Archive > April 2007
Driver Frankie Muniz Featured in Long Beach Home
Video at People.Com
April 25, 2007 - INDIANAPOLIS - Jensen Motorsport
rookie driver Frankie Muniz (#13 Chandler
Development) found a special way to commemorate
his first time competing as a member of the
Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic
Championship Powered by Mazda in Long Beach
earlier this month.
captured all the action of his first Atlantic
race on the storied streets of Long Beach through
a unique video feature. People Magazine
approached Muniz about filming a special
celebrity video diary around his debut pro race
at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April
13-15, and the 21-year-old Los Angeles resident
was happy to oblige.
Using a camera supplied by People.com, Muniz
and the Jensen MotorSport team shot home video of
the driver in action throughout the weekend as
they competed at Round 2 of the Atlantic
Championship. Highlights of Muniz and his weekend
at Long Beach are currently posted as a
front-page feature on the magazine's official web
site - www.People.com.
After winning the Toyota Pro/Celebrity race at
Long Beach in 2005, Muniz put his acting career
on hold as he joined the Jensen MotorSport team
to pursue his dream of being a race car driver.
The former star of the Malcolm in the Middle
television show and feature films such as Agent
Cody Banks, raced for the Jensen team in the
Formula BMW USA series in 2006 before making his
Atlantic debut this season, He hopes to continue
to refine his skills in North America's top
open-wheel development series and to someday join
the Champ Car World Series.
Mixing in personal appearances, autograph
sessions for fans and team strategy meetings in
with his on-track action, Muniz enjoyed a
successful weekend at Long Beach. He went the
distance for the first time in his Atlantic
career at his home track, securing a 19th-place
finish among the 30 series entries.
To learn more about Muniz and the rest of the
2007 Atlantic competitors, log on to
www.champcaratlantic.com. To see highlights from
Frankie's celebrity video diary from Long Beach,
visit the link http://www.people.com/people/video/diary/0,,20036491_20036490,00.php
Frankie Muniz: Go, Speed Racer, Go!
April 24, 2007 - What happens when
you're going more than 100 mph and you have to,
well, go? Frankie Muniz, racecar driver, reveals
all! Get behind the wheel with the former Malcolm
in the Middle star, now 21, as he competes
in the Long Beach, Calif., Grand Prix and find
out what happens when you drink lots of
water before hitting the track - plus more from
behind the scenes.
Watch the video
So Close at Houston
April 23, 2007 - Frankie Muniz - driving the #13
Chandler Team Jensen car - pushed hard all race
to finish in 21st position. Muniz stated,
The pace of this race was incredible. After
the early full course caution for the Lewis
wreck, the track went green for over 40 minutes.
I pushed as hard as I could all race, and had
some good battles with Herberts and
DAgostino. For me, it was just a big
accomplishment so early in my racing career that
I could drive so hard for so long.
The Jensen MotorSport team will return to the
race shop in Montreal to prepare for some
in-season testing in mid-May. Our next race is at
Portland the weekend of June 10th.
For details, contact us via e-mail at email@example.com
Jensen MotorSport Grand Prix of Long
April 16, 2007 - A short week after the Las Vegas
Grand Prix, the teams and drivers of the Champ
Car Atlantic series were back racing on the
streets of Long Beach California.
Over 90,000 fans attended Sunday's race
through the picturesque streets of Long Beach.
The circuit is just under two miles, on the city
streets of this suburban city within greater Los
One of the biggest stars of the event was
surely Chandler Team Jensen driver Frankie Muniz.
Long Beach is effectively Frankie's home race,
since he lives in nearby Hollywood, California.
Few people remember that Frankie is only in his
14th month driving any type of race car, so that
he set competitive times in Long Beach within 1.8
seconds of the race leader was truly a major
achievement for Muniz. Finishing the race in an
eventual 19th position on the lead lap was a good
result, and Muniz stated "I was very careful
in the race mostly because I just wanted to
finish. It was disappointing to get crashed out
at Las Vegas last weekend, and this weekend I
wanted to prove to myself that I could drive the
full one hour race. I accomplished that
objective, and next week in Houston we will push
quite a lot harder to move up the grid."
For more details, contact Jensen MotorSport at
Muniz learns his lines as race drama
April 14, 2007 - LONG BEACH - Frankie Muniz isn't
satisfied with being Malcolm in the Middle, or
anywhere near the middle anymore.
Sweaty, sporting a mohawk and a bit of a
scruffy look, Muniz stood in a racing jumpsuit
Saturday and talked about improving today on his
25th place finish in the Atlantic Champ Car
Series on Saturday.
"I'm still very new into the racing
world," the 21-year-old former "Malcolm
in the Middle" star said. "I feel I did
well. I'm 1.8 seconds off the fastest guy. If I
was 1/10 of a second faster on my lap time I
would have moved up six positions."
Muniz began his racing career in Long Beach in
2005 when he beat all the other celebrities in
the Toyota Pro/Celebrity race. He returned in
2006 in the pro category.
"This is professional racing," he
said of the Atlantic series. "The celebrity
race was a celebrity race. I had a good time
doing it. I caught the bug doing it. But here I'm
going 170 mph down the straightaway instead of 90
Muniz said he's put his television and film
career on hold to pursue his dream of becoming a
professional race car driver.
Racers spend time in the Atlantic series
before moving up to the Champ Car Series, which
culminates today with the Champ Car World Series.
"My acting career is non-existent right
now. To do this and do it properly, you have to
dedicate your life to it. I've only been home 40
days since last March."
His plans are to stay with Atlantic racing
"Hopefully in 2009 I'll be in Champ
Car," he said.
Muniz's 25th place finish in a field of 30
showed improvement over his practice sessions.
His time was 1:18.192 with an average speed of
Muniz will soon star in the already made
"My Sexiest Year," a coming-of-age
romantic comedy, and in a voice-over-role in the
CGI flick "Legend of the Pass." Both
films are in various stages of production.
Muniz has been largely absent from both the
big and small screens since 2006, when Fox
Network's "Malcolm in the Middle" ended
after six years and 126 episodes.
- Don Jergler, Staff writer
Rock & Roll Vegas Grand Prix
April 10, 2007 - Three drivers took to
the track at the Vegas Grand Prix this weekend to
kick-off the 2007 Champ Car Atlantic season.
Frankie Muniz, driving the #13 Hard Rock Hotel
/ Chandler Team Jensen race car started his
Atlantic career with a 22nd position qualifying
effort. On Sunday, Frankie was running in 17th
position at mid-race when he made hard contact
with the spun car of another rookie driver,
ending his race. Frankie said of his weekend,
This is the most fun that Ive ever
had in my life. To think that in just 1 year I
have progressed enough in my driving to race at
such a professional level is amazing. I am
looking forward to this whole season so
The team moves next to the streets of Long
Beach California, where they will race in round
#2 of the Atlantic championship on Sunday April
Frankie Muniz: 'I'm a Professional
April 7, 2007 - By Mark Gray - Malcolm in the
Middle star Frankie Muniz has traded in acting on
the small screen for speeding around a racetrack.
"I never really wanted to get out of
acting, but now I'm a professional racecar
driver," the 21-year-old tells PEOPLE.
"Seriously, ask any actor if they'd rather
be a professional racecar driver or an
Muniz drives in the Champ Car World Series and
will participate in Sunday's Las Vegas Grand
Prix, a 2.44 mile race around the city's
downtown, which will be televised on NBC.
"I'm truly the happiest I've ever been in
my life," he said at a gala event Thursday
to promote the race.
"I like the fact that I basically control
my destiny with how much effort I put into
working out, testing and training and becoming a
race car drive," he explained.
"As an actor, it's all what people think
of you. You can do your best job possible but if
someone says it sucks, it sucks. Whereas here, if
I'm good, it will show."
Having spent only 40 days at home in the last
year, Muniz admits that his relationship with
fiancée Jamie Gandy, to whom he got engaged in
2005, has taken a hit but he's confident
things will work out.
"We're still together, but we kind of
took a step back for the racing purposes,"
he said. "She's doing her own thing and she
wants to have her own life and not just follow me
around the world. ... I'm so happy when I'm with
her, so we'll see."