Archive > February 2007
3 Australia Statement Regarding Frankie Muniz
February 16, 2007 - Formula 3 Australia, on
behalf of Team BRM, has today confirmed that
Hollywood actor Frankie Muniz will not compete in
the Australian Formula 3 races at the 2007
Formula 1 ING Australian Grand Prix, following
speculation in the media recently discussing his
potential entry into the event.
Muniz, star of the hit TV Show Malcolm
in the Middle and a number of popular
Films, is this year competing with Jensen
Motorsport in the Champ Car Atlantic Championship
and had made enquires to Australian Formula 3
outfit Team BRM and owner Bronte Rundle to
explore the possibility of competing in the
Non-championship Formula 3 races at Albert Park.
Unfortunately, the close proximity of the
Australian Grand Prix to the final official Champ
Car Atlantic Test at Laguna Seca, when coupled
with traveling time from his United States base,
made crucial pre-event testing impossible to
organize prior to the Grand Prix.
As such Muniz and Eric Jensen recently
confirmed to Team BRM and Formula 3 Australia
that they have decided to no longer pursue the
Australian option at this time.
Eric Jensen from Jensen Motorsport
contacted us on behalf of Frankie with a view to
having him contest the Australian Formula 3
Support races at Albert Park, to help him gain
experience in different cars and at different
tracks as he works towards a professional racing
career, Team BRM owner Bronte Rundle said.
Team BRM and Formula 3 Australia were
very keen to have him compete at the Australian
Grand Prix and we worked hard to make it happen.
Unfortunately the limited time between
him arriving in Australia and the Grand Prix
event itself (which starts on Thursday, March
15th) meant that it was impossible to get Frankie
in a car to test before the meeting, which would
have limited his time to adapt to driving the
different car and working with a different team.
Were disappointed that he
isnt coming, but at the same time it is a
great sign that the Kumho Tyres Australian
Formula 3 Championship continues to be
internationally recognized as a key place to
learn the craft of Open Wheel racing. The
additional international interest in the category
this year confirms that.
We wish Frankie and Jensen Motorsport
all the best for the year ahead in the Champ Car
Atlantic Championship and hope that the schedule
works out for them to race here in Australia next
year. Rundle said.
Houston Pre-Season Test
February 10, 2007 - The second testing session
before this years Champ Car Atlantic season was
held at the MSR Houston Road Course in Texas.