The braintrust at TrackSide Online was the first to let us know today that Milka Duno may not be all that and a signed check.
There are persistent rumors in the paddock that the Milka Duno deal may not happen with NHLR. We have nothing official to go on and caution that this is just speculation, but the rumors are so widespread, we felt it should at least be noted.This evening, Robin went a step further and said she's gone shopping.
She is not here testing and the rumor mill suggests that there could be an issue with a portion of her sponsorship deal. It is important to point out that her deal with Newman Haas Lanigan Racing has never been officially announced. Speculation (and this is clearly speculation) by a large number of people in the paddock is that her chances of actually racing with the team at St. Pete are in the 50/50 range.
Testing resumes Monday but it appears Milka Duno is looking for a ride. She had practiced with Newman/Haas/Lanigan at Homestead last month and the team had cleared space in its shop to run three cars but evidently her funding fell short of what had been promised.Meanwhile her would-be teammate Robert Doornbos had the 2nd-fastest lap time of all participants at Barber Motorsports Park today. I believe they share the same "Arctic Ice" sponsor, although no one has said that they are the sponsor in question here. Just throwing that out there in case their logo suddenly disappears from Bobby D's car.