Venezuelan driver gets full-time IndyCar gig

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Milka Duno has been hired by Dale Coyne Racing to drive a full IndyCar schedule in 2010.

The Venezuelan driver has competed in the series the last four years, but this is the first time she will run full time. The season opener is March 14 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Duno's hiring is the latest in a series of IndyCar moves.

Conquest Racing recently hired Brazil's Mario Romancini as a full-time driver, Brazil's Ana Beatriz will drive for Dreyer and Reinbold Racing in the season opener and KV Racing hired Japan's Takuma Sato.

Townsend Bell also picked up a sponsorship deal from Herbalife for May's Indianapolis 500. Bell will drive the No. 99 for Sam Schmidt Motorsports/Chip Ganassi Racing.