With testing beginning today at Daytona International Speedway for the ARCA Racing Series, Sheltra Motorsports announced that Milka Duno will be behind the team's second car, the No. 63.
Her test at Daytona for the next three days will lead up to her running the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona in February for Sheltra Motorsports. There are also plans in the works to have her run some more ARCA races this year, which those plans wil be released in the next several weeks.
"I'm very excited and grateful for this opportunity to test with the 2010 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship winning team," said Duno in a press release. "Patrick, Jon and Brandon head a very skilled and dedicated organization and having met with them and visited their facility it is easy to see why they are the 2010 champions."
Duno has been competing in the IndyCar Series since 2007 and last year finished 23rd in points after running 16 of the 17 races. Her highest finish of the season was 19th.
Before running IndyCar, Duno raced Prototypes in the American LeMans Series, in which she gained eight wins and holds the record for the highest finishing female in the 24 Hours of Daytona race (second).
"We are really excited to have the opportunity to work with Milka in Daytona and to give her a shot at being the first female to win a major event in stock car racing," Sheltra said. "Our goal is to get her comfortable at the test, and I have no doubt she will have a great performance in the race."
Championship crew chief Jon Wolfe is set to work with Duno throughout the test in helping her get comfortable.
"This is truly an exciting opportunity for all of us at Sheltra Motorsports," said Wolfe. "We are aiming to carry our momentum of the 2010 championship season into 2011."
Brandon Hinson, owner of Hinson Sports Management and Director of Marketing for Sheltra Motorsports, has been working with Duno's team for several months to bring her on board.
"We made the commitment to give her the best equipment and opportunity possible to be successful," Hinson said. "I believe that when she gets behind the wheel of the No. 63 this week, it will be the beginning of a great year for Milka."
Sheltra Motorsports won their first championship last year with driver/owner Patrick Sheltra in their fourth year of competition.
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