Duno on double secret probation

Posted by Iannucci | 8/07/2007 | 5 comments »
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From the intrepid Curt Cavin:

The Indy Racing League has put rookie driver Milka Duno on probation, forcing her to hone her skills elsewhere if she is to continue with the series.

According to chief steward Brian Barnhart, probation means that "virtually everything she does will be scrutinized, with no mistakes (allowed)."

Barnhart instructed SAMAX Motorsport officials to have Duno begin testing with IRL veteran Tomas Enge to improve her skills racing with other cars. Duno will not compete in Saturday night's race at Kentucky Speedway.
For a guy who two weeks ago was nowhere on the ICS radar, Ryan Hunter-Reay should be rather confident that he has just been handed the Bombardier Rookie of the Year award.

And not to defend Duno, but isn't it ironic (don't ya think) that she's the only one who get any kind of probation after a race in which she was perhaps the least aggressive driver, going about 15 MPH slower than everyone. That said, this is looooong overdue.

As a side note: if you click on the "Curt Cavin" link you can read how AJ Foyt had to fight off a water moccasin while he was rescuing himself recently from his underwater bulldozer expedition. Somehow I think it was the snake that needed assistance from that confrontation.


  1. MoneyCJ // August 07, 2007 8:29 AM  

    Overdue. My issues w her sponsor aside, she does not belong on the track until her driving improves. Props to the Iron Hand of Justice.

  2. Johnny // August 07, 2007 9:37 AM  

    Yeah, and still incredulous it's Enge providing the edumacation sessions. Of course a certain unnamed open wheel journalist predicted this 6 months ago, but everybody was hatin' on him at the time.

  3. Jeff Iannucci // August 07, 2007 10:48 AM  

    Well, not exactly. Certain unnamed "journalist" said she had no business driving because she was going to kill someone, which is very different than not being be able to ever get up to speed.

    Most races she's either half a track away or pulling into the pits. She's slow and not good, we just don't know if she's THAT not good.

  4. Johnny // August 07, 2007 11:32 AM  

    Yeah, but at the time it was unpopular to criticize anything about her other than her sponsorship. He Who Shall Not Be Named always overplays his hand a little bit, but most sane readers deduced the outcome would look about like this.

  5. Dale Nixon & Ms. Kitty Killy // August 08, 2007 6:09 AM  

    Got Milka? shirts for all!