CITGO RACING'S PHOENIX RACE REPORT
Duno, Beretta and CITGO Team Narrowly Miss Top Ten
May 14, 2006, Los Angeles, CA - The first pairing of Milka Duno with
Corvette Racing's Olivier Beretta almost delivered CITGO Racing's third top
ten finish of the season at last night's Gainsco Grand Prix at Phoenix
International Raceway. The #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley took the checkered flag
in the 11th position - just narrowly missing a top ten finish.
The temperature at the start of the evening's race was 99F and combined with
the track surface temperature of 108F (provided by Hoosier) set the tone for
what was to be a very hot race indeed. The relatively short length of the
circuit, combined with a 37-car field made up of two classes, literally
guaranteed close and exciting race action.
Duno took first stint in the team's new Riley and started the race 12th on
the grid and took the car as high as 11th before handing over the reins to
new teammate Beretta on lap 36 - during the first caution of the race.
Beretta, straight from an evening race in Houston the night before and a win
with Corvette Racing, was able to visit the top ten twice during the night.
However, on the 2nd restart of the race Beretta was assessed a penalty for
moving out of line to pass a car just before the start/finish line - this
was a new rule imposed that morning by Grand American Officials and resulted
in a "drive through" penalty when Beretta was running in 9th position. The
Monaco native managed to work his way back towards the top ten but in the
end the CITGO Racing team had to settle for a hard earned 11th.
"On a tight, short 'bullring' type of track like this the racing is very
close and challenging. Everything is more magnified and a half-a-second lost
here or a second gained there makes a huge difference. We're leaving here
with what was essentially a top-ten effort and a new car that made it
through a 'bullfight' with no damage. It was great to race with Olivier and
he worked in so seamlessly with the crew in only one race. I'm looking
forward to our races together. Many thanks to him and to the entire
CITGO/SAMAX crew for yet another outstanding effort."
"I'm very happy to have my first ride with the CITGO/SAMAX racing team.
Milka had a very good start and we didn't have contact with anybody. It's
completely different from what I'm used to. I do Formula One testing, ALMS
with Corvette, Le Mans, some LMP2 and LMP. It's quite different but it's
quite fun. Everyone on the team is very motivated to do well and I hope I
will help during my five races. I have to learn the car a little bit because
it's all new for me -- new tires, new track, new car. That is a lot at one
time, but for the first one, it's not too bad."
Next stop for Duno and the CITGO Racing team will be the Sahlen's Six Hours
of the Glen at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York June 2-3,
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 .
For the third consecutive year, well-known Latina racecar driver Milka Duno
will be featured in Pontiac's advertising campaigns. Pontiac is a division
of General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM) and markets the G6 sedan, coupe and
retractable hardtop convertible; Grand Prix; Solstice roadster; Vibe and
Torrent. In 2005, Pontiac sold more than 437,000 vehicles, ranking third
among GM divisions in total sales. For the 2007 model year, Pontiac will be
launching the turbocharged Solstice GXP and the entry-level G5 coupe in the
Fall 2006. 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 .
Milka is also the Latin American spokesperson for Sony's Xplod car audio
brand. Sony Corporation of America is a leading manufacturer of audio,
video, communications, and information technology products for the consumer
and professional markets. Its music, motion picture, television, computer
entertainment, and online businesses make Sony one of the most comprehensive
entertainment companies in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual
sales of approximately $67 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31,
2005. You may visit the Sony Corporation website at http://www.sony.net/ .
Sony Latin America has a regional office in Miami, Florida, and subsidiaries
in numerous countries, including Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia,
Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. You may visit the
Sony Latin America website at http://www.sony-latin.com/index_.crp
For additional information on Milka please visit www.milkaduno.com . For
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