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Champ Car Atlantic Driver Frankie Muniz to Guest Star on CBS Television's Highly-Rated "CRIMINAL MINDS" on Wednesday, November 28
November 27, 2007 - INDIANAPOLIS - Long before he first sat in the cockpit of a Mazda-powered Swift 016.a in the Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, full-time racer Frankie Muniz drew rave reviews for his work on the "Malcolm in the Middle" television series.

This week--as the critical November "sweeps" period for television networks draws to a close--Muniz returns to his roots and will guest star on the highly-rated CBS series CRIMINAL MINDS on Wednesday, November 28, airing at 9:00 p.m. ET. The episode--titled "True Night"--features the 21-year-old Muniz portraying a famous comic book actor that becomes involved in the search for a serial killer in Los Angeles. The CBS crime drama has been rated in or near the top 10 throughout the 2007 fall season and recently scored its highest rating of the season.

Muniz earned Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations for his work on "Malcolm in the Middle." His film credits include starring roles in Agent Cody Banks, Big Fat Liar and My Dog Skip.

In 2007, Muniz competed full-time in the hotly-contested Champ Car Atlantic Championship with Jensen MotorSport. He earned a best result of ninth at Toronto and twice earned bonus points for most positions gained from start to finish on his way to 22nd in the final point standings.

Muniz recently tested an Atlantic machine alongside driver Carl Skerlong with US RaceTronics in Buttonwillow, Calif. and is still evaluating his options for the 2008 season. He has stated that he plans to return to Champ Car Atlantic next season with the ultimate goal of competing in the Champ Car World Series at some point in the future.


US RaceTronics conducts its first session with Team Driver Carl Skerlong and Frankie Muniz
Buttonwillow, CA (November 15 2007)
November 20, 2007 - US RaceTronics kicked off the 2008 Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda season with its first pre-season test last week at the team's home track Buttonwillow Raceway.   While it has been over two months since the team had been on track it didn't take much time for them and driver Carl Skerlong to pick up where they last left off.  While the test served to prep Skerlong for the 2008 season, it also provided fellow Champ Car Atlantic competitor Frankie Muniz with an opportunity to test with the team as well. 

Los Angeles native and fellow competitor Frankie Muniz also ran a full day with the US RaceTronics team.  Muniz, who is still evaluating all of his options for the 2008 season, was also very happy with the way the test went.  With each stint the former actor continued to improve his times and clearly became increasingly comfortable with his new surroundings.  "The test went very well.  I got to run quite a lot of laps and felt very good about the car and where we were heading throughout the day.  I to have been out of the car for a while now so it's good to be back," comments Muniz.

For his part US RaceTronics Team Owner Shane Seneviratne also agreed that the test went well and was pleased. "I'm happy with the way the day went and think it was very productive.  Having Carl and Frankie in the cars was great.  We didn't encounter any problems throughout the day and the feedback both drivers provided was very helpful," comments Seneviratne. "This series is so competitive that every test is invaluable and so when we have a test that is a success on so many levels it's a huge positive," adds Seneviratne.


Frankie on Criminal Minds
November 18, 2007 - You will be able to catch Frankie on Criminal Minds in an upcoming episode in which he makes a guest appearance as a famous comic book artist who becomes involved in the search for a serial killer in Los Angeles.

The episode will be shown on November 28 on CBS. Check your local listings for exact time.

More information will be available at a later date.

> View picture from the episode
> Official Criminal Minds Website

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