MILKA DUNO'S PETIT LE MANS TEAM QUALIFIES 1ST IN P2 CLASS AND 7TH OVERALL
September 24, 2004 - CITGO Racing's Milka Duno and their Petit Le Mans effort will start on the P2 class pole and 7th overall for the start of tomorrow's 10-hour endurance race. The Petit Le Mans is round 8 of the 2004 American Le Mans Series and is run on Road Atlanta's 2.54-mile, 11-turn circuit in Braselton, GA.
Milka is competing with teammates Clint Field and Robin Liddell in Intersport Racing's CITGO-branded #30 Lola B2K/40 P2 Le Mans Prototype. In this afternoon's qualifying session Clint placed the car on the pole in the very last lap of the session with a time of 1:17.225.
The car has performed very well throughout the three practice sessions on Thursday and the practice session on Friday morning. In three of the practice sessions the team was fastest in class, in one they were second-fastest. The practice and qualifying times demonstrate a consistency that will serve the threesome well - especially in an endurance race. The Intersport squad runs with a Judd engine that has proven for them very reliable and consistent - two much-needed key elements for success on Saturday. There will be a final 30-minute warm-up session tomorrow morning before the race.
"The car is running very well this week and I feel we are in good place for the race tomorrow," said Milka. "All three of us drove in each of the practice sessions and Clint took on qualifying - with great results! Clint and Robin have been having a great season so far and I hope I can help them continue their good fortune. I'm really enjoying driving with them - and the crew are simply awesome. What's really special is having the opportunity to compete here and seeing the CITGO logo on this car and in this race. CITGO is really dedicated to mounting a great racing effort and the fact that they are here is a testimony to that commitment. I'm very lucky to have such a great sponsor."
The 10-hour Petit Le Mans will begin on Saturday at Noon EST and the SPEED channel will broadcast live for 8 of the 10 hours in blocks from 11:30am-3:30pm, then 5:30-7:00pm and finally from 7:30pm-10:00pm. All times EST.
CITGO, based in Houston, Texas, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals, refined waxes, asphalt and other industrial products. The company is owned by DV 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.
For additional information on Milka Duno, visit her website at www.milkaduno.com.
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