Duno on probation

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:25 AM ET

It’ll be one sour Milka Saturday.

Venezuelan back marker Milka Duno suffered the double-indignity Saturday of being locked out of qualifying and put on probation by the Indy Racing League, for being too slow.

Ouch.

Pass the Milka-magnesia.

Duno, who was pulled out of the Toronto Indy last week for clogging up the works, has been told that she requires “immediate and substantial improvement to her driving during the remaining events on the 2010 schedule.”

This means she can’t be more than 7% slower than the lead car’s time on a street course or 10 miles per hour slower than the leader on an oval. As well, they will be watching her “car control/placement and interaction with other cars on the track.”

If she runs afoul of the criteria she runs the risk of being yanked from Sunday’s Honda Indy Edmonton.

Duno’s lack of pace has been an issue for the fast drivers. Ryan Hunter-Reay said Friday she should be parked permanently.

“She hasn’t accomplished enough to be racing in this series and I think her speed shows that.”

Duno was unavailable for comment.

robert.tychkowski@sunmedia.ca


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