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The Girl Power theme could continue at the Gatornationals next weekend, where Leah Pruett, Alexis DeJoria, Brittany Force and Katie Sullivan will all be looking for their first win of the season.


CHAVEZ’ SUPPORT: Hugo Chavez was a longtime supporter of motorsports, and his Tuesday passing could affect the careers of several drivers currently competing in series around the world.

Formula One driver Pastor Maldonado races with sponsorship support from the Venezuelan government and the PDVSA logo has been on his Williams F1 livery since his 2011 debut.

IndyCar driver E.J. Viso has long had Venezuelan backing, but his PDVSA signage switched to CITGO last season. He moved his sponsorship money to Andretti Autosport during the offseason. Viso also launched the “Team Viso Venezuela” initiative to support young drivers in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder.

Milka Duno, who currently races in the ARCA Series, also had high-profile sponsorship from CITGO when she raced in IndyCar. Her 2013 sponsor in ARCA is CANTV, the leading integrated telecommunications provider in Venezuela.