Duno’s Second Race Ends Early with Handling Issues 

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (March 29, 2010) – IZOD IndyCar Driver Milka Duno was out early due to handling issues after only seven laps in today’s rescheduled Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The race, originally scheduled for Sunday, March 28, 2010, was postponed due to heavy rains and rescheduled for a start today at 10am EST.

Duno had improved from the first practice to qualifying by over three seconds in lap time – which is one of several goals on her street and road-course learning strategy. Her first four races of this year’s 2010 schedule are on street and road courses that she has not been on previously in an Indy car.

“This weekend was an incredibly challenging and frustrating experience for me,” said Duno. “To start the season with four consecutive races on tracks new to me in an Indy car, compounded by the change in the track conditions here due to the rain yesterday and the track still being wet at the start of the race today, proved difficult to overcome.”

“I know that I’m on a steep learning curve with regard to road and street courses in an Indy car – and I understand that,” added Duno. “I’m competing in this series with drivers that have more time and experience in an Indy car on these types of tracks and in these types of conditions. It’s just going to take me some time. Our intention was to do quite a bit of testing before the start of the season, but our program came together too late to accomplish this. We will be doing this testing – but we’ll now need to fit it in between the races on the schedule.”

Milka drives the No.18 CITGO/CANTV car with Dale Coyne Racing.

About Dale Coyne Racing
Dale Coyne Racing, based in Plainfield, IL, is in its 26th year of fielding Indy cars. Known for recruiting and coaching drivers, Coyne’s expertise and passion for the sport has led to his leadership position in the league.  The team is currently in the Top-10 of the 2009 IndyCar Series Championship. For more information, please visit

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products.  The CITGO familiar orange and blue triangle has been an enduring American success story since 1910.  Today CITGO operates nearly 7000 gas stations owned by a loyal group of 800 local business men and woman.  CITGO has given back to the communities of the USA and the world through its Simón Bolívar Foundation.  For more information visit

CANTV is the leading integrated telecommunication services provider in Venezuela. As of March 31, 2007, CANTV has nearly 3.6 million fixed telephony switched access lines in service, nearly 8.2 million mobile subscribers, and nearly 528,000 broadband subscribers. For more information, please visit

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