Brooklyn, Mi. – Milka Duno was doing her best to score her second top-ten finish of the season – but just barely missed it – and crossed the finish line 11th in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Patriot Pumps 200 at Michigan International Speedway.
It was Duno’s sixth top-fifteen finish in the eight ARCA Racing Series competitions so far this year.
For her first visit to Michigan International Speedway in a stock car, Duno was 13th in the practice session on Thursday and qualified 13th as well in the qualifying session leading up to the 200 miles /100 lap early-evening race on Friday.
Duno pitted during three of the race’s four cautions and received tires and fuel with each stop while adjustments were made to her No. 35 Cantv/Milka Way Toyota.
Increasing her “best lap” speeds throughout the race, Duno set her fastest race lap on lap 93 in her quest to capture the 10th-place spot.
“This is a very tough, fast track,” said Duno. “It was my first time here in a stock car and it was definitely a steep learning curve. I was really working hard for a top-ten and we were so close. I was very disappointed that we didn’t get it. But an 11th place finish here my first time out – I’ll take it.”
"Milka continues to rattle off consistent top-fifteen finishes and now finds herself in a really solid spot in the points,” said Billy Venturini, Director of Competition for Venturini Motorsports.
Duno remains 7th in the ARCA Series Driver Point Standings as she heads to her first stock car race on the 4.048-mile road course at Road America on June 22nd.
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About Milka Duno
Duno has 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 48-year history of the race. She is currently making a transition from IndyCar racing to stock car racing and for 2013 is competing for her first full season in the 2013 ARCA Racing Series Championship with Venturini Motorsports. Her next challenge is to become the first Latina in history to compete in NASCAR.
Off the track, Duno is a certified Naval Engineer who holds four master’s degrees, earning the last three simultaneously.
Duno is also working through her “Milka Way” program to inspire youth to “Aim for the Stars” and achieve academic excellence. For more information on Milka Way, visit www.milkaway.com
Fans cans also logon to her official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheOfficialMilkaDunoFanPage
Duno can also be followed on Twitter at @MilkaDuno
About Venturini Motorsports
Venturini Motorsports (VMS), fielding cars for over 30-years 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, Alex Bowman, Brian Scott, Kevin Swindell, Miguel Paludo, John Wes Townley, Josh Richards and Johanna Long.
In 2012, VMS and the Venturini family was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano, among others.
After nearly two decades away from NASCAR, 2013 marks VMS’s modern day return to the series with John Wes Townley driving the team’s familiar No.25 in selective NASCAR Nationwide Series events.