Milka Duno will compete in a limited schedule of races on the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series with RAB Racing.
The Caracas, Venezula native is a multi-time winner in the American Le Mans and Grand American Rolex Sports Car series and is a three-time Indianapolis 500 qualifier, competing at the Brickyard from 2007-2009. She claimed an overall win at the Miami Grand Prix in 2004 and her runner-up finish in the 2007 Rolex 24 at Daytona is still the best for a female driver in that event.
She has competed on the ARCA Racing Series for the past three seasons, running the full schedule for Venturini Motorsports in 2013 en route to seventh in the championship standings. She also serves as a member of the Formula One broadcast team for the Univision Deportes Network.
“I’m really very excited and honored to enter into NASCAR and the Nationwide Series,” said Duno. “It has always been a goal and dream of mine to compete in NASCAR and I worked very hard in ARCA to turn this goal into a reality. NASCAR is the most competitive and popular racing series in the USA, and I’m very proud to enter the series with RAB Racing. I look forward to competing with them in their No. 29 Toyota Camry.”
RAB Racing currently fields the No. 99 Rheem Toyota for driver James Buescher on the Nationwide Series. Veteran crew chief Chris Rice will oversee Duno’s effort. Veteran Kenny Wallace drove the team’s No. 29 Toyota to a 19th-place finish Saturday night at Iowa Speedway.
“We’ve watched Milka develop in the ARCA Racing Series and feel she is prepared for the next step in her stock car racing career,” said RAB Racing owner Robby Benton. “I think that working together with Chris Rice, Milka can find a home in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. She has a very strong fan base and we hope we can attract them to follow her in her NASCAR endeavors. Milka is very intelligent and educated and we look forward to working with her.”
The team has not announced where Duno will make her Nationwide Series debut.