Milka Duno to drive for RAB Racing

Venezuelan driver Milka Duno will become the first female Hispanic driver to compete in one of NASCAR's national series as she signed a limited Nationwide Series deal with RAB Racing on Monday.

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Milka Duno has competed in both open-wheel racing and stock cars during her career, including 43 starts on the IndyCar Series.

Duno, who is seventh in the ARCA standings, will join teammate James Buescher, who has a full-time ride with RAB.

"I'm really very excited and honored to enter into NASCAR and the Nationwide Series," Duno said in a statement. "It has always been a goal and dream of mine to compete in NASCAR and I worked very hard in ARCA to turn this goal into a reality.

"I always strive to challenge myself as a driver and I've been fortunate to compete in many types of racing -- and while the competition is always my No. 1 focus -- I am very proud of the history that I have made as a female driver, and the Hispanic sports history as well, that has been made along the way."

The 42-year-old Duno has also made 43 starts in the IndyCar Series. In addition, she has competed in the American Le Mans Series, the Grand Am series, the 24 Hours of LeMans, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.

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