Milka Duno is to return to Dreyer & Reinbold Racing from this weekend's Kansas round of the IndyCar Series.
The Venezuelan replaces Darren Manning, who was signed at short notice for the St Petersburg and Long Beach street races, in the No. 23 car alongside D&R's full-time driver Mike Conway.
Duno contested 11 races for D&R last year but had been expected to join former Champ Car champion Newman/Haas/Lanigan in a third car for 2009. She tested with NHLR at Homestead and Sebring, but the deal fell through before the start of the season.
"We are very excited to have Milka back with our team," said D&R co-owner Dennis Reinbold. "We had significant momentum last year and we want to pick up where we left off and continue to get results."
Duno has only been signed for a partial schedule, but is expected to stay with the team for next month's Indianapolis 500 and to contest other oval races. She took a best finish of 14th at Chicagoland last year, where she also briefly led the race by virtue of her pit strategy.
"I'm really happy to be racing and to be back at Kansas," said Duno. "This track is a very special place for me, because I made my debut in the IndyCar Series here. The fans are very supportive. I'm also very happy to be coming back to Dreyer & Reinbold Racing as they did a great job last year."