CITGO Racing Team Going for "Three-Peat"
Wallace, Duno looking for third straight
March 3, 2005 . . . In the competitive Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series,
winning one race is a tremendous accomplishment. Winning twice can make a season
very successful. To have an opportunity to win three races in a row at the same
track is almost unbelievable. But, that's the goal of the #2 CITGO Racing Team
as they prepare for the Grand Prix of Miami at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Last season, Andy Wallace and Milka Duno swept the Rolex Series events at the
Florida track, winning both in dramatic fashion. Wallace took advantage of a
spin by the two leaders with ten laps remaining in the Grand Prix of Miami to
score the first victory for the CITGO Racing Team. The win was the first for
the DP03 Crawford and the initial win for Wallace and Duno as teammates. The
win enabled Duno to become the first female driver to ever take the overall win
in a Rolex Series race and the first woman to win a major North American sports
Then, in September, Wallace made a daring pass of leader Max Angelelli with five
laps remaining to win the Miami 250 and give the first-year Howard-Boss Motorsports
Team a "sweep" of the Rolex races at Homestead. Now, the talented duo enter the
Grand Prix of Miami with an opportunity for their third consecutive victory at
"Last year's victory was really welcome," Wallace noted. "It was especially nice
for Howard-Boss Motorsports, CITGO, and Crawford after they put their faith in
me and Milka (Duno) for the season."
"When we started the race last year, I never really thought about any additional
effects of winning the race," Duno stated. "It was only after the race, with
people telling me about the effects, that I began to realize the significance
of the win for CITGO, the team, and me as a woman driver. My first reaction was
a tremendous sense of gratitude for the opportunity to compete that CITGO provides,
the ability to be very competitive, the hard work and dedication that the team
provides, and the wonderful opportunity that I have to drive with one of the
best drivers in the world - Andy Wallace." Plus, racing at Homestead has special
meaning for Miami resident Duno.
"I think every driver looks forward to racing in their hometown or home track,
and I'm no different," Duno said. "With races spread all across North America,
a race in my hometown gives me the chance to invite my friends. It makes it a
special race when you can have friends there to cheer you on."
"I really like the Homestead track," Wallace added. "It's a challenging track.
Turn one is fast and bumpy, and the last turn is taken at more than 170 mph when
your car is right. You need an aerodynamically efficient race car to be fast
there, plus a car that can stop and accelerate well at Homestead's various slower
turns. The CITGO Pontiac Crawford DP03 is excellent in these areas, so I'm really
looking forward to the race. It always produces a close battle, and this year's
race will be even tighter with the excellent field Grand Am has pulled together
for the 2005 Rolex Series."
"We were extremely competitive at Daytona (Rolex 24)," Wallace continued. "We
all want to do even better for the rest of the year, but realize that 2005 is
shaping up as perhaps the most competitive sports car racing year in recent history.
Since the Rolex 24, we have been working very hard on our package. We want to
win, and will be doing everything we know to achieve our goal."
"Winning three consecutive races at the same circuit would be fantastic for CITGO,
Howard-Boss Motorsports, and both me and Andy," Duno added. "With two wins here
(Homestead) last year, it seems that we have developed a good idea of planning
strategy for this race. With a little luck and good planning, this year hopefully
will have a good result." Duno's optimism is obviously shared by her teammate.
"I've never won three in a row before at the same track," Wallace concluded. "But,
I'm about ready to do it now!"
The Grand Prix of Miami will begin at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 5th with live
television coverage on Speed Channel.
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 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 .
Milka is currently featured in Pontiac's largest ever Spanish language advertising
campaign launching an all-new sports sedan - the Pontiac G6. Pontiac is
a division of General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM) and markets the Bonneville,
GTO, Grand Prix, Grand Am, G6, Vibe and Sunfire. In 2003, Pontiac sold more than
475,000 vehicles, ranking third among GM divisions in total sales. 2004/2005
will see Pontiac launch an exciting new range of vehicles including the Montana
SV6, G6 coupe, G6 convertible and the Solstice roadster. More information on
Pontiac and its products can be foundat www.pontiac.com .
Information in Spanish can be found at www.pontiac.com/sp .
For additional information on Milka and Andy please visit www.milkaduno.com or www.andywallace.com ,
respectively. For more information on the Rolex Sports Car Series log on to www.grandamerican.com .