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Career progress right on schedule for Frankie Muniz
With two races remaining in the 2006 Formula BMW USA season, Jensen MotorSport rookie driver Frankie Muniz is already making preparations for his 2007 competition in the Champ Car Atlantic Championship.

Jensen MotorSport driver Muniz had a very successful first test in one of the team's 2005 specification Swift Atlantic race cars at a circuit near Toronto, Canada on August 22nd. Muniz drove over 100 miles on non-series specification Hoosier tires per the Atlantic series rules, clocking a best time within two seconds of the times posted by 2006 regular Jensen Atlantic drivers Tim Bridgman and Ricardo Vassmer.

Frankie Muniz stated, "It's amazing to think about how quickly my racing career has progressed. Six months ago I had never driven a racing car, and now I've put in a full-day Atlantic test clocking times that are not too far off veteran competitive drivers. With an extensive schedule of Atlantic tests this off-season, I am very excited to think where I can be on the grid for the first race of the 2007 Champ Car Atlantic championship."

Muniz will travel with the Jensen MotorSport team to the Champ Car Grand Prix de Montreal, where he will compete in the FF1600 support race for some additional race experience.

For more details about Jensen MotorSport and Frankie Muniz racing program, contact Graeme Young via e-mail at


Denver Grand Prix weekend
Frankie Muniz also had a tough weekend. After crashing early in morning practice, Frankie had little time to learn the track and as a result qualified near the back of the pack for Race1. Frankie managed to work his way up to 17th in the short race. In Race 2 Muniz was forced to retire after contact resulted in front end damage and him losing his front wing.

The Atlantic half of Team Jensen is now looking to turn its fortunes around at its hometown race in Montreal on August 27 while the FBMW team will be heading to Mosport near Toronto for Labour Day weekend for the final two races of the FBMW USA season.


Round 11
The 11th round of the Formula BMW USA season took place yesterday (August 12) at the Denver Grand Prix in Colorado. Frankie finished in 17th place with a time of 30:25.271.
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