RAB Racing announces female driver addition
August 04, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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RAB Racing announced Monday that it has signed Milka Duno to compete in select races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season, which would make her the first Hispanic woman to drive in a NASCAR national series event in the United States.
Duno, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, is scheduled to drive the No. 29 Toyota for team owner Robby Benton. Chris Rice, RAB competition director and a NASCAR.com contributor, will serve as crew chief.
"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," Benton said. "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."
Duno, 42, has competed in various forms of motorsports in her career, but this season will mark her first foray into NASCAR. She most recently competed in the ARCA stock-car series, registering a pole position at Talladega Superspeedway in the spring and earning a season-ending rank of seventh in the series standings.
Duno has also competed in IndyCar, where she made three starts in the Indianapolis 500, and in sports car events, where she recorded a combined eight victories in the two series that merged this year to form the IMSA-sanctioned TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
"I always strive to challenge myself as a driver and I've been fortunate to compete in many types of racing," Duno said, "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."