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Duno easily passes Indy rookie test

Duno easily passes Indy rookie test

Milka Duno's first laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway weren't as easy as they looked.
Duno breezed through all four phases of her rookie test Sunday, but she found out why the flat, narrow 4-kilometer (2 1/2-mile) oval is so challenging, even for veterans.
"I'm so happy because the people here made me feel so welcome," the 35-year-old Venezuelan said. "But during the test, it was not so easy for me."
Duno said she found herself saying to herself `Oh, what am I doing here?'" during the first few laps.
Duno, whose racing background was mainly in sports cars, drove her first IndyCar race last week and finished 14th at Kansas Speedway. Driving for Samax Motorsport, she quickly went through the series of four 10-lap tests in hopes of becoming just the fifth woman to race at Indianapolis.
"I understand now why the drivers say it's the most difficult track in the world, and really it is," she said. "Everything happens so quick, so fast, the track is so tight. You have to be so precise in every corner, and the four corners are all so different. You have to drive with so much concentration and focus."
If Duno joins veteran drivers Sarah Fisher and Danica Patrick in qualifying, the May 27 race would be Indy's first with three women in the lineup at the same time.
Duno drove 79 laps _ the most among the seven drivers on the track Sunday.
The only other driver required to complete the entire rookie test was Phil Giebler, who moved up from the IRL's developmental Indy Pro Series. Duno and Giebler would comprise the smallest rookie class at Indy since 1979, when Howdy Holmes was the sole first-year driver.
Five other drivers, all veterans, were also on the track for refresher tests, including team owner Michael Andretti. Full practice for veterans begins Tuesday.


Updated : 2021-10-22 03:22 GMT+08:00