Archive > July 2007
Weekend in San Jose California
July 31, 2007 - Jensen MotorSport had a busy
weekend at the San Jose Grand Prix. The team ran
three cars in the Champ Car Atlantic series for
drivers Frankie Muniz (#13 Chandler
Developments), Tom Sutherland (#2 ClickAway
Computers), and Steve Ott (#22 Intervision /
Juniper Networks / NetApp).
Muniz achieved the best result of the trio,
scoring an 11th place finish in the Sunday final.
Muniz made several passes during the race,
earning enough championship points to pass team
mate Sutherland, plus Mike Forest and Brian
Thienes in the season point standings.
The team has a one week break before hitting
the track again at Road America in Wisconsin the
weekend of August 10-12.
San Jose Race
July 30, 2007 - Another good weekend - Frankie
finished in 11th place earning himself a further
10 points. For the second time this season he
also managed to get the bonus point for moving up
the most positions, having started the race in
24th place. His season points now stand at 38.
He will be heading to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
in just under 2 weeks time for the final race in
this years Champ Car Atlantic season.
Edmonton Grand Prix Race Review
July 23, 2007 - Frankie Muniz and Tom Sutherland
travelled west to compete in the 3rd annual
Edmonton Grand Prix this past weekend. The event
was doubly important to the season championship,
with two races held over the weekend.
Muniz, driving the #13 Chandler Developments
car, continued his streak of scoring points with
a 17th place finish in Race #1. Muniz then had a
strong race #2 of the weekend, placing in 15th
position following the post race disqualification
of the car of Adrian Carrio. Muniz made one of
the best passes of the weekend late in Race #2,
as he chased down the car driven by veteran
driver Mike Forest and completed a daring pass
under the brakes in Turn 1. Muniz is now 24th in
the season point standings, but with another
strong finish at San Jose next weekend he will
pass two more drivers as he continues to develop
his competitiveness during his rookie Atlantic
Race 2 at Edmonton
July 23, 2007 - Frankie had another good result
in yesterdays second race at the City Centre
Airport temporary street circuit in Edmonton. He
started in 23rd place, but managed to improve on
Saturday's race and finish in 16th place. His
season points now stand at 27.
> Full results
Race 1 at Edmonton
July 22, 2007 - Yesterday saw the first race at
City Centre Airport temporary street circuit in
Edmonton, Canada. Frankie started the race in
23rd place, but managed to finish in 17th earning
himself a further 4 points and putting him just 1
point behind fellow team mate Tom Sutherland.
> Full results
Malcolm in the fast lane
July 20, 2007 - Former sitcom star here to
compete in Atlantic series race - EDMONTON - He
was never the one scaling the neighbourhood
fence, looking for the next boyhood adventure. He
was a tap and jazz dance student, a child actor.
He was Malcolm in the Middle.
But 16 months ago, Frankie Muniz walked away
from Hollywood and stepped into a race car.
He traded in money and fame for octane and
"There's probably less of a guarantee for
me as an actor just because it's all about being
wanted. Not about performance. Not anymore,"
said Muniz, who is in Edmonton to drive in the
Champ Car Atlantic Championship.
"There are people I can name right now
who are getting paid $10 million for a movie, and
they're horrific but they're big celebrities.
"And I didn't really like being in a
world like that.
"I like this, because if I put my mind to
it and work hard enough and if I do well on the
track, that's it. You can't tell me I'm not good.
I like that aspect a lot more.
"And I do think I have a future in racing
-- if not as a driver then as an owner,"
says Muniz, 21.
"I want to be involved in the
Sitting in his team's steamy paddock at the
City Centre Airport, the site of this weekend's
races, Muniz spoke about the shift from TV star
to speed demon.
No longer is he playing a role, he's now
playing catch-up, given that most of the racers
he competes against grew up driving go-karts.
"I had no idea I was going to be a race
car driver. I had no idea I wanted to be a race
car driver, but I'm not bad," he said.
"And I'm very competitive, so it's very
satisfying to have a good result or to beat guys
on the track.
"Even if I qualify in the back, I'm
always running with people. I'm right there. That
really pushes me too, knowing I'm as good as I am
after 16 months."
Then again, he never took acting lessons
either, but at the age of 13 was cast as Malcolm,
the boy-genius who ended up anchoring an
award-winning sitcom that aired for seven
He's done voice-over work on The Simpsons, had
major roles in the films My Dog Skip, Big Fat
Liar and Agent Cody Banks, and there are three
more movies still set for release.
There are no other projects in the works --
except the one that revolves around his No. 13
Chandler Team Jensen Mazda-Cosworth. That is
where his focus lies. It is why he has a personal
trainer, why he has put 23 pounds on his small
frame. Why he will be on the track today for the
first qualifying run.
By 2010, Muniz is certain he'll have graduated
from the Atlantic series to the Champ Car
"I played all kinds of sports, but I was
afraid to go up the stairs at waterparks. I mean,
I'm not afraid to drive fast but I was afraid of
heights, of roller-coasters. I wasn't a crazy
"I was the one who was afraid to climb
the fence and break into the school to go play
basketball. But I've always loved cars, I've
loved watching racing, and now I'm doing it at a
very high level, and it's amazing. I'm really
The bug first bit in 2005 when Muniz won a
celebrity race at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.
He was looking to buy a NASCAR team and tossed
out the idea that he should go for a test ride
for owner Eric Jensen. "I think he
reluctantly said yes, just because he was testing
real drivers, but after the second day he signed
me for two years."
Last season, Muniz made his professional debut
in the Formula BMW circuit. What followed were
seven Atlantic starts that saw him finish no
better than 19th, but lately Malcolm has moved
into the middle of the pack.
He roared into ninth place in the July 8 race
in Toronto, and now he's here in Edmonton, where
there will be races on Saturday and again on
"It's all about building
confidence," he said. "You have to be
confident that the car is going to stick and I
had to be confident in myself.
"I know when I first looked at the
Atlantic car it scared me. The thought of driving
it a year ago was crazy, but now I am and I'm
doing pretty well.
"I do hope to be doing this for a really
Joanne Ireland, The Edmonton Journal
Published: Friday, July 20
Best Career Result for Muniz in
July 9, 2007 - The skies opened with a torrential
downpour about a minute after the green flag
start of the Toronto Grand Prix this weekend.
What an incredible mix of fortunes the weather
was for the Jensen MotorSport team-mates Frankie
Muniz and Tom Sutherland.
Frankie Muniz, driving the #13 Chandler
Development sponsored car, navigated the multiple
wrecks all race long to finish a career best 9th
place. Muniz stated, It was treacherous out
there today, but once I saw that so many cars
werent going to finish, I took extra
caution just to finish since I knew that if I
finished, I would score a lot of championship
Team owner Eric Jensen states, It was a
terrific result for Frankie Muniz. At the end of
the year, people look mostly at your finishing
results in the point standings, and the 14 points
collected by Frankie today substantially elevate
his ranking. It is just such a shame that Tom
Sutherland seemingly is without luck this season.
Tom has been consistently quick, but so often
circumstance beyond his control seems to deny him
the results we all know are within his
Next up for the team is the Edmonton Grand
Prix in Alberta Canada on July 20-22.
Top 10 finish for Frankie
July 8, 2007 - An exciting race weekend in
Toronto, with todays main race seeing lots of
action due to heavy rain. Frankie started todays
race at the back of the grid, but managed to stay
focused despite the weather conditions, and
finish in 9th place. This is Frankie's best
finish yet, and a great result for both him and
the Toronto based racing team Jensen Motorsport.
Frankie earns a further 14 points following
todays race, which includes the bonus point he
claimed for improving the most starting positions
after starting 23rd. His season points now stand
Not in the middle any more
July 7, 2007 - Frankie Muniz, the actor
famous for his turn as the title character in
TV's Malcolm in the Middle, had his left
wrist tattooed not long after he began his career
as a professional race-car driver last year.
The ink is an image of twin checkered flags
surrounded by ornate script that reads,
"Please Keep Me Very Safe." As
life-defining scribblings of would-be champions
go, it's not exactly "Live Fast or
Die." But then, Muniz, 21, isn't your
average speed freak. He's the rare former child
actor who's never checked into rehab, let alone
ingested a drop of alcohol. (And he's got another
tattoo, of the word "ZERO," that
signifies what he calls his "zero tolerance
for drugs and alcohol.")
He's also the rare aspiring racer who is
attempting to overcome a seemingly insurmountable
disadvantage in experience. While most of his
rivals in the Champ Car Atlantic Series a
minor-league loop that will take the track in the
lead-up to tomorrow's Toronto Grand Prix
spent their childhoods zooming around in various
motorized racing machines, Muniz charted a less
"I took tap and jazz class," he
He only stepped into a competitive driver's
seat in 2005, when he won a celebrity race in
Long Beach, Calif. He's been racing full-time for
all of 16 months. So perhaps it was no surprise
that yesterday's Atlantic-series provisional
qualifying session turned into yet another
episode of Malcolm in the Back. Muniz, who
has placed no better than 19th in seven races,
qualified 22nd out of 22 drivers. He was more
than a half-second behind the next-slowest
driver, more than two seconds slower than the
quickest. In other words, race organizers weren't
rushing to purchase a magnum of non-alcoholic
champagne for tomorrow's post-race podium.
"A lot of times, I'm a little
timid," Muniz said. " I could pass
somebody, but I kinda hang back because you risk
crashing. And I'd rather finish the race than
crash. My driver coach says, `No, no, no. You
need to be aggressive and you need to learn to
"And it's not that I think, `Oh, God. I
could get hurt.' I just don't want to crash
because a) I don't want to pay for the crash
damage, and b) then you're just stuck watching on
Muniz, the New Jersey-born kid who wrapped up
a six-year run as boy-genius Malcolm Wilkerson
with the show's 2006 finale, watched Hollywood's
recreational fast lane from a safe distance. Of
the show-business peers who've become gossip-mag
fodder, Muniz shrugged: "I never really got
into hanging out with those people. I did the
work and I left, and I went home and I went to
This is not to suggest that Muniz is a total
killjoy. He was one of the lucky few zipping down
Lake Shore Boulevard doing a perfectly legal
250-some km/h yesterday afternoon. And he did
have the good fortune of stepping out of his
team's trailer to see a lithe young blonde woman
offer him a warm smile. His girlfriend?
Muniz rolled his eyes and smiled:
Indeed, the young man has options. He's in a
couple of movies set for release. He buys and
sells luxury cars often enough that he says he
has never owned a car long enough to have its oil
changed. (His drive du jour, this after unloading
a Maserati that didn't turn his crank, is a
But racing, he said, is his life. So how,
exactly, will a straight-edged tap dancer find a
way to thrust a lead foot to the ragged edge?
"You've got to be crazy, which I'm
building I'm building the craziness factor
into my life," he said. "But it's tough
mentally to tell yourself, `Go faster,' even
though you already feel like you're about to
BMO Financial Group with Montreal
based Jensen MotorSport Racing Team
July 2 , 2007 - Mont Tremblant, Quebec: July 2,
2007 BMO Financial Group is pleased to
announce a partnership with Montreal based Champ
Car Atlantic team, Jensen MotorSport.
Beginning at the Mont Tremblant Champ Car
Grand Prix, June 29th July 1st, BMO
Financial Group will be featured on both Jensen
MotorSport race cars of Tom Sutherland and
This is an exciting new partnership for
our bank, says Jacques Menard, President,
BMO Financial Group, Quebec. There is a
large community of businesses active in the
global racing industry, and partnering with
Jensen MotorSport will provide us with effective
exposure to that community and racing fans.
It is with great pride that we announce
a partnership with BMO Financial Group,
says Eric Jensen, President of Jensen MotorSport.
Our team is committed to a long-term future
in Quebec with team operations in a race shop
located in downtown Montreal. We are well
established as a home team for Quebec racing
fans, and we plan to grow that identity. BMO can
leverage that team identity both at home and in
the international racing community, and together
we hope to win both on the track, and with some
major international banking deals.
Media who wish to have photos with the new
look BMO Financial Group / Jensen MotorSport race
cars are welcome to visit the team Saturday
afternoon at the Mont Tremblant race at 3:30 pm
(June 30th). To schedule interviews with Jensen
MotorSport team members, contact the team via
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit the team in the Champ Car Atlantic
paddock at the circuit.
About BMO Financial Group:
Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO
Financial Group is a highly diversified North
American financial services organization. With
total assets of $357 billion as at April 30,
2007, and more than 35,000 employees, BMO
provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth
management and investment banking products and
solutions. BMO Financial Group serves clients
across Canada through its Canadian retail arm,
BMO Bank of Montreal, and through its wealth
management firms BMO Nesbitt Burns, BMO
InvestorLine and BMO Harris Private Banking. BMO
Capital Markets, our North American investment
and corporate banking division, provides a full
suite of financial products and services to our
North American and international clients. In the
United States, BMO serves clients through
Chicago-based Harris, an integrated financial
services organization that provides more than one
million personal and business clients with
banking, lending, investing, financial planning,
trust administration, portfolio management,
family office and wealth transfer services.
For more information, visit www.bmo.com.
About Jensen MotorSport:
Jensen MotorSport is a professional car racing
team competing in the Champ Car Atlantic
championship. The team is fielding two cars in
the 2007 championship for drivers Frankie Muniz
and Tom Sutherland. Frankie Muniz is already well
known for his Hollywood acting career starring in
the hit television show Malcolm in the
For more information visit www.jensenmotorsport.com or
via e-mail at email@example.com