CITGO Racing Rolex 24 At Daytona Preview
Milka Duno of Caracas , Venezuela , Dario Franchitti of Nashville , Tenn. , Marino Franchitti of Bathgate, Scotland and Kevin McGarrity of Belfast , Ireland , each recorded their best lap on the 3.56-mile infield road course in Daytona Beach , Fla. , during the Jan. 5 to 7 test. The fast times were a result of track resurfacing and effective car preparation by the SAMAX Motorsport crew.
Duno believes the test results bode well for the 24-hour race.
"We had a very good test and there's great synergy between the team and the drivers," she said. "I like the new Riley very much and feel that we have a good chance for a strong finish. The CITGO/SAMAX crew are in top form and I'm really looking forward to the green flag."
Their co-drivers Milka Duno and Kevin McGarrity also like the same car setup, eliminating compromises that impede performance during a long race. "We all want the same thing out of the car," McGarrity confirmed. "Every time Milka jumped in after we'd made adjustments at the test, she loved it and went faster and faster. I think we're in for a good race."
Close in height and build, the three men also use the same driver seat, which makes for speedy driver changes. As McGarrity noted, "With a 24-hour race and a lot of traffic, it's not how fast you can go, it's how much time you avoid losing in the pits that counts."
For more information about Milka Duno, please visit www.milkaduno.com . Additional information about Dario Franchitti is available at www.franchitti.com , Marino Franchitti at www.marinofranchitti.com and Kevin McGarrity at www.kevinmcgarrity.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 .
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Duno - All Photographs Courtesy of Octavio Estrada