MILKA'S DIARY April 8, 2005
In addition to traveling at speed on the track, Milka travels
at speed off
the track as well!
In the space of three weeks, Milka has traveled from Miami to Boston, then
back to Miami, then to Manhattan, then to Puerto Rico, back to Miami and
then finally to her third race of the year at California Speedway.
Milka was in Boston on Friday night, March 18, to join with CITGO officials
for the re-lighting of the historic CITGO sign just past the famous "Green
Wall" at Boston's Fenway Park. As part of the year-long celebration of the
40th anniversary of the CITGO brand, CITGO flipped the switch to relight the
41-year-old CITGO sign in Boston's Kenmore Square at 5:15pm. The landmark
CITGO sign was originally erected in 1965 and over the last 40 years has
withstood frigid New England winters and hurricane-force winds. The 60'x60'
sign underwent a major restoration that began in the fall of 2004 with the
overall goal of restoring it to its original 1965 glamour - while also
implementing and taking full advantage of the tremendous advancements in
materials and technology.
Milka was not the only Venezuelan athlete in attendance. Joining Milka for
the ceremony were four Major League Baseball superstars - all from Venezuela
- including "Hall-of-Famer" Luis Aparicio, two-time all-star Antonio "Tony"
Armas, and current players Raul Chavez and Hector Jimenez - both with the
"I had a great time in Boston," said Milka. "It was wonderful meeting the
new president and CEO of CITGO, Felix Rodriguez, and being part of the
re-lighting of the landmark CITGO sign. I felt honored to be included in a
group of such stellar athletes that have represented Venezuela in the field
of professional sports here in the United States."
Milka arrived in New York from Miami on Wednesday in order to be the subject
of an all-day photo shoot on Thursday for her upcoming cover and article in
the May/June issue of American Airlines' in-flight Nexos magazine. Nexos
magazine reaches an annual readership of 13 million readers in 21 countries
in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia. It is written in both Spanish and
Portuguese and is distributed on all of American Airlines'
over-water-equipped aircraft. The magazine is published 6 times each year
(every two months) and 250,000 copies of each issue are printed.
Nexos enjoys considerable prestige in the Latin American publishing world,
among its readers, and the Latin American world of art and entertainment.
Milka's cover issue will join the list of covers that have been graced by
Juan Pablo Montoya, Penelope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Gloria Estefan, Carolina
Herrera and Juanes - just to name a few.
Milka will also attend the 2005 New York International Auto Show on
Saturday, March 26, in her role as spokesperson for Pontiac's largest-ever
Hispanic marketing campaign to promote the all-new G6 and other Pontiac
products. Milka will appear at the Pontiac display for a public autograph
session from 2:00-3:30pm. Milka is the first Latina to be featured in the
advertising launch of the new Pontiac G6. Since September of 2004, Milka
has been appearing in a four-page print ad and two new Spanish language
television ads as part of the launch of Pontiac's all-new entry. The
in-language, culturally relevant ads are part of Pontiac's largest Hispanic
marketing campaign ever. As Pontiac's spokesperson for the Hispanic market,
Milka has appeared in the Pontiac exhibit at various auto shows around the
country to meet fans during public autograph sessions.
Milka's popular Pontiac television commercial - originally intended solely
for the Spanish television market - aired for the fist time to the English
market during the incredibly popular "Alias" show on ABC in March!
While in New York Milka did several media interviews - including interviews
for New York's Telemundo affiliate and for New York's leading
Spanish-language daily newspaper El Diario.
"New York is a very exciting place to be," Milka commented. "The photo shoot
for Nexos magazine went very well and I'm looking forward to seeing the
images in the May/June issue of the magazine. The auto show was spectacular
and very well-attended. The Pontiac display, as always, was fantastic and
the cars looked so good. I couldn't believe how many people came by the
display and they were all admiring the cars. We did an autograph session and
I got the opportunity to meet many longtime racing fans - and even more new
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Milka jets from New York to Puerto Rico on Sunday, March 27 to participate a
taping of the television show Objetivo FAMA in San Juan. Milka will meet the
Objetivo FAMA contestants at the Objetivo FAMA house for a motivational talk
where they will discuss setting goals and persevering to make them happen.
After the talk Milka will drive Pontiac cars with the show contestants for
the taping of the driving experience segment for the show.
"Objetivo FAMA is such a popular and relevant television show," remarked
Milka. "The contestant's are all trying to achieve their personal goals and
attain success. I was asked to give them a motivational speech based on my
own experience that was followed by a question and answer segment when we
could really interact. They asked very good questions and it was a wonderful
experience. I was then able to take some of the contestants for rides in a
Pontiac and demonstrate the unique capabilities of the car. This was my
first trip to Puerto Rico and I can tell you that San Juan is an incredibly
beautiful city with spectacular beaches - and the people I met were so
Next stop for Milka was the third race of her fourteen-race Rolex Sports Car
Series season - at California Speedway in Fontana, CA, on April 3rd.
An "open-test" day scheduled for Thursday, March 31 was cancelled due to
California's rare - but legendary - "Santa Ana" winds - which were
generating gusts up to 70 mph.
Practice and Qualifying sessions were held on Friday and Saturday - with the
400-mile race starting at 1:00pm PST on Sunday, April 3rd.
Milka, along with her co-driver Andy Wallace and the Howard-Boss Motorsports
team earned their first top-five finish of the new season with a very
exciting fourth-place finish.
"It was really a good race, very close and exciting at the finish," said
Milka. "We were in a strong race for a podium finish and were very, very
close. We finished fourth and because of that, I'm very happy. In my
opinion, a good racing team is striving all the time to better their
results. We finished this race with a much better result from last year
(9th) which demonstrates that we are constantly improving. Many thanks to my
teammate Andy (Wallace) and the entire team for working so very hard."
Please stay tuned - Milka's next race with be at Laguna Seca Raceway in
Monterey, CA on May 1.