ONE PILOT JUSTIN WILSON
MIAMI GP WINNER MILKA DUNO FOR SEBRING
Racing and Taurus Sports Announce Sebring Program
March 12, 2004 -
Recent Grand Prix of Miami overall winner Milka Duno
will be joined by Formula One driver Justin Wilson
and sports car specialist Phil
Andrews for the CITGO Racing / Taurus Sports 2004 Sebring
effort. The 52nd
running of the famed 12 Hours of Sebring at Sebring
International Raceway in
Sebring, Florida will occur March 17-20, 2004.
Taurus Sports will field the CITGO-branded #15 Lola
Prototype for the once-around-the-clock endurance classic
that has become
one of the most legendary sports car endurance events
in the world - and the
oldest sports car race in the United States.
Justin, known worldwide for his stellar efforts in
the Minardi and his high
profile transfer from Minardi to Jaguar Racing during
his debut F1 season in
2003, is one of British motorsports hottest properties
and the first Briton
to win the prestigious FIA F3000 title - in 2001. In
winning the title, and
leading the championship from the opening round, Justin
finished the F3000
season with a point tally that broke Williams F1 driver
Juan Pablo Montoya's
record for points in a season, as well as setting a
new record for number of
podium finishes in a season - 10 podiums in 12 races.
It was these kinds of
performances that impressed the F1 team bosses. This
will be Justin's first
race since stepping out of the Jaguar at last year's
Japanese Grand Prix.
"It will be great fun to get back into a sportscar
again," said Justin. "The
opportunity to drive the CITGO Racing Taurus Sports
Lola came along quite
late, but I am looking forward to returning to Sebring
for a second time. I
know Milka just made history at Homestead and I'm looking
forward to working
with both her and Phil. I'm sure we can put on a competitive
am treating this race as an opportunity to get race
sharp for the up-coming
season in open wheel cars and I am looking forward
to getting out there."
Milka, certainly no stranger to the prestigious American
Le Mans Series or
12 Hours of Sebring fans, was the first woman to ever
pilot the fastest car
in that series - the LMP 900, and was the 2001 Vice-Champion
in the ALMS LMP
675 category with 4 wins - including the prestigious
Petit Le Mans at Road
Milka will hit the track at Sebring fresh from an overall
win at the Rolex
Sports Car Series Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami
February 28, 2004 with teammate Andy Wallace. The duo
achieved the win in
their Howard-Boss Motorsports #2 CITGO Pontiac Crawford
With this win Milka became the first woman to achieve
an overall win in the
Rolex Sports Car Series, as well as the first woman
ever to win a major
North American sports car race overall - and the first
women in 24 years to
win an international sportscar race.
"Its great news that Justin is able to join us for
Sebring," said Milka. "We
both raced together in the World Series by Nissan in
2002 and he is a very
talented driver. The team has worked very hard to prepare
the CITGO Racing
Taurus Sports Lola. Phil has a lot of experience with
the team and the car
and I think we have a strong driver line up. For me
it is great to be racing
at Sebring again where I've been fortunate to have
some good results in the
The team's third drive, Phil Andrews, has raced at
international levels for
the past fifteen years in both single-seaters and sportscars.
37-year-old from Birmingham, England was a regular
with the Taurus team last
year in the FIA Sportscar Championship - scoring a
podium finish at Monza.
In 2002 he was the runner-up in the NDS Euroboss series
driving a 1996
Benetton-Judd, scoring two wins. He also has extensive
experience in Formula
3 and Formula 3000.
"I'm really excited about racing with CITGO Racing,
Milka and Justin," said
Phil. "Last season the Taurus Sports Lola kept getting
better and though we
had some bad luck we were always in contention. There
is a great atmosphere
and enormous experience with this team. Sebring is
so tough - but we intend
to be there at the finish."
The Taurus Sports team from Norfolk, England was formed
last year by veteran
team manager Ian Dawson and his son Simon, a former
player and now human performance coach. The team's
large workshops with an extensive and well-equipped
fitness center where not
only racing drivers but professional jockeys, polo
players and tennis
Ian Dawson's motorsports resume stretches over 33 years
and includes working
as a mechanic at John Player Team Lotus in their heyday
and building and
running Mexican Hector Rebaque's independent Grand
Prix cars. Ian
subsequently moved into sportscar racing running his
own cars under the Grid
name and later managing sports car programs for Zakspeed,
Ford, Momo, Risi,
Multimatic and Ascari before forming Taurus Sports.
In 2004, in addition to
running the Lola, Taurus will also run four cars in
Britain's Porsche Cup.
In 1983 Ian's Grid-Cosworth was leading the Sebring
12 Hours in the final
hour when a wheel bearing collapsed and the car was
fourth. In 2002 the Dawson-run Ascari-Judd also finished
fourth, the second
best result ever in this historic race by an all-British
car with an
all-British driver line-up.
"We've had to burn a lot of midnight oil," said Ian. "But
we are in great
shape and so excited to be running for CITGO Racing,
Milka, Justin and Phil.
It's a great blend of speed, experience and personality.
We're not kidding
ourselves about the opposition - but I think a top-5
is in the cards."
Activities begin on the historic 3.7-mile 17-turn circuit
with Promoter Test
Days on Monday and Tuesday March 15 & 16. There
will be Practice Sessions on
Wednesday, and both Practice and Qualifying Sessions
on Thursday - as well
as Night Practice. Friday brings the final Practice
Session and race day on
Saturday begins with a Combined Warm Up in the morning
with the green flag
dropping at 10:30am EST. The immensely popular Driver
Autograph Session will
be on Friday at 1:00pm EST.
A live flag-to-flag broadcast of the race can be seen
on the SPEED Channel
in the USA beginning at the 10:30am EST green flag
wave. The race will also
be broadcast live throughout Europe by MotorsTV. The
American Le Mans Series
Radio Web will have live coverage online at www.americanlemans.com .
information is also available online at www.sebringraceway.com or
(863) 655-1442 (toll-free 800-626-RACE.
CITGO, based in Tulsa, Okla., is a refiner, transporter
and marketer of
transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals, refined
waxes, asphalt and
other industrial products. The company is owned
by PDV America, Inc., an
indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos
de Venezuela, S.A., the
national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of
Venezuela. For more
information on CITGO visit www.citgo.com .
Additional information on drivers Milka Duno and Justin
Wilson is available
at www.milkaduno.comand www.justinwilson.co.uk ,
on Taurus Sports can be viewed at www.taurussports.co.uk .
For more information on the ALMS please visit www.americanlemans.com and
the 12 Hours of Sebring you are invited to tour www.sebringraceway.com .