Female drivers taking part in the 2007 Rolex 24 at Daytona may have been few and far between, but two of them managed to write their names into the record books at the end of the event.
After a virtually flawless performance from the #11 CITGO/SAMAX team, series stalwart Milka Duno claimed second place behind the equally reliable #01 Chip Ganassi entry, and series officials later confirmed that the Venezuelan racer's podium appearance reset the record for the highest finish by a female driver in the 45-year history of the race, revising her own 'personal best' of eighth in the event from last season.
"Our second place finish today is certainly one of the highlights of my racing career," Duno admitted, "It was a complete team effort from start to finish and I can't thank my team-mates Patrick [Carpentier], Darren [Manning] and Ryan [Dalziel] - or the incredible performance of the entire CITGO Racing team and SAMAX Motorsports enough. While I am very proud and honoured to be the highest finishing female driver ever in such a legendary race, I am most proud and thankful of my co-drivers and
crew for their spectacular performance and our great effort together as a team."
While Duno's achievement naturally garnered the most attention, race rookie Katherine Legge notched up another milestone for the fairer sex by being credited with completing the one-millionth lap in Daytona 24 Hour history. It remains unclear exactly how such a statistic could be accurately determined but after the disappointment of seeing a potential top ten finish for the relatively small Robinson Racing outfit disappear in the closing stages, the British girl will no doubt accept the honour.