CITGO RACING'S SIX HOURS OF THE GLEN RACE REPORT
Strong Effort Visits Lead, Runs in Top Five
June 4, 2006, Los Angeles, CA.The CITGO Racing team scored an 11th
finish in Saturday's Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen, NY. The #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley driven by Milka Duno,
Goossens and Stefan Johansson at one point led the field during the
There were ten different overall race leaders over the course of the
six-hour competition on the popular 3.4-mile upstate NY circuit - with
CITGO Racing team being one of the ten. In fact, CITGO Racing was in
top-five for a large part of the 154-lap race.
The constantly changing weather conditions during the six-hour race
therefore the choice of tires - was an important factor affecting the
competition. Teams would change to wet tires - and then the rain would
Teams would change to dry tires - and the rain would start. Trying to
what "Mother Nature" would do - and when she would do it -
The grid for the race was determined by team points and Marc took the
stint starting in 15th. He was able to advance the effort into the top
and then the top five and took the lead on lap 40 - which he held for
laps. On the 4th caution of the race he handed the car off in the top
Next up was Stefan - in his first race with Milka and the CITGO Racing
Stefan again took the #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley into the top five where
continued until handing the car over to Milka during a green flag stop
Milka began her stint on wet tires - but the track didn't stay wet
rapidly- yet was able to complete her time behind the wheel competitively
before handing off to Marc for his second stint and the final leg of
Marc charged hard for the balance of the race and through the 7th and
caution of the day - bringing the car across the finish line in 11th
Unfortunately, it was the need to accomplish two driver changes under
flag conditions that took the effort out of the top pack - while others
able to pit under yellow flags - saving them valuable time.
"It was an exciting race for us and we really put forth a top effort.
times we were able to take advantage of the conditions on the track
caution periods and tires - and at other times we were disadvantaged
same things. It all comes down to making the best choices under the
circumstances and I believe that's what we did. It was great to race
Stefan - and with Marc again. They both did a fantastic job - as did
"We had a bit too much understeer in the car at the end, but I
think it was
pretty good, if you see where we came from since Laguna. The first part
the race was pretty exciting! It was just a matter of staying on the
with the slicks once the rain started. But I managed to do that. Those
came in for wets had to come back in again to put the other tires on,
gained on that. We just missed one yellow at the end of the race, but
a great day!"
"It was a pity we were a little bit unlucky with the pit
stops we had today.
Otherwise, I think we could have ended up in the top five. We had certainly
a top-five car; we were running strong all the time and everybody was
putting in good lap times. It's just the way it played out. We were
early on, but the tire pressures shot through the roof, so we started
a little bit because we couldn't keep the pace up, unfortunately. But
was great fun for the team and we hope we can do it again."
CITGO, based in Houston, Texas, is a refiner, transporter and marketer
transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals, refined waxes, asphalt
other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc.,
indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A.,
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
will be featured in Pontiac's advertising campaigns. Pontiac is a division
of General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM) and markets the G6 sedan, coupe
retractable hardtop convertible; Grand Prix; Solstice roadster; Vibe
Torrent. In 2005, Pontiac sold more than 437,000 vehicles, ranking third
among GM divisions in total sales. For the 2007 model year, Pontiac
launching the turbocharged Solstice GXP and the entry-level G5 coupe
Fall 2006. More information on Pontiac and its products can be found
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
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
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
Miami, Florida, and subsidiaries in numerous countries, including Argentina,
Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico
Venezuela. You may visit the Sony Latin America website at
For additional information on Milka please visit www.milkaduno.com.
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