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No penalties for Duno

Dreyer & Reinbold's Milka Duno will not be stripped of her license, IndyCar Series officials have said.

Duno came under fire from veteran Paul Tracy last weekend during the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Writing in his blog on his personal website, Tracy branded her a 'disaster'.

"I've got to comment on Milka," Tracy wrote. "She's a disaster out there and it's beyond even funny. Why do they give her a license?

"She's what... seven seconds off me, so eight seconds off of Briscoe. That means Ryan's gonna be lapping her every nine or ten laps if we're green all the way! Why do they let her drive? Why does she want to embarrass herself so bad?"

IndyCar Series chief steward Brian Barnhart told IndyStar.com though that Duno had not received any criticism from any other competitors at the five other events she has participated in this season.

He also pointed out that it was only one bad race, although IndyCar Series driver coach Al Undser Jr was sent to 'speak to her'.

"She's done a good job in those [five other events] and kept a competitive pace. She's earned her way into every event this season, and I think we're making a bigger deal [of Tracy's blog] than is necessary," Barnhart said.

Meanwhile Duno, who will compete in three of the four final events this year, defended herself by saying the car was a handful.

Seemingly then she was distracted by this issue when she delayed Justin Wilson on lap 37, when the Brit was battling with Scott Dixon for the lead.

"The most I could do was keep the car on the track. It was a nightmare for me," she added in the same report on IndyStar.com, during a break in the current two-day test at Infineon Raceway.



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ted - Unregistered

August 14, 2009 12:01 PM

She did sports cars mostly and in fairness, she didn't do too badly. Her speed in IRL leaves a lot to thought about though... Paul being the third person to complain about it. I don't see how she couldn't have just lifted while on a straight and let Justin and Scott through though... maybe I'm just being too obvious?

Tyrone - Unregistered

August 14, 2009 12:33 PM

Why did someone disagree with my previous comments? Just done a check on her career in sportcars. Some very good results, but only when sharing drives with up to three others. No individual times are given or length of time spent at the wheel so not very helpful! Her single seater exsperience is patchy and gives no indication as to why, apart from the obvious, she got a seat in indycar. Maybe Danica had a point!!



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