IRL: Richmond Int'l Raceway - Milka Duno spotlight

INTERNATIONAL RACING SENSATION MILKA DUNO ADDS THE SUNTRUST INDY CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY XM TO HER INDYCAR SERIES SCHEDULE *She will be the third female in the field, joining Sarah Fisher and Danica Patrick* RICHMOND, VIRGINIA (June 14,...

INTERNATIONAL RACING SENSATION MILKA DUNO ADDS THE SUNTRUST INDY CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY XM TO HER INDYCAR SERIES SCHEDULE

*She will be the third female in the field, joining Sarah Fisher and Danica Patrick*

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA (June 14, 2007) -- Sarah Fisher was the first female to burst on the IndyCar® Series scene with some dazzling finishes, a pole position and three most popular driver awards. Then came Danica Patrick and America's love affair with the fiery driver whose fourth place finish in the 2005 Indianapolis 500 landed her on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Now there's a third female, one that will also turn heads on and off the race track. Buckle up Richmond International Raceway fans, because international racing star Milka Duno, who has run only three races this season, has added the SunTrust Indy Challenge Presented by XM to her limited IndyCar Series schedule.

The race, which is set for Saturday night, June 30 "under the lights" will now feature three females, a first at Richmond International Raceway.

"Talent, beauty and youth are just a few of the many adjectives that define the image of Milka Duno," proclaims the website (www.milkaduno.com) of the 35-year old Venezuelan. "Combining beauty, brains and lightning-fast reflexes, Milka is arguably one of the most charismatic and talented drivers of her generation."

"I won't argue with any of that," said Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz, who along with millions of fans across the world watched her qualify and race in the Indianapolis 500 last month. "She's attractive, has a tremendous racing background and has as many master's degrees as wheels on her IndyCar. She's a promoter's dream and we are excited that Milka has added the SunTrust Indy Challenge Presented by XM to her schedule."

Duno has raced professionally since the late 90's, piloting cars in Europe's Open Telefonica World Series, American LeMans, Grand American Series, Panor GT Series Ferrari Challenge and Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.

Off the track, she has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Vogue and Newsweek. Her "day job" is Naval Engineer and she holds four master's degrees -- in Organizational Development, Naval Architecture, Maritime Business and Marine Biology; incredibly, she earned the last three simultaneously.

Tickets are still available to be a part of history at Richmond International Raceway when all three women take the green flag in the SunTrust Indy Challenge Presented by XM. Reserved seats can be purchased for $35 and general admission seats are only $30. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in the general admission sections.

Tickets are also available for NBC12 Day on Friday, June 29, which includes USAC practice, IndyCar Series practice and qualifying for the SunTrust Indy Challenge Presented by XM and the USAC National Sprint Car Series race. All tickets are $15 and children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. Friday's ticket also includes an autograph session with all of the IndyCar Series drivers running in Saturday night's race "under the lights." For tickets and information, fans can call 1-866-455-7223 or visit www.rir.com.

-credit: rir

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Milka Duno , Sarah Fisher , Danica Patrick