Duno, Lammers Sixth in Comp USA 200 at The Glen ...
Duno, Lammers Sixth in Comp USA 200 at The Glen
#2 CITGO Racing Team earns fifth top-ten of season
Watkins Glen, NY (August 13, 2005) . Milka Duno and Jan Lammers co-piloted the #2 CITGO Pontiac Crawford to a 6th-place finish in the Comp USA 200 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on Friday evening. The strong performance marked the fifth top-ten finish for the #2 CITGO Racing Team in the Grand American Rolex Series this season.
After two practice sessions on Friday, Milka Duno was selected to qualify the #2 CITGO Pontiac Crawford. She responded with a fast lap of 1:11.719 / 91.745 mph to earn the 19th starting position in the 45-car starting field for the 200-mile event.
The 2.45-mile Watkins Glen road course is a very tight track with very few opportunities to pass. Duno drove a strategic race and maintained her position in the running order until she came to the pits under caution on lap twenty for tires, fuel, and a driver change.
Jan Lammers took over the controls of the #2 CITGO Pontiac Crawford and restarted in the 17th position on lap 24. The veteran road racer worked his way through race traffic and moved up to the 13th position by lap 38 when he made a pit stop under caution for tires and fuel. After restarting in 11th on lap 49, Lammers quickly moved into the top ten four laps later.
Within ten laps, Lammers moved to eighth. Caution waved again on lap 66, and the CITGO Team chose to remain on course with the laps and two-hour time limit winding down. Lammers restarted in the sixth position on lap 69 and would remain in that position when the checkered flag waved on lap 75.
The 6th-place effort was the second consecutive Rolex Series race that Duno and Lammers posted a top-ten finish. The talented duo finished fifth in the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona on June 30th. Duno and Lammers teamed with Andy Wallace to win the win the 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant in May and the Wallace / Duno duo earned a fourth at California Speedway in April.
"It was a very competitive race for us tonight, and a really close race right from the start," Duno commented. "We came away with a 6th-place finish and were only 3.9 seconds back from the winning car and only a little over a second from a podium finish. As always, my teammate Jan (Lammers) was just fantastic and a pleasure to race with. The team's performance was outstanding as well."
The CITGO Racing Team did an outstanding job preparing our Pontiac Crawford forv this race," Lammers added. "Watkins Glen is a very tough track to pass on, but our race strategy, the work by our crew, and the good first stint by Milka (Duno) enabled us to post a good finish. All in all, it was a good day for the CITGO Racing Team."
The next race for the Rolex Sports Car Series is the EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Road Racing Course on Saturday, August 27th. Practice and qualifying will be held on Friday, August 26th. The Speed Channel will provide tape-delayed coverage of the race beginning at noon on Sunday, August 28th.