MILKA DUNO COMPLETES HOMESTEAD TEST FOR 2007 ROLEX
Carpentier is Teammate for Race, Full Driver Line Up TBA
December 7, 2006, Los Angeles, CA...Milka Duno completed a two-day
week at her "hometown track" of Homestead-Miami Speedway with
Patrick Carpentier in preparation for the first race of the 2007 Rolex
Sports Car Series season - the Rolex 24 At Daytona in late January,
The SAMAX Motorsport team tested the #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley Daytona
Prototype with Milka and her co-driver - open-wheel veteran Patrick
Carpentier - along with several drivers vying for a spot on the four-driver
team for the 53rd Rolex 24.
The two day test, on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, was the second
three test sessions for Duno and Carpentier in the #11 CITGO Pontiac
Daytona Prototype for their challenge at the 24-hour classic at Daytona
International Speedway. The third test session will occur at Daytona
three day period - January 4, 5 & 6.
The Homestead test was very successful as the #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley
scored 2nd fastest at the end of Tuesday's test sessions and 4th fastest
the combined times of both days of testing.
Peter Baron, SAMAX Motorsport Team Owner
"It was a perfect test. The main objectives of the test were to
line-up for the 24 and evaluate the new compound Hoosier tire. We were
absolutely delighted with the people we evaluated and will announce
are later. Our current engineering team was not in place the last time
series was at Homestead, so this was their first look at the track and
time on a new compound Hoosier tire. The entire team did a
We came with a car that was fast as soon as it hit the track, and basically
spent 2 days on top the time charts only with the exceptions of a few
putting on new tires late in the cool afternoon with the goal of unseating
our top position. We stuck to our testing plan and didn't let our egos
to distraction. We are quite confident that we could have posted a lap
that would leave the field scratching their heads. The chemistry with
entire team is just fantastic. The start of the 24 can't come quick
"The test went really well and we definitely increased momentum.
worked really hard and we gained from our performance in the previous
It was great to be on the track again at Homestead and it was very nice
see some hometown fans at the track. I'm sure we'll all be working hard
improve even more for our next test at Daytona!"
"This is a great team to drive for. They are very professional
approach to racing, and they come ready with a well prepared car. The
was great coming out of the trailer. We tested some components, but
not change much as the car was already well balanced. It's quite a treat
compared to my last season in IRL where the package was not competitive."
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, 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
For additional information on Milka please visit www.milkaduno.com.
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