MILKA AND ANDY FINISH 2ND AT MID-OHIO
August 7, 2004 - CITGO Racing's Milka Duno and Andy Wallace brought
home a 2nd place finish in their #2 CITGO Pontiac Crawford Daytona Prototype
at the Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
this Saturday, August 7th, 2004.
The 2nd place finish earned Milka, Andy and CITGO Racing a podium visit
in victory circle immediately following the race. This podium appearance
with Milka marks the 2nd podium for CITGO Racing in only the first seven
races. The first podium came with their win at the Grand Prix of Miami
Race day started with a final 40-minute practice session that saw both
Milka and Andy behind the wheel. This session was Andy's first time
in the car since the Thursday test session. Andy was away all day Friday
practicing for another sports car race in Canada, so the traditionally-shared
set-up duties were conducted entirely by Milka during Friday's 2 practice
sessions and qualifying session.
Shortly after Andy got in the car he radioed in to the team that he
felt that the set-up on the car was about as perfect as it could possibly
be. Having a driver say this doesn't happen very often - if ever - and
the fact that Andy made this statement is an amazing tribute to the
work of his co-driver Milka and the team.
The race started at 5:31pm EST with Milka starting the first stint.
She started 12th overall and with very clean quick laps increased her
position as high as 9th and after 38 laps brought the car in under caution
and handed it over to Andy.
Andy would run complete to the checkered flag through 5 caution flags,
taking the car up to 2nd, back down to 3rd and then finishing 2nd.
"Everyone worked so hard this weekend for this result, it was
a fantastic achievement for the team," said Milka. "We have
a few minor changes to make to the car and then we hope to do one better
next time. I feel really good that Andy was pleased with the set-up
work we did on Friday. This is our second podium for CITGO and I'm really
excited for them because they have been so wonderful and supportive."
"The car was actually a lot better than it has been in previous
races," said Andy. "The team has worked really hard since
our last race at Daytona and we tested at Birmingham International Raceway
and Virginia International Raceway as well and got the car better balanced.
Late in this race the car was really good and I was able to pick cars
ahead of me off one by one. All the people at Crawford have done so
much work since the last race - I am really, really happy with them
- the car feels really good now!"
The next event for Milka, Andy and CITGO Racing will be a second visit
to Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York on Friday, August
13, 2004. For this event NASCAR star Tony Stewart will again join CITGO
Racing for yet another two-car effort that will see Andy paired with
Tony and Milka teamed again with Jan Lammers.
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 visit www.grandamerican.com.