CITGO Racing Team Carries Momentum to Mexico City

Wallace, Duno looking to close '05 with another podium

Denver, N.C. (November 1, 2005) . The #2 CITGO Racing Team has been anxiously waiting four weeks for their trip to Mexico City and the final race of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series season. Not because they're ready for the season to conclude, but anxious to score another podium finish for their CITGO Pontiac Crawford and Howard-Boss Motorsports.

On Sunday afternoon, October 9th, Andy Wallace and Milka Duno co-drove the #2 CITGO Pontiac Crawford to a second-place finish in the VIR 400 at the Virginia International Raceway. It was the third podium finish of the 2005 season for CITGO Racing and gave the talented duo momentum entering the historic first-ever Rolex Series race in Mexico City. Wallace and Duno teamed with Jan Lammers to win the 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant (Quebec, Canada) in May, and Wallace and Lammers teamed with NASCAR star Tony Stewart to finish third in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in February. So, the strong performance and second-place finish at VIR was a welcomed sight for the second-year CITGO Racing Team and Howard-Boss Motorsports.

"It's been a difficult season for many reasons," Wallace stated. "There's no doubt that we have had a strong Pontiac Crawford at many events, but several on-track incidents have ended our hopes. It's been frustrating at times because we know that our CITGO Racing Team has performed much better than our record indicates. The win at Mont-Tremblant was special and we've got one more opportunity this year to score another victory."

"I've raced at this course earlier in my career," Wallace added. "It's a challenging course, but one that will provide lots of action for both competitors and fans. And, speaking of the fans, we'll have a huge crowd the entire weekend. That's exciting for our series and our sponsors as well as our teams. We'd love to win the first Rolex Series race in Mexico City."

Teammate Duno shares the excitement Wallace mentioned. "I've always wanted to race in Mexico, and in particular at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez," Duno commented. "The generous support of the Mexican racing fan is known throughout the world, and it will be amazing to have so many people in attendance for the races. This is the first time that the Rolex Series will race there and they have already put Mexico City on the schedule for next year."

"It's been a very competitive and challenging year, and I have no doubt that our last race of the season in Mexico will be the same," Duno concluded.

"We're bringing some momentum with us due to our podium finish at our last race and I'm hoping that the energy, combined with the fantastic fan support in Mexico, will help us deliver a great result for the team and for CITGO Racing."

The 250-mile, 90-lap event is set for a 4 PM ET green flag on Saturday afternoon, November 5th. Speed Channel will provide live coverage of the final event on the Grand American Rolex Series schedule for 2005. Practice and qualifying will be held on Friday, November 4th. With momentum from their VIR finish fresh on their minds, the #2 CITGO Racing Team looks to stand proudly on the podium at the conclusion of this historic event.

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 .

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 found at . Information in Spanish can be found at .

For additional information on Milka and Andy please visit or , respectively. For more information on the Rolex Sports Car Series log on to .


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