Milka Duno Qualifies Eighth at Talladega Superspeedway
Duno to lineup outside row four in 3 Amigos 250

TALLADEGA, ALA. (April 14, 2011) – Milka Duno made an impressive debut at Talladega Superspeedway Thursday afternoon with a solid eighth-place qualifying effort for Friday’s 3 Amigos 250.

Duno and her Sheltra Motorsports team started the day off strong with a three-hour practice session. The Venezuelan-native completed 37 laps, making only single-car runs. Duno lapped the 2.66-mile track with a best time of 52.165 seconds (183.571 mph), fifth-fastest among the 39-car field.

Looking to back up her practice run, Duno took to Talladega’s high-banks with a lot of confidence during qualifying. As the last car to qualify, Duno knew exactly what she needed to do. Rounding the track in a time of 52.644 seconds (181.901 mph), she put the No. 63 CITGO SUPERGARD Toyota eighth on the leaderboard for the start of Friday afternoon’s 3 Amigos 250.

While the eighth-place start is a career-best for Duno in what will be only her third ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start, Duno and her Sheltra Motorsports team were slightly disappointed with the run.

“When you slow up in qualifying and don’t know why it is frustrating,” said Crew Chief Jon Wolfe. “But we discovered that the right front tire was going flat which changes the way that the car drives and the attitude of the racecar. Obviously that is very important on the superspeedways. Milka did a great job and I am excited for the race tomorrow. We have a good car.”

Duno and team look to take the checkered flag in Friday’s 3 Amigos 250. The green-flag will drop on the 94-lap event at 4:00 CDT with live television coverage on SPEED.


About Milka Duno:
Duno has eight major race wins in the highest classes (Prototype) in the American Le Mans Series and Rolex Series and the highest finish ever by a female driver (2nd Place) in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in the 48-year history of the race. Duno has been competing in the IndyCar Series since 2007. Off the track, Duno is a certified Naval Engineer who holds four master’s degrees, earning the last three simultaneously. Duno is also working through her “Milka Wayprogram to inspire youth to “Aim for the Stars” and achieve academic excellence.
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About Sheltra Motorsports:
Sheltra Motorsports, established in 2007, is in the midst of its fifth season of ARCA Racing Series competition. Owned by Florida-native, Patrick Sheltra, the owner-driver team captured the 2010 ARCA Racing Series driver and owner’s championship titles on the strength of two wins, 12 top-fives and 17 top-10 finishes in 20 events. Sheltra Motorsports is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C., with additional operations in Indiana and Florida.
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