Milka Duno back on track

April 24, 2009
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dunoDreyer  and  Reinbold Racing announced yesterday afternoon that Milka Duno will be returning to the team’s Indy Racing League effort for 2009. The Venezuelan driver will be competing in a limited schedule starting at Kansas City this weekend. Duno is expected to try to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 next month.

“We had significant momentum last year and we want to pick up where we left off and continue to get results,” said Dennis Reinbold, Dreyer and Reinbold Racing co-owner. “Also, we are very proud that Citgo is returning as a primary sponsor on the No. 23 car.”

Duno had to scale back her season when Citgo scaled back its sponsorship this season.

Not only will Duno be partnering with driver Mike Conway, who will be piloting the No. 24 Dad’s Root Beer machine, but she will also bring her oval experience to the table that will aid in Conway's learning curve as he visits Kansas for the first time, Reinbold said.

“I’m really happy to be racing and to be back at Kansas,” Duno said. “This track is a very special place for me, because I made my debut in the [IRL] here. The fans are very supportive. I’m also very happy to be coming back to Dreyer and Reinbold Racing as they did a great job last year.”

While Duno’s on-track results have been spotty, she has been a solid fan and media attraction for the IRL. One of Duno’s most publicized moments in the league was a very public squabble with Danica Patrick last year at Mid-Ohio.
  • :lol:

    Milky = everything the IRL stood for in the original vi$ion$:

    1. Ride buyer
    2. Foreign born
    3. Oval Specialist/Short tracker
    4. American Sponsors
    5. Proven talent
    6. OK - i will stop.

    The IRL: Easy to make fun of. :lol:
  • Duno is better than given credit for. She arrived to the IRL in junk equipment with a new team and the shunt with the wall in her first Indy was caused by a Gomer Hero Worship driver who was driving at 1982 speeds in 2007. That is factoid. She was blowing by half a dozen Gods of The Gomer Geeks and got caught out by a slowfooted has-been and spun out. Many a veteran hero has done the same thing and was post-raced foot-worshipped by the Gomers.

    Last year Duno was taken out by another Gomer Hero Worship dirver who could not stand the thought of a female passing his washed-up, sorry pimple-pocked can, and yet she was able to go back out and finish the race while the other guy went to the garage much to the chagrin of the droolers in the stands who must have thrown down their beer can hard hats in rage and cried.

    She has been slow on road courses but otherwise average to above average on ovals and by no means the horrible driver Gomer Droolers and Chronic IRL-Fan ... ... Manipulators at places like WhackForum and the GreedTV forums drum-bang between ...

    But agenda is agen-di isn't it? Duno has had no more shunts, and fewer in some cases, than several of the real race car drivers WhackForum have posters of in their bedroom's at momma's house. What freaking geeks the WhackForum crowd truly are. I thought the nerd thing was so yesterday but then you read their stuff.
  • Wow, some objectivity from Count Tracula, nice.
  • And Dahooey again foams at the mouth. Good news for IRL=bad news for the TG/IRL Haters. All the things that were bad at c?rt/owrs/ccws included a business model that could not be sustained. Three bankruptcies in 10 years or so proves that.
  • The Count must be off his meds today. Guess he has strong opinions but it's hard to translate his psycho-babble.

    Meanwhile, the Citgo-propped Milkster (she of the multi Master's degrees?) returns to IRL infamy, bringing fear to every driver on the same track, while former Champ Car champion Paul Tracy sits on the sidelines and wonders how his career could go so wrong, so fast.
  • Hey, Steve, haven't you heard, he'll be back in the mix beginning with Indy.
  • Someone better keep Ashley Franchitti away from Milka the rolling speed bump on Race Day.
  • Just grate. :lol:
  • I'm sure Danica is thrilled. I guess I don't understand why anybody would field a car when one cannot compete. But then again, everything is about marketing and branding rather than sport. What was I thinking? Duno is perfect for today's sports business model.
  • the way i see it. 3 to 1 race fans do not like the IRL.

    IRL = easy to make fun of. :lol:
  • Da Hooey = fun to make easy of
  • Your right INdayman. ALl these IRl haters reely scorch my brithces. MILKa is good for teh IRl. HElls BElles just one look at here will tell you that hahahahaha DOnt tell me how grate CARt was. WHere woud she be in CARt hahahahaha

    THe IRl rocks

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