Duno’s Second Race Ends Early with Handling Issues
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (March 29, 2010) – IZOD IndyCar Driver Milka Duno was out early due to handling issues after only seven laps in today’s rescheduled Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The race, originally scheduled for Sunday, March 28, 2010, was postponed due to heavy rains and rescheduled for a start today at 10am EST.
Duno had improved from the first practice to qualifying by over three seconds in lap time – which is one of several goals on her street and road-course learning strategy. Her first four races of this year’s 2010 schedule are on street and road courses that she has not been on previously in an Indy car.
“This weekend was an incredibly challenging and frustrating experience for me,” said Duno. “To start the season with four consecutive races on tracks new to me in an Indy car, compounded by the change in the track conditions here due to the rain yesterday and the track still being wet at the start of the race today, proved difficult to overcome.”
“I know that I’m on a steep learning curve with regard to road and street courses in an Indy car – and I understand that,” added Duno. “I’m competing in this series with drivers that have more time and experience in an Indy car on these types of tracks and in these types of conditions. It’s just going to take me some time. Our intention was to do quite a bit of testing before the start of the season, but our program came together too late to accomplish this. We will be doing this testing – but we’ll now need to fit it in between the races on the schedule.”