Milka Duno Bio - Biography

Name Milka Duno
Naionality Venezuelan
Date of Birth April 22, 1972
Place of Birth Venezuelan
Famous for
Milka Duno (born April 22, 1972) is a Venezuelan race car driver born in Caracas. She began racing sports cars in Venezuela at the late age of 26. In 1999, she moved to the United States and attended more advanced racing schools and she drove in the Barber Dodge Pro Series in 2000. Later that year she made her American Le Mans Series debut. She made her 24 Hours of Daytona debut the next year and her 24 Hours of Le Mans debut a year later. In 2001 and 2003 she competed in the World Series by Nissan open-wheel series in Europe. Since 2004 she has competed full time in the Rolex Grand-Am series driving a Pontiac-Riley Daytona Prototype. With a second place finish in the 2007 24 Hours of Daytona, Duno became the highest-finishing female in the history of the prestigious race.

On December 14, 2006, car owner Larry Cahill announced that he had signed Duno to drive for his team in the Indy Racing League IndyCar series for 2007. However, since Cahill Racing has not yet entered any IndyCar races for 2007, there was no deal for Duno to sign. Consquently, on March 23, 2007, Duno and her Grand Am Series team, SAMAX Motorsports, sponsored by Citgo (a Venezuelan state-owned oil company), announced that they acquired the equipment to run a 10 race IndyCar series schedule in 2007, including the Indianapolis 500. It was also announced that Duno will no longer run a full schedule in the Grand Am series, choosing to devote her efforts toward the goal of running the full IRL schedule in 2008.

On April 26, 2007, Duno successfully passed her IRL rookie test at Kansas Speedway. When Duno made the field for the Kansas Lottery 300 (also held at Kansas Speedway) on April 29, 2007, it marked the first time in North American open wheel history that three women (Duno, Danica Patrick and Sarah Fisher) ran in the same race. Duno stayed out of trouble after qualifying last in the 21-car field and finished 14th.

On May 6, 2007, Duno [1] successfully completed her rookie test for the Indianapolis 500 race. This 91st running of the "Indy 500" will be the first where three women are included in the 33-car field. Duno qualified on May 19, and her speed held through Bump Day. Danica Patrick and Sarah Fisher qualified on May 12 and 13 respectively.

Milka Duno Photos