Duno Herb Return To Racing

Milka Duno and Jon Herb will compete at Michigan International Speedway for the first time in the IndyCar Series, joining the field for the Firestone Indy 400.

Duno, who last raced at Richmond a month ago, will test a new Dallara chassis on the 2-mile oval before joining the Aug. 4 practice groups. Tomas Enge, a former IndyCar Series driver, will assist in setting up the car for the sweeping turns and 18-degree banking.

"I am so excited coming to Michigan with a new car, and now the use of a back-up car," said Duno, who debuted in the series in April in the No. 23 CITGO car for SAMAX Motorsport. "Most teams have the winter months to prepare. Unfortunately, we didn't have this luxury and we have been a little on the back foot with testing and preparation of a second car.

"I knew with our late entry that this year was going to be a challenge and I am grateful to CITGO and the team for all their hard work to get to this point."

Herb, who has 15 starts in the IndyCar Series and 23 in the Indy Pro Series, last competed in June at Texas Motor Speedway in the No. 19 Aercon/Dad's Root Beer Special.

"From my perspective, I've been to Michigan on a couple of occasions with the ARCA stock car series and really enjoyed that track," Herb said. "The wide-open corners suited my style; I can really drive it in there. I've always wanted to go back with the IndyCar Series, but hadn't had the opportunity until this year."

The Chicago native is seeking to expand the sponsorship base, which would allow him to race in the season finale at Chicagoland Speedway.

"Obviously, we'd like to be going to more events," said Herb, who also competed in the 91st Indianapolis 500 in May. "We've been picking and choosing. That's not necessarily a bad thing if you do it well. We haven't had the success I'd like to have at Indy or Texas. Hopefully, Michigan will be a turning point as far as getting some results.

"It's capitalizing on the momentum we have putting things together. We've shown that we can compete here, but we have to capitalize on it and realize the fruits of our efforts. I'm a Chicago native and I'd like to run that race. We're working on it."

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