Milka Duno: Venezuelan Race Car Driver, Winner of Rolex Series Miami Grand
Prix Reveals her Workout, Diet and Beauty Secrets
Milka was born in Caracas and is a Venezuelan race car driver. She was
introduced to the sport when she was invited to a driving clinic by a car club
in Venezuela. She holds master's degrees in Organizational Development, Naval
Architecture, Maritime Business, and Marine Biology (earning
the last three masters degrees simultaneously) and
also she has worked as a naval engineer.
Talent, beauty, brains and competitiveness are just a few of the adjectives that
can be used to describe race car driver Milka Duno - one of the most successful
female race car drivers in the world today. Milka has competed in more types of
race cars in more different racing series than any other current female driver –
and has eight major motorsport wins to her credit.
When Milka won the Rolex Series Miami Grand Prix she became the first woman in
history to win a major international race in the USA. Milka also earned the
highest finish ever by a female driver, 2nd place, in the now 52-year history of
the legendary 24 Hours of Daytona. Milka was the first Hispanic female driver,
in the now 101-year history of the race, to qualify for and compete in the world
famous Indianapolis 500 - a race that she would qualify for and compete in for
three consecutive years.
Milka is now making another historical transition – from IndyCar to stock car
racing – and in 2013 competed in her first full stock car racing season in the
ARCA Racing Series. She finished the season 7th in the Driver Point Standings
and became the 2nd highest finishing female driver in ARCA's 61-year history.
During the 21-race season Milka earned the ARCA Series pole at Talladega
Superspeedway and generated two top-10 and thirteen top-15 finishes. In the 2013
ARCA Series season open at Daytona Milka qualified 2nd and took the lead on the
Milka is the first Hispanic woman to compete in stock car racing on a national
level in the United States. Milka inducted into the Latin American International
Sports Hall of Fame. Milka became the first Venezuelan athlete to be inducted
into the Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame at their 35th
Anniversary Induction Ceremony in January, 2010.
Milka Duno Achievements in Car Racing
First Hispanic woman to compete in the ARCA Racing Series in its 61-year
Earned the highest finish for a Venezuelan driver in the ARCA Racing
Series in its 61-year history.
2nd highest finishing woman in the ARCA Racing Series driver point
standings in its 61-year history.
Earned pole position in the 2013 ARCA Racing Series race at Talladega
Super speedway becoming only the 4th woman in history to win an ARCA Racing
Series pole and the first Venezuelan to earn an ARCA Racing Series pole in
the 61 year history of the ARCA Racing Series and only the 2nd woman to earn
a ARCA Racing Series pole at Talladega
Super speedway in 25 years.
First woman in history to win a major international race in the United
Eight professional career race wins at top levels. Numerous wins at
During her time in the ARCA, IndyCar, Rolex and American Le Mans Series
has earned 8 wins, 13 podium appearances, 16 top-5 finishes and 26 top-10
First Hispanic woman, in the 101-year history of the race, to compete in
the Indy 500.
First Hispanic woman to compete in the IndyCar Series.
First Hispanic woman to lead an IndyCar Series race.
Historic 2nd place finish and highest finish ever by a female driver in
the 24 Hours of Daytona in its now 52-year history.
Three wins in the Rolex Grand American Series.
Five wins in the American Le Mans Series.
First woman to win at Petit Le Mans – has won twice.
In only 2nd year of racing named "Venezuelan Auto Racing Driver of the
In only 2nd year of racing won first racing championship – Panoz GT
Crowned Vice-Champion Driver in American Le Mans LMP 675 Championship.
First woman to reach the podium in GTS Class of American Le Mans
Milka wins Ferrari Challenge Race at Road Atlanta and becomes the first woman to win a
Challenge Race in North America
• First woman to drive LMP 900 – fastest car in American Le Mans Series.
• First woman to drive Daytona Prototype – fastest car in Rolex Series.
• Twice competing at legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, France.
• Invited by Porsche AG to be VIP Porsche Supercup Driver at F1 GP of Spain.
• First woman to drive the fastest car in Europe's World Series by Nissan.
• First woman to score points in Europe's World Series Light by Nissan.
• First woman to win a Ferrari Challenge race in the USA.
Milka’s passion and determination to succeed on the track is equaled by her
passion and desire to “give back” off the track. It is Milka’s way. It is who
she is. “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. I feel an
obligation and a 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
In 2004, Milka created the “Milka Way” Program - whose mission it is to inspire
children and students to “Aim for the Stars” and achieve academic excellence.
Milka Way visits inspire and motivate students to focus on their education by
helping them understand that a strong academic background will benefit them for
their entire life – in all aspects of their life – and in any career they
Milka Duno is highly accomplished and talented race car driver. She is winner of
Rolex Series Miami Grand Prix, historic 2nd place finish and highest finish ever
by a female driver in the 24 Hours of Daytona in 52-year history. She is in
conversation with Namita Nayyar President Women Fitness
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Your love with racing cars began later in life than
other drivers, which looks a like late start in professional car racing but your
career has propelled you to the height where you have been at the top of the
world of professional car racing by being the woman holding the record of
highest finish for a female driver in the 24 Hours of Daytona and with a total
of 8 major race wins so far. Tell us something about this journey of success?
Ms. Milka Duno: I did not start my life thinking that I wanted to become
a race car driver – but it became my destiny. After simultaneously obtaining my
last three (of four) master’s degrees a friend invited me to a Porsche Driving
Clinic in Venezuela. I very much enjoyed all the aspects involved in driving a
high performance car on a professional racing circuit and it was then that I
knew deep inside that this is what I wanted to do – it was my destiny.
I started competing in races in Venezuela and winning and then went to the USA
to take professional lessons. The instructors involved said that I had “what it
takes” to have a successful professional racing career and so that is when my
professional racing career began. Always I was trying to be the best and while,
as a woman driver, I realize that I have made a lot of history so far in my
career – that wasn't the primary motivation. My primary motivation is simply –
as a driver – to compete to the best of my ability and to win races.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You hold master's degrees in Organizational
Development, Naval Architecture, Maritime Business, and Marine Biology and you
have prior experience working as a naval engineer. How has this helped you in
your approach and understanding of making a career in professional car racing?
Ms. Milka Duno: Earning all the degrees required a lot of focus,
determination and commitment. These are also very important in racing – so I
take these skills and use them every day in my racing career. In addition, so
much of racing has to do with engineering and technology – so my experience in
those areas help me understand the race car that much better, and how it is
performing in race conditions and this helps me to give great feedback to the
team’s engineers so that we can always be working toward being better and
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have selected a sport which requires a lot of
cohesiveness and absolute understanding between your team of technicians, your
machine and you to finally succeed, how do you achieve that?
Ms. Milka Duno: Racing is most definitely a team sport and for success
everyone on the team – from driver, to pit crew, to engineers, etc. have to all
work in harmony toward the shared goal of winning. You become like a family with
everyone doing their best to achieve a great result. We work hard – all of us
together – to generate a good result in each and every race.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout
routine you may wish to share?
Ms. Milka Duno: To keep in the best shape and to keep up on the physical
demands of racing cardio work is extremely important – do I do a lot of it. I
run, kayak, and bicycle and do boxing and martial arts training as well.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Do you take some special diet or have a strict menu
that you follow to remain healthy and physically fit?
Milka Duno on Women Fitness:
I’m honored to be selected for an interview with Womenfitness.net and I believe that you help to educate and motivate women and girls of all ages to develop positive attitudes and insights about health and wellness and help them to lead a positive and wonderful life.
Ms. Milka Duno: I make sure to eat a very balanced and healthy diet with
just the right amounts of protein and carbohydrates. Leading up to a race and at
the race itself I do modify my regular diet a little and lighten it up a bit.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have glowing skin and gorgeous hairs. Do you take
some kind of skin treatment to keep it young and glowing and secondly what you
do to your hairs to make them look so stunning?
Ms. Milka Duno: Hydration is a big key here so I make sure to drink a lot
of water every day and of course maintaining a healthy and balanced diet
contributes enormously to healthy hair and skin. I do use an olive oil cream
treatment on my hair once a week.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Advice and motivational words to the inspiring and
budding professional car racing girls who all are your fans and shall like to
know from you for their climb to ladder of success in field of car racing?
Ms. Milka Duno: The secret to being successful is being prepared – so my
advice to them would be to study very hard and to prepare very hard. Also –
don’t let anyone intimidate you. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do
something. Don’t let anything stop you from achieving your dreams. Set your
goals and make a determined commitment to achieving them.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: How did you feel before and after in 2013 when you
became the second highest finishing female driver in ARCA's Racing Series
Ms. Milka Duno: It felt great actually and I’m very honored and proud of
the achievement. The ARCA Series is now in its 62nd year so there have been
many, many drivers that have competed in this series. But I didn't enter the
2013 season with the goal of earning that achievement – I started the season, as
I always do, with the goal doing my absolute best – not as a female driver – but
as a driver. The point is to always try and do the best that you can do – at
what you do. By doing that – many other things happen along the way that are
very special and rewarding.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You are a professional race car driver, movie actress,
published author and a model. How you manage such a remarkable multi-dimensional
Ms. Milka Duno: It takes a lot of work – but again it all comes down to
being determined, working hard and making the most of every opportunity.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What you wish to say about the website
Womenfitness.net and message for its visitors?
Ms. Milka Duno: I’m honored to be selected for an interview with
Womenfitness.net and I believe that you help to educate and motivate women and
girls of all ages to develop positive attitudes and insights about health and
wellness and help them to lead a positive and wonderful life.
To know more about Milka Duno: Check out at:
"Milka Way" is Milka Duno educational initiative. To learn more about it please
see the Milka Way website at http://www.milkaway.com/milkaway
Women Fitness Team thanks Milka Duno for giving her valuable time for this
interview and quenching the thirst of her fans to know more about her and shall
also like to thank Harry Capehart from RacePR/CapehartPR who made this interview
Dated 05 May 2014
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