MILKA DUNO RECEIVES INAUGURAL VANIDADES
Award pays tribute to the most influential female Hispanics within the community
Los Angeles , CA , December 14, 2005 .Top female racer Milka Duno has been selected to receive the 1st annual Vanidades "Tribute to the Hispanic Woman" award in the sports category. Vanidades , a leading US Hispanic publication, recognizes that Hispanic women today have had an increasing impact in the United States , representing the Hispanic community on many levels through their achievements and leadership.
" Being the leading & longest running magazine for women throughout the Spanish speaking hemisphere, we feel it is our duty to not only inform and support women but to ensure that their respective accomplishments are communicated to others because it is through this process, that we set examples for the women of tomorrow," said Loreyne Alicia, Vanidades Publisher/Commercial Director. " Vanidades is proud to form part in making this happen and will continue its commitment to do so."
The list of 2005 honorees includes Cristina Saralegui (Business); Lili Estefan (Communications); Barbara Palacios (Beauty); Dr. Aliza Lifshitz (Health); Carla Estrada (Entertainment); Dora Valdes-Fauli (Arts & Culture); Evelyn Villanueva (Community Service); Julie Stav (Finance) and Rose Tous (Design).
"I'm very honored to receive this special award," said Milka. " Vanidades has a long history of recognizing and supporting Spanish-speaking women and this award program is yet another stellar example."
Milka just completed her second consecutive season in the 2005 Rolex Sports Car Series with CITGO Racing - finishing 8th in the Driver Point Standings - the only woman out of a total of 149 male drivers.
"CITGO Petroleum Corporation is proud of Milka Duno and all that she has accomplished in a field that is traditionally dominated by men," said Félix Rodríguez, CITGO president and CEO. "She is a role model for Hispanic females and illustrates that, with hard work, dreams can and do come true."
Milka is the first woman in history to race in the highest class of the Rolex Series - the Daytona Prototype. In her first season with CITGO Racing Milka became the first woman in history to win a major sports car race in North America when she won the 2004 Grand Prix of Miami. Milka scored her second Rolex Series win at the same venue seven months later. Milka scored her first win of the 2005 season and her third career Rolex Series win at the Circuit du Mont-Tremblant in Canada .
For additional information on Milka Duno please visit www.milkaduno.com.
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 found at www.pontiac.com . Information in Spanish can be found at www.pontiac.com/sp.
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