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Posted by Iannucci | 3/15/2007 | 4 comments »
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While the hopes for a Cahill racing team this year slowly fade, one of their would-be drivers has gone out and made her own luck. The IndyStar is reporting that Venezuelan hottie driver Milka Duno will be driving at some point in the IRL this year for SAMAX Motorsport, the team that also owns her current Grand Am ride.

SAMAX director Peter Baron said a car has been acquired -- league officials said it came from Hemelgarn Racing -- and a crew is in place, but he would not confirm additional details about the program.

A formal announcement is expected later this month, he said.
“A car” sounds like Duno may be looking to first demonstrate her road skills, perhaps as soon as St Pete. It would appear she has no previous experience with oval racing, but that hasn’t stopped any number of other drivers in the past. Duno would give the ICS three female drivers, which exponentially raises the number of “what’s it like to drive against (insert other female driver)” questions in post-race interviews.

Does anyone ever ask Helio Castroneves what it’s like to compete against other Brazilians? It would make as much sense.

It should be noted that the 34-year-old Duno would be the second oldest driver in the series, younger only than The Immortal Scott Sharp. Clearly they both have been enjoying clean living. But separately though – I don’t want to start any wrong-headed rumors. Besides, the Duno/SAMAX deal has yet to be formally announced.

Also in the same story, Curt Cavin details how Beck Motorsports has submitted an entry for Homestead. One catch: they have no driver.

You may ask: How is this possible? Reportedly the team tabbed 44-year-old Davey Hamilton to drive...but he’s not ready. So they have an entry at Homestead with no driver, although one would think there should be plenty around. Buddy Lazier? Felipe Giaffone? Jay Howard?

Ah, the chaos of multi-million dollar racing.


  1. Anonymous // March 15, 2007 11:14 AM  

    You're forgetting the eternally young Marty Roth, who I'm sure will race every IndyCar race once he starts getting the AARP discount on his hotel rooms. (We kid, he's only 44.)

    A better question for Milka would be: "How will it feel being dead last every week?" Her deal is lining up to be a mess - a driver new to open wheel racing on a team new to open wheel racing starting in the muddle of the season. She's a jam car, albeit with a decent sponsor, in 2007.

    The best thing this team/driver could do is go test for a while and start around, say, July - or partner with a Pro Series team and get her miles.

  2. Anonymous // March 15, 2007 11:50 AM  

    You got the dough, you're in the show. It will be interesting.

  3. Jennifer Coomer // March 15, 2007 12:41 PM  

    this is a question i like to periodically ask.

    where's billy boat?

  4. Iannucci // March 15, 2007 1:11 PM  

    I believe Billy Boat is currently operating a racing exhaust-type company here in Phoenix.

    Check out his 12-year-old son tearing up the Sprint car circuit.