Concord, NC – Milka Duno is gearing up for her first full season ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards campaign - behind the wheel of Venturini Motorsports’ (VMS) No.35 team entry.
With continuing sponsorship support from CANTV, Milka Way and Seguros Altamira, Duno will make her team debut on February 16th at Daytona International Speedway during ARCA’s 50th anniversary of the Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real.
“Milka possess a strong desire to succeed in the series and is expected to fit in well with our team and compete at a high level,” says Billy Venturini, Director of Competition for VMS.
Milka Duno, a native of Caracas, Venezuela has gained international fame for her efforts both on and off the track. Widely noted for becoming the first-ever Hispanic female driver to compete in the Indianapolis 500 in its 101-year history, Duno has achieved eight major race wins in the highest classes (Prototype) in the American Le Mans Series and Rolex Series and the highest finish ever by a female driver (2nd Place) in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in the 51-year history of the race.
In partial season competition in 2012 Duno earned her first top-ten finish in the ARCA Series at New Jersey Motorsports Park. She also earned two “Hard Charger” awards – at NJMP and at Salem Speedway.
“I’m really looking forward to my first full ARCA Series season and to team with Venturini Motorsports is a fantastic opportunity,” says Milka Duno. “I can’t wait to get to Daytona and hit the track with the Venturini crew in the No. 35 Toyota.”
Milka became the first Venezuelan athlete to be inducted into the Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame at their 35th Anniversary Induction Ceremony in January, 2010. In addition to being the most successful female sportscar racer in history, Milka is also a qualified Naval Engineer with four master's degrees - in Organizational Development, Naval Architecture, Aquaculture and Maritime Business – earning the last three degrees simultaneously.
In continuing efforts to use her celebrity as a catalyst to promote her philanthropic interests, in 2004 Duno started “MILKA WAY”, and educational outreach program designed promote academic excellence among children world-wide.
The 50th annual Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real airs live on SPEED Channel at 4:30 p.m. EST Saturday, February 16, and precedes NASCAR's Sprint Unlimited.
CANTV is the leading integrated telecommunications provider in Venezuela and provides domestic and international long distance telephone services throughout Venezuela, wireless telephone services, and Internet access, and publishes telephone directories. Information about CANTV is available at http://www.cantv.com.ve/
About Milka Way
In 2004, Milka launched her “Milka Way" program – whose mission it is to inspire children and students to “Aim for the Stars” and achieve academic excellence. Milka has taken this message to children and students at all school levels around the world to help inspire and motivate them and help them understand the importance of education, and how a strong academic background will benefit them their entire lives, in all aspects of their lives and in any career they choose.
About Seguros Altamira
Founded in 1993, Seguros Altamira has experienced steady growth in response to their quality of service, customer confidence, innovative products and highly competitive rates. Seguros Altamira offers excellent professionals in the area of insurance, and has a strong and strategic presence in the major cities of Venezuela. Information about Seguros Altamira is available at http://www.segurosaltamira.com/
About Venturini Motorsports
Venturini Motorsports (VMS), fielding cars in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, is one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the country. Multiple team championships and consistent on-track success, VMS has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in motorsports. Since 2007, VMS has assisted in the career development of notable NASCAR drivers such as Joey Logano, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Blaney, Brian Scott, Kevin Swindell, Miguel Paludo, John Wes Townley, Josh Richards and Scott Lagasse, Jr.