CITGO RACING'S MID-OHIO RACE REPORT
Duno, Beretta and Team Disappointed with Mid-Ohio Result yet Optimistic
June 24, 2006, Los Angeles, CA...Milka Duno, Olivier Beretta and the
Racing crew finished today's race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
disappointing 21st overall and 18th in class. A forced spin in the early
stages of the race sent the #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley into the gravel
several laps down.
Milka took first stint and started the car 22nd on the 45-car grid.
mid-pack position was the result of a qualifying time the day before
was affected by a set up that had much room for improvement. The talented
crew was able to optimize the set up in time for today's race.
On lap 11 of the race, Milka was carefully holding her own with two
battling just ahead of her. In addition, she was trying very hard to
competitor immediately in front of her who continually tried to block
As a result of one of these many blocks and her need to suddenly brake
because of it - she was touched from behind by another DP. It was this
contact that sent her into a spin and ultimately into the gravel - requiring
a tow out - and a slide down to the 44th position.
In a race that was to see approximately a third of its laps run under
caution, Milka mounted a charge to move up the field and recapture position.
She continued until lap 63 - when she brought the #11 CITGO Pontiac
pits in 29th - after gaining back 15 positions.
Olivier, fresh from his fifth class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans,
his stint in the 2 Hours and 45-minutes of Mid-Ohio with a tall order
regain positions. From the start of his stint, and with only 36 laps
the race, Olivier advanced the CITGO Racing effort yet another 8 positions
and took the checkered flag 21st overall and 18th in class.
"It was so frustrating to be sent into the gravel and I was really
very hard to make up time and position after that. We all worked so
a great finish here and Olivier brought such tremendous energy with
his win at Le Mans. We started 22nd, were sent back to 44th and then
finished 21st - which means we were able to regain 23 positions in a
competitive race with many caution laps. This proves to me that we have
race-winning effort - but unfortunately this just wasn't the race.
"During the practice we changed the car and improved the car,
so that is a
good point. Today, we had just a little contact with another DP car
touched Milka, and unfortunately, we spun. But this is racing, it's
to every single driver. The positive thing is that it's only our second
weekend together, but the crew did a good job and Milka and I also tried
do a good job. Little by little, we'll be there. We have to remember
just started the program and the other big dogs have three-four years
experience. I think it was quite a positive weekend."
Duno and the CITGO Racing team have double-duty with back-to-back races
at Mid-Ohio and then next week at Daytona. In fact, two races in only
days - as the next race is next Thursday, June 29 at Daytona International
Raceway in Daytona Beach, FL.
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 is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications,
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
billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2006. You may visit the
Corporation website at http://www.sony.net/. Sony Latin America has
regional office in Miami, Florida and subsidiaries in numerous countries,
including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama,
Puerto Rico and
Venezuela. You may visit the Sony Latin America website at
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