CITGO RACING'S SONOMA PREVIEW
with Milka Duno and CITGO Racing for Northern
August 21, 2006, Los Angeles, CA...Milka Duno and CITGO Racing welcome
wheel standout Patrick Carpentier to their effort for the penultimate
of the 2006 Rolex Sports Car Championship at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma,
this August 24-26. The 2-hour, 45-minute race will be on Saturday,
starting at 3:00pm PDT.
This will be Duno's first partnering with Carpentier - but not Carpentier's
first time behind the wheel of the Daytona Prototype. He raced with
Racing in the #39 Daytona Prototype at the 2006 Rolex 24 At Daytona
in his first-ever sports car endurance race - he led for a total of
A terminal mechanical failure ended the effort with only two hours
- resulting in an 11th place-in-class finish.
Carpentier won the Player's/Toyota Atlantic Championship in 1996 with
poles and a record nine wins in twelve starts. He then headed straight
Championship Auto Racing Teams in 1997 and earned "Rookie of the Year"
honors. From 1998 to 2002 he earned three wins, three poles, twelve
and in 2002 finished third in the championship and was presented with
Greg Moore Legacy Award. In 2003 and 2004 Carpentier, now in the Champ
World Series, scored two wins, two poles, nine podiums and finished
season third in the championship and the 2004 season fifth in the
championship. In 2005, Carpentier finished tenth in the Indy Racing
Duno's previous experience at Sonoma includes an LMP 675 class win
American Le Mans Series in 2000 in the Reynard 01Q/Judd Le Mans Prototype.
"I'm a big fan of Patrick's and have followed his achievements since
earned the Toyota Atlantic Championship. It will be great to have him
us for this race and we'll do everything we can to make him feel welcome.
This will be the first race for the Daytona Prototypes at Sonoma and
means we'll have no background data for the car on this track. It will
increase our challenge - but it will be the same for everyone else.
raced here before, so that will be helpful. It will be interesting
the circuit in the #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley and see how it feels with
We've been very competitive all season and deserve to be on the podium.
been on the podium at Sonoma and it's a great feeling. Hopefully we
one this time out!"
"I am extremely delighted to start racing again. It was good to take
months off and spend some time with my kids on the ranch, but now it
to go back to racing. This is a track I enjoyed last year with the
I'm looking forward to going back to it. I want to thank the team and
affiliated sponsors for giving me this opportunity."
The three-day race event will have the team practicing on Thursday
afternoon, practicing and qualifying on Friday, and racing on Saturday
afternoon at 3pm PDT - with live timing and scoring, plus audio in
and Spanish, available at www.grandamerican.com.
The race will be broadcast
tape-delayed the next day on Sunday, August 27 at 3pm EDT on the SPEED
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., 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
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,
retractable hardtop convertible; Grand Prix; Solstice roadster; Vibe
Torrent. In 2005, Pontiac sold more than 437,000 vehicles, ranking
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
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 a
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
For additional information on Milka please visit www.milkaduno.com.
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