(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
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.