Milka Duno Finds Out It Takes More Than Good Looks To Race in Series

Sal Sigala Jr.Senior Analyst IJuly 26, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 22:  Milka Duno of Venezuela driver of the #18 Dale Coyne Racing Dallara Honda poses in pit lane during Pole Day qualifying for the IZOD IndyCar Series 94th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 22, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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With attendance at an all-time low, who would have ever thought the IZOD IndyCar series would be willing to lose more revenue by penalizing one the series' hottest drivers?

Now, I’m not talking about hottest as in a driver, who is consistently in victory lane, but instead a driver who at one time was probably a prom queen, and she holds four masters degrees in naval engineering.

In the sex sells society in which we live, not even those accomplishments were enough to keep Milka Duno, a Venezuelan born, former model, Indy car racer who holds the record for the highest finish for a female driver in the 24 Hours of Daytona from being put on probation.

The Indy Racing League, the sanctioning body for the IZOD IndyCar Series, has placed driver Milka Duno on probation through Dec. 31, 2010 for not consistently meeting minimal performance standards.

Duno's probation requires immediate and substantial improvement to her driving during the remaining events on the 2010 schedule.

Substantial improvement is defined as consistently meeting the performance standards set by the league on a particular circuit.

On road and street courses this is measured in terms of time (107 percent of lead car), and on ovals it is measured in terms of speed (10 mph of the lead car).

In addition to time and speed, other requirements include car control/placement and interaction with other cars on track.

If the improvements are not met, the league may impose other penalties at its discretion.

Pursuant to Rule 9.3 (C): The Senior Official may place a member on probation. Probation is a state of limitation upon a Member's privileges usually following an act or omission occurring before or during membership with which calls into question the Member's willingness or ability to abide by standards required for membership.

The purpose of probation is to establish a process to allow a Member to prove, by the Member's conduct, that the standards of membership are understood and will be honored at all times.

During probation, a member is under heightened scrutiny and a member can be required to abide by specific standards of conduct which are more stringent than those which are otherwise applicable.

If a member violates probation, the member is subject to a more severe penalty. The duration and condition of the probation are within the discretion of the officials.

Duno will have the opportunity to contest the penalty, pursuant to the IZOD IndyCar Series rule book.