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Milka Duno makes move to NASCAR

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Duno at Indy 500 (©GettyImages)
Duno at Indy 500 (©GettyImages).

RAB Racing has announced that they have signed Milka Duno, longtime ARCA Racing Series and IndyCar Racing Series driver, to compete in several races during the remainder of the 2014 season. Duno will drive for RAB racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series becoming the first Hispanic female driver in history to compete in a NASCAR national series in the United States. Duno said it was a move she was very proud of.

"NASCAR is the most competitive and popular racing series in the USA,” Duno stated.”I'm very proud to enter the (Nationwide) series with RAB Racing and I look forward to competing with them in their No. 29 Toyota Camry."

Last year during the ARCA Racing Series 2013 season Duno captured the pole at Talladega Superspeedway and she finished seventh in points. That placed her second highest finishing female in points over ARCA’s 60 plus years of competitive racing.

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"I'm really very excited and honored to enter into NASCAR and the Nationwide Series," said Duno. "It has always been a goal and dream of mine to compete in NASCAR and I worked very hard in ARCA to turn this goal into a reality. I always strive to challenge myself as a driver and I've been fortunate to compete in many types of racing - and while the competition is always my number one focus - I am very proud of the history that I have made as a female driver, and the Hispanic sports history as well, that has been made along the way."

Duno Racing History

Duno, also a certified Naval Engineer with four master's degrees, enters the NASCAR garage area with a nice history of racing currently under her belt. She has raced in a variety of series and events along with her time behind the wheel in the ARCA Racing series where she often drove under the Venterini Motorsports banner. In addition, Duno has eight major race wins in the American Le Mans Series and the Grand American Rolex Series. She has a second place finish in the 24 Hours at Daytona.

She has won the Rolex Series Grand Prix of Miami making her the first woman in history to win a major international race in the United States of America. Duno was also the first Hispanic female driver to race in the Indianapolis 500 in 2007. IndyCar racing became Duno’s bread and butter as she competed in the Indy 500 for three consecutive seasons and in the IndyCar Series for four consecutive seasons from 2007 to 2010 running partial and full seasons.

It was in 2011 when she moved to stock car racing by jumping behind the wheel of an ARCA Series car. The 2011 and 2012 seasons were run on partial schedules before running a full campaign in the series 2013. Like her historic move to NASCAR, Duno was also the first Hispanic female driver to compete in ARCA.

The RAB Pit Box 

Robby Benton, owner of RAB Racing, is not setting Duno up to fail. He’s put a nice leader atop her pit box. She will have the help of a veteran crew chief in the form of Chris Rice. In 2013, Rice was behind the success of RAB Racing's No. 99 Toyota Camry when the team captured two poles, two top-5 finishes, and six top-10 finishes. The idea of bring Duno onboard at RAB with Rice is an opportunity that he thinks the longtime ARCA driver is ready for.

"We've watched Milka develop in the ARCA Racing Series and feel she is prepared for the next step in her stock car racing career," said RAB Racing owner Robby Benton. "I think that working together with Chris Rice, Milka can find a home in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. She has a very strong fan base and we hope we can attract them to follow her in her NASCAR endeavors. Milka is very intelligent and educated and we look forward to working with her."

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