6 Heures du Mont-Tremblant
May 23, 2004 - The #2 CITGO-branded Pontiac Crawford Daytona Prototype,
with drivers Milka Duno, Andy Wallace and Jan Lammers, started the 6 Heures
du Mont-Tremblant on Sunday, May 23, 2004 in 14th position on the grid with
the qualifying driver - Milka - behind the wheel.
The six-hour endurance event was green-flagged at 11:10am and Milka ran hard
and mid-pack until the first caution of the race at 12:12pm - 1 hour and 1
minute into the race. Milka was able to keep the #2 CITGO Pontiac Crawford
Daytona Prototype on the lead lap while at the same time advancing the
team's effort from 14th position overall to 12th. Milka had completed 37
laps and scored her best lap time of 1:35.050 in her 24th lap.
"At the start of the race it was quite busy as all of the cars were bunched
together," said Milka. "At first I was experience a slight difficulty with
the brakes - but this passed as time went on. I was happy that I was able to
turn the car over to Andy during a caution so as to save time that a
green-flag stop would have eaten up."
Andy took over during the caution and by 1:31pm - a little over an hour
later - Andy had placed the car 4th overall and 6 minutes later had moved
into 3rd. At 1:57 pm, still 3rd overall, Andy had shortened the distance
behind the leader to only 32 seconds. Another perfectly timed caution at
2:14pm gave the team yet another time-saving opportunity for a tire, fuel
and driver change pit whereby Andy handed the car over to Jan.
"It was a pretty good stint," said Andy. "There's a lot of traffic out there
and we were peddling as fast as possible. A few times I was caught up with
some slow cars - nothing major - but just because it's a tight circuit. But
a great circuit I have to say! Fantastic! It's wonderful with all of these
elevation changes. The car is running really good, although we've got just a
bit too much understeer. I think if we had had another day or so to set the
car up I think we would have been right at the top. But anyway, we're in a
good position and I'm very happy"
The 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant race is being broadcast LIVE on the
SPEED Channel starting at 11:00am ET on Sunday, May 23. Additional event
information is available at www.lecircuit.com .
This event is the 4th race on
the 2004 Rolex Sports Car Series Championship schedule.
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 Andy Wallace is available
at www.milkaduno.com and www.andywallace.com ,
respectively. For more
information on the Grand American Sports Car Series please visitwww.grandamerican.com .