Duno’s First Street Course Effort Ends Early

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 15, 2010) – IZOD IndyCar Driver Milka Duno’s first street course effort in an Indy car ended early in Sunday’s Sao Paulo Indy 300 on the Streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Advancing as high as 16th, Duno’s effort ended on lap 20 due to suspension damage to both the right-side front and rear of the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing car.

Leaving the pits with cold tires after a green-flag pit stop, Duno tried to get up to speed too quickly before the tires were ready and spun – hitting the high curbing.

“It was unfortunate that our race ended early,” said Duno. "Our deal came together rather late and as a result we didn’t get as much testing time before the start of the season as we had planned for – only one rain-shortened session at Sebring. The team did an incredible job preparing the car for this race and adjusting to the changing track conditions at Sao Paulo.”

Duno has three partial IndyCar Seasons behind her – but without any time in an Indy car on any street course – and few road courses. 

Julio Garcia Montoya, the Venezuelan Ambassador to Brazil, attended the race in to support and cheer for Duno.

“I was proud to be competing in Latin America in IndyCar,” added Duno. “The fans in Brazil were incredibly supportive and it was an honor to compete in front of them – and a very special honor to have the Ambassador there - I just wish that I could have delivered a better result.”

Duno’s car carries primary sponsorship from CITGO and both Cantv and Rescarven are on-board as personal sponsors for the full 2010 IndyCar Championship season.”

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