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ARCA Racer and Mike Buckley Team Spotter Lee Mohr passed away.
(LOS ANGELES, Calif. - February 28, 2011) - Race car driver Milka Duno has been selected as an Es El Momento Ambassador for the second phase of Univision’s highly successful, multi-platform education initiative, Es El Momento (The Moment is Now). The initiative's second phase highlights the importance of children having role models in their lives, encouraging parents to teach by example and instill in their children the importance of education, as the key to their success.
The Es El Momento ambassadors were selected based on their outstanding achievements and inspirational stories of success that were positively impacted by the presence of their parents and role models. Es El Momento’s second phase illustrates the inspirational journey of Hispanic individuals who were given the support and motivation needed to follow their dreams and aspirations. The campaign further underscores the importance of engagement and parents’ and role models’ presence in their children’s lives to ensure academic achievement.
The 2010 Census is expected to show there are more than 50 million Hispanics in the U.S., and that overall, the population growth in the United States is being driven by the Hispanic community. Yet according to some of the latest research, Hispanic students across the country continue to lag behind in graduation rates compared to their non-Hispanic peers.
“I’m very honored to have been selected as an ambassador for Es El Momento,” said Duno. “I am very passionate about education and I want to do everything that I can to inspire young children and students to study hard and aim for the stars! My passion about this very worthwhile effort and my outreach via my Milka Way program are in wonderful harmony with the goals set forth in the Es El Momento initiative and I am very proud to be involved.”
The second phase of Es El Momento presents a series of motivational Public Service Announcements (PSAs) featuring leading Hispanics, including race car driver and engineer, Milka Duno; composer, lyricist and Tony Award-winner, Lin-Manuel Miranda; NASA astronaut and engineer, José Hernández; and award-winning novelist, Sandra Cisneros.
Duno’s parents were an incredible source of inspiration for her and through their own example of hard work and perseverance going to school while also raising Milka and her brothers in Venezuela. In Duno’s Es El Momento PSA, airing now on Univision, Duno is featured along with her mother – also named Milka.
To view the PSA featuring Milka and her mother, please follow the link below:
An Es El Momento Special, titled Tu Ejemplo. Mi Inspiracion.(Your Example. My Inspiration), also featuring Milka and her mother, will air on Univision this Saturday, March 5 at 5pmEST/4pmC.
Duno has eight major career race wins to her credit – and her passion and determination to succeed on the track is equaled by her passion and desire to “give back” off the track. Duno is also a qualified Naval Engineer with four master's degrees - in Organizational Development, Naval Architecture, Aquaculture and Maritime Business – earning the last three degrees simultaneously.
Seven years ago Duno launched her “Milka Way”program - whose mission it is to inspire children and students to “Aim for the Stars” and achieve academic excellence. Duno has taken this message to children, students, parents and teachers at all school levels around the world – including her home country of Venezuela, Malaysia, Canada, all across the USA and in Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Through these Milka Way appearances Duno strives to help inspire and motivate children, students and their parents and help them understand the importance of education – and how a strong academic background will benefit them their entire life – in all aspects of their life – and in any career they choose.
“I’ve been given many wonderful opportunities and I feel that it is a responsibility to make the most out of each and every one of them,” added Duno. “My parents worked very hard to provide me with many educational opportunities and they were a tremendous source of inspiration for me. I have a strong desire to give back – to let others know that they too can achieve all of their dreams and to help in any way I can to motivate and inspire them – to take advantage of every opportunity and to make their dreams come true!”
About Univision’s Es El Momento
Es El Momento, launched in February 2010, is Univision’s comprehensive, multi-platform, national education initiative aimed at improving academic achievement among K-12 Hispanic students. The initiative focuses on college readiness, high school and college completion, as well as engaging Hispanic parents and the broader community. This effort is conducted in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, community, education and civil rights groups from around the country. Other partners include ASPIRA, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, The College Board and NASA. As the premier media company serving the U.S. Hispanic community, Univision’s mission is to inform, entertain and empower Hispanics. Es El Momento builds on Univision’s legacy of supporting the community through the creation of initiatives on issues affecting them, including education, health and civic engagement.
About Milka Duno
Duno has eight major race wins in the highest classes (Prototype) in the American Le Mans Series and Rolex Series and the highest finish ever by a female driver (2nd Place) in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in the 48-year history of the race. Go, Milka, Go! - a book about her life and racing career, was awarded the Best Young Adult Sports/Recreation Book of 2009 at the 11th Annual International Latino Book Awards. In 2010, Duno became the first Venezuelan athlete inducted into the Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame.
(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - February 19, 2011) - The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season opener at Daytona marked Chris Lawson’s ARCA debut. It was a hard fought week, but in the end Lawson turned in a respectable finish of 22nd.
Having limited track time at Daytona, Lawson was hoping to get a lot of valuable experience during Thursday’s four hour practice session. However, last minute preparations to the car only allowed him six laps of on track action.
“I was extremely hesitant heading into qualifying. I made so many changes after practice that I had no idea how the car was going to react,” Lawson said. But after picking up nearly one second from his fastest practice lap, Lawson posted a time of 49.801 placing him 29th on the starting grid and most importantly locked into the field on his qualifying time.
For the start of the race Lawson decided to drop his No. 18 Ideal Steel Dodge Charger to the rear of the field. “I knew didn’t have a car to contend for the win. I’d like to take this car to Talladega, and if I got caught up in any wrecks, that wasn’t going to happen,” Lawson explained. “My objective was to stay out of trouble and keep the car in one piece.”
Mission accomplished. Chris Lawson finished the race on the lead lap in 22nd position with only minor damage to the right front fender. He obtained a lot of respect at Daytona for his efforts and rightfully so.
While some teams spent months preparing their cars for Daytona, Lawson had limited time and a shoestring budget. Just two weeks ago he pulled the car out of Jimmy Means’ barn in Forest City, North Carolina and went to work.
Not only did Lawson prep his car in a couple of weeks, he had a limited number of hands to help in the garage as well. “I showed up at Daytona with one crew member to help me out. But I had a lot of people pitch in at the track, and we made it work. I cannot thank everyone enough for their support and I want to thank Ideal Steel for coming on board,” Lawson stated.
Look for Chris Lawson next behind the wheel of the No. 18 Ideal Steel Custom Flame Cutting Dodge Charger at Talladega (Ala.) Speedway for Talladega ARCA 250 on April 15th, 2011 live on SPEED.
(STATESVILLE, N.C. - February 26, 2011) - Gibson Motorsports, family owned and operated in Statesville, N.C. announced today their intent to move their team from the USARacing Pro Cup Series to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in 2011 with driver John Gibson at the helm.
Gibson Motorsports started their presence in the USARacing Pro Cup Series in 2006 and gradually increased their schedule to a season-high 13 races in 2010. However with the 26-year old determined to move up the ladder, the team has elected to bow-out of their endeavors in USAR and strive towards ARCA, a series that hails similarities towards NASCAR where Gibson hopes to eventually land.
During his five year tenure in USAR, Gibson has accumulated 46 starts, five top-fives and 17 top-10 runs. He has also controlled the field for 85 laps. In 2010, at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, the Springfield, Missouri native started fifth and roared to a career-best second in his No. 13 Mitigator / Spray Paint and Equipment / RF85 Ford Fusion.
“The USARacing Pro Cup Series is a great series and I’m very appreciative of the time we’ve spent there, but as a company, we feel that advancing our platform to the ARCA Racing Series in 2011 just seems right,” said John Gibson.
The former International Karting Federation (IKF) champion added, “the transition will not be easy. We’ve decided to sell the USAR cars to allow another team or driver to add some good race cars to their fleet. Once we’ve crossed that project off, we’ll focus on looking at some ARCA cars to buy. We’re going to ease ourselves into the series. We’re not planning to race until mid-season or near the end, but it’s going allow us some time to make sure we do everything right and even allow me to do some coaching or other racing-related things on the USAR side if need be.”
Gibson also stressed that his limited schedule in ARCA this year will be dependent on the team’s sponsorship dollars. “Mitigator has been a great supporter to this race team and we know if they make this leap with us, it will be beneficial for our platform all the way around. We’re also working on some other avenues, so hopefully we’ll be okay.”
Currently, the team is eyeing several short tracks and the final intermediate race of the season at Kansas Speedway in October as potential outings.
Gibson Motorsports also confirmed today that they will utilize Mooresville’s Knight Motorsports Management (KMM) on a consultant basis in 2011.
For marketing partnerships with Gibson Motorsports and their rising protégé John Gibson and purchasing information with details on Gibson Motorsport’s USARacing Pro Cup Series inventory please visit the team’s official website at JohnGibsonRacing.com.
Today, March 01, 2011, 32 minutes ago
Jeff Gordon’s win Sunday was his 83rd career Cup win, tying him with Cale Yarborough for fifth on the all-time list. The connection between Gordon and Yarborough stretches beyond that. Let Gordon tell the story: “First guy I ever drove a Cup car for was Cale Yarborough. A lot of people don't realize that. Of course, I spun that car that day, too.
Jeff Gordon chased Kyle Busch down, got past him after some contact and went on to win Sunday’s race at Phoenix to snap a 66-race winless streak that was nearly two years old. So how to celebrate? Gordon was on his way to Los Angeles after the race to attend a post-Oscar party. Guess he’ll have something to talk about.
Today, March 01, 2011, 47 minutes ago
Today, March 01, 2011, 1 hour ago
One fan asked Trevor Bayne if he was married. Another wanted
to know what his favorite Bible verse is. The Daytona 500 winner grinned as he
answered each question and remarked how good it was to be home.
Sam Schmidt will return as a full-time owner in the IZOD IndyCar Series after acquiring the assets of FAZZT Race Team.
USF2000 WinterFest champion Zach Veach will be featured on NBC's Today to promote his new book.
The Milwaukee 225 pace cars are en route to the inaugural Pace Car Party on March 2 from 7-9 p.m. at Mo's Irish Pub in downtown Milwaukee.
INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard has been on the job formally for one year. He tackles a few questions about the future.
44 cars entered for the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ..........
Mark Kent, manager of GM Racing, said Sunday that a Chevy has a model selected for the new 2013 Sprint Cup entry, but he wouldn't reveal what it is.......
Today, March 01, 2011, 10 hours ago
Cole Seely will be given an opportunity to ride with American Honda at Indianapolis during Round 10 of the 2011 AMA Supercross Championship.
Our contributing correspondent sheds light on the India-based company, Mahindra, which has launched a MotoGP team under the assistance of Engines Engineering.
Pre-sale tickets for the 2011 USGP at Glen Helen are currently available for purchase.
Zero adds to its 2011 lineup by one, bringing a street version of its off-road bike that features a removable battery pack and quick-charging option.
Kawasaki's Tyler Bowers has been on a winning streak ever since taking over the 2011 Arenacross series three weeks ago in his hometown of Louisville.
KTM's Russell Bobbitt captured the opening round of the 2011 AMA National Enduro series in Salley, South Carolina ahead of two-stroke rider, Brad Bakken.
Privateer rider Bobby Garrison swept both days in Round 2 of the 2011 WORCS Championship as the series made its way into Primm, Nevada.
Hungry for knowledge and an update to its skills, MCUSA revisits the principles of motorcycling with a trip through Team Oregon’s Basic Rider Course.
Unionized employees in Harley-Davidson's Kansas City plant followed precedence set in York and Wisconsin when it approved a new seven-year labor agreement today.
As the result of a poll issued to members of the AMA Pro Road Racing paddock, Miller Motorsports Park has been officially added to the 2011 schedule.
Harley-Davidson will debut the all-new H-D1 Custom Bike Showcase during the 2011 Daytona Bike Week, with H-D owners invited to enter their custom bikes for a chance to win prizes.
SPEED network will deliver live coverage of the 2011 Daytona 200 event taking place March 12th at 1:00 p.m. eastern.
The 2011 AMA Supercross Championship takes an aggressive turn in Atlanta as TwoTwo Motorsports' Chad Reed and San Manuel Yamaha's James Stewart rekindle their rivalry.
The AMD World Custom Bike Building is holding a competition at the upcoming Carole Nash Irish Motorbike & Scooter Show with the winners earning a trip to compete in Sturgis.
Öhlins shock upgrades for Metric cruisers are available for a limited time, from Öhlins USA, with pricing at a totally unbelievable almost 50% off.
Zero Motorcycles announced a new addition to its senior leadership team by naming Karl Wharton as Chief Operating Officer.
Babbitt’s Monster Energy/TiLUBE Kawasaki's Tyler Bowers nabbed his fourth consecutive Arenacross victory in Sacramento on Saturday after dominating the 25-lap main.
With a revamped tail section, new-look fuel tank, split drag-style bars and the lowest seat height of any Harley, the 2011 Blackline is The Motor Company's newest Dark Custom Softail.
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