CITGO RACING'S ALABAMA RACE REPORT
and Beretta Fight Back to 17th
July 30, 2006, Los Angeles, CA...Milka Duno, Olivier Beretta and the CITGO
Racing squad did their best to overcome a lap 1 incident that took them out
of contention for a podium at today's Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports
Park. Coming back from a low of 38th overall Milka, Olivier and the crew
were able to take the #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley to 17th overall by race end.
Starting today's race 11th on the grid, Olivier was able to jump up to 7th
in turn 1 of the first lap of the 93-lap competition, when contact at turn 5
with another Daytona Prototype put Olivier and the #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley
in the pits for repairs during the first caution of the day.
The crew quickly made repairs and the car was back on track - only to be
brought to the pits again several minutes later to put on a new nose. At
approximately 21 minutes into the race Olivier and the #11 CITGO Pontiac
Riley were back into the pits having been assessed a two-minute penalty for
what the organizers deemed was "avoidable contact" during the first lap
incident - and then a "stop and go penalty" for a pit lane speed violation.
Duno took the wheel on lap 36 and in 30th overall and was able to continue
to advance the effort an additional 13 positions to a 17th place overall
"We had some back luck today right at the start of the race. This can be
very demoralizing and hard to overcome for many teams and drivers - but not
us. We fought back as hard as we could and not a one of us "lifted" in our
effort toward the best possible result we could achieve given the
"The week has been good. We were always improving -- we were good on Friday
and we were quick in the wet. I started the race and I had a very good
start. Unfortunately, I had contact with another car, we got a penalty and
the race was over. But the practice was good and we were improving all the
time. We showed the car was not so bad!
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 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 $64
billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2006. 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, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru,
Puerto Rico and
Venezuela. You may visit the Sony Latin America website at
For additional information on Milka please visit www.milkaduno.com.
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