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Mika Duno following Danica to NASCAR

Milka Duno

IndyCar Series regular Milka Duno will make her stock-car debut during the ARCA Series test at Daytona International Speedway Dec. 18-20, driving Braun Racing's No. 90 Toyota.

“This will be a new challenge for me and one that I’ve been looking forward to,” Duno said. “I know it won’t be easy – it will be hard work – but work that I’m ready to take on.”

Duno holds the record for the best finish by a female driver in the 24 Hours of Daytona with a second-place overall finish in 2007.

Duno competed in the American Le Mans Series in 2001 and has competed in the Rolex and IndyCar ranks and says she has had previous opportunities to compete in a stock car.

“My goal was to reach open-wheel racing in the United States and the Indy 500,” said Milka, “I just completed my third season in IndyCar and this year I decided not to once again pass on an opportunity to get behind the wheel of a stock car.”

Braun Racing, which now fields entries in the Nationwide Series, began as an ARCA team in 2002.

"Milka and I met and I expressed an interest in her testing for NASCAR and she expressed interest as well - and we were more than happy to make that a reality," team owner Todd Braun said. "She is a very talented driver and has experienced success in both sports car and open-wheel racing - the natural progression would be for her to drive a stock car. I have always enjoyed working with drivers new to NASCAR and I look forward to the test with Milka." SceneDaily

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