(LOS ANGELES, California – January 21, 2014) – ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver Milka Duno will participate as a newly-elected member in this year’s first 2014 official meeting of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Women & Motor Sport Commission (WMC) in Doha, Qatar this February 19-21.The FIA is a non-profit association established in 1904 to represent the interests of motoring organizations around the world. Headquartered in Paris the FIA consists of 213 national member organizations in 125 countries worldwide.
Most recently Duno finished seventh in the 2013 ARCA Racing Series presented by Meanrds point standings, becoming the highest finishing Venezuelan driver and the highest finishing female driver since Shawna Robinson finished sixth in 2000. During the 2013 season, Duno captured the Menards Pole Award at Talladega Superspeedway, led laps in the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway and earned two top-10 finishes. She has made 47 all-time ARCA starts. Her ARCA plans for 2014 have yet to be announced.
Its most prominent role is in the licensing and arbitration of the Formula One and World Rally Championship series. The International Olympic Committee provisionally recognized the federation in 2011, and granted full recognition in 2013.
Elected into the commission last December, Duno will join the group of thirty women members of the sports committee which is chaired by Michèle Mouton, President of the Women & Motor Sport Commission and 2nd place finisher in the 1982 World Rally Championship.
Duno and Japanese driver Keiko Ihara, who last year competed in the World Endurance Championship in the LMP2 category, are the only active drivers that are part of this organization that was created in 2009 under the direction of the president of the FIA, Jean Todt. The Spanish driver, Maria De Villotta, recently deceased, served on the commission as well.
Monisha Kaltenborn, team principal and CEO of the Sauber Formula One team is also part of the commission. Kaltenborn is the first female team principal in Formula One history.
Duno becomes the third Latin American to be elected to the committee and will be working with Brazilian Fabiana Fozzie Ecclestone (wife of Formula 1 boss Bernie Eccelstone) and from Mexico, Dr. Jennifer Bertin, an otolaryngologist and trauma specialist with over two decades of experience relating to motor sports.