SAMAX Riley In CITGO Colours
Duno & McGarrity Join The Franchittis At Daytona
The CITGO Crawford was charging along in fourth
place at Daytona last year, until an accident (contact with a Porsche)
with Milka Duno at the wheel eliminated the car shortly before dawn.
always looked like the end of the CITGO – Crawford alliance,
but for the 2006 Rolex 24, the Peter Baron / SAMAX Riley carries
the colours of the Venezuelan oil company, as Milka Duno returns
to the 24 Hours, partnered by two of her 2005 Rolex partners (the
Franchitti brothers), plus Kevin McGarrity.
Pontiac (South America) connections, the Riley is necessarily Pontiac-powered
(as it was anyway last year).
"Daytona is magical – the environment,
the people, the fun – and the Daytona 24-hour is an amazing
race," Duno said. "I'm very happy to race again with Dario
and Marino because we raced last year and I learned so much from
them. We'll return with Kevin for a podium this year!"
“We were so competitive last year; we were
fast enough to win the race,” added Marino Franchitti. “It's
something to build on again for this year. I think it's going to
be even more competitive – the level just keeps going up –
but we've certainly got the car and the drivers to do it, so we'll
try our best."
Dario Franchitti, a 14 time IRL winner, is about
to make his second appearance at the Rolex 24, while Kevin McGarrity
has recently struggled to find good drives, but excelled in the
factory MG EX257s at Le Mans. He’s making his Rolex 24 debut.
"It is an added bonus to have my good friend
Kevin McGarrity on the team this year,” said Dario. “I
think we will have a lot of fun, but ultimately we are here to try
and win some watches!"
and Dan Wheldon were preparing to take the CITGO Crawford to the
flag last year, just after the point when the car was eliminated
from the race. They’ll be looking to go all the way in under
a month’s time.
at Daytona tomorrow. The full test days entry will become apparent