MOORESVILLE, May 21, 2011: After tackling two Superspeedways and two short tracks thus far in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season, Milka Duno is ready for something a little more familiar – road course racing. While she is an ARCA Racing Series Rookie, Duno is certainly no stranger to the twists and turns of road course racing and couldn’t be more ready to tackle New JerseyMotorsportsPark’s (NJMP) 2.25-mile track when the ARCA Racing Series starts their engines for the ModSpace 150 on Sunday, May 22.
While Duno will be making her first start at NJMP and has never made a stock car start on a road course, her road racing pedigree speaks for itself. Duno earned the highest finish ever by a female driver when she finished second in the 2007 edition of the legendary 24 Hours of Daytona. She also made history as the first woman to win a major international sportscar race when she drove to victory lane in the Rolex Sports Car Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway. She has a total of three overall wins in the Rolex Series and five wins in the American Le Mans Series – including two class wins in the famous Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta – the first woman in history to achieve this feat.
“I’m excited about my first race on a road course in a stock car – but I also have enough experience to know that racing on road courses in different types of race cars does not always translate 100%, especially when tackling a road course in a new type of race car for the first time,” said Duno. “Stock cars are completely different than IndyCars, Daytona Prototypes or American Le Mans Series Prototypes, and each type of car performs and handles very differently. It will be a new challenge for me on this track in a stock car – but I look forward to it and will be doing my best to deliver a good result.”
While Duno is unfamiliar with New Jersey Motorsports Park’s twists and turns her Sheltra Motorsports team has been to the 2.25-mile track three times and are ready to carry the momentum from their season-best finish last weekend at Toledo Speedway to New Jersey.
“When we sat down at the start of the year and looked at the calendar this is one of the races that we marked where we really felt like Milka could shine because of all her road course experience,” said Crew Chief Jon Wolfe. “The Sheltra Motorsports team has been working really hard in the shop and we look forward to another strong result this weekend.”
Racing begins for the ARCA Racing Series at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Saturday, May 21 with two afternoon practice sessions Menards Pole qualifying presented by Ansell at 4:30 p.m. EST. The green flag will drop for 67 laps of road course action at 1:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, May 22.