouldn't have made it up to the top ten. But we did -- and we were well on our way to a podium finish before the mechanical problem forced us out. My thanks to the crew and Joao for a great job and as always we look forward to our next race with determination. We'll be working very hard for a strong finish."

Joao Barbosa

"The race was going really well. I was able to keep up with the front group, which was really good. Unfortunately, we had a brake line failure and I had no brakes at all going into the loop. I made the chicane and I had to go down through the gears to slow the car as fast as I could without any damage. I'm real happy where it happened because it could have been much worse. I was able to bring the car in one piece to the pits. Maybe next time ..."

-credit: citgo racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Milka Duno , Joao Barbosa