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Milka Duno Joins Dale Coyne Racing for 2010 IndyCar Series Season

Ryan WordenFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2010

NEW YORK - MAY 19:  Indy 500 driver Milka Duno poses atop a tour bus during a media availability May 19, 2008 in New York City.  (Photo by Jonathan Fickies/Getty Images)
Jonathan Fickies/Getty Images

Dale Coyne Racing signed Milka Duno today to drive the No. 18 car in the 2010 IndyCar Series.

This will mark the first year that Duno has a full ride for the season, as she is expected to take part in every race during the year.

Duno appeared last season in select races for Dreyer and Reinbold Racing with sponsorship from Citgo.

Duno is expected to bring the Citgo sponsorship to her new team. Citgo is the state-run oil company of Venezuela, with whom Duno has had a relationship for the last several years.

Dale Coyne won its first race in the IndyCar Series last year when Justin Wilson took the No. 18 Z-line car to victory lane at Watkins Glen. Wilson has moved on to Dreyer and Reinbold, where he will run a full season with teammate Mike Conway.

Duno has had very limited success during her first three years in IndyCar, with her best finish being 11th at Texas Motor Speedway in 2007. Duno has been an oval driver in the past and will run at many road and street courses for the first time this year.

The IndyCar Series is proving to be a landing spot for talented female drivers, with as many as four drivers expecting to compete at least part-time during the 2010 season.

The 2010 season kicks off March 14 from Sao Paulo, Brazil. The race will air on the Versus network with coverage starting at 11:30 am ET.

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