Team Stargate Worlds Completes Strong Series Test For Team Stargate Worlds the last three weeks have been hectic. With the team announcement and unveiling a couple of weeks ago, a newly redesigned website, the addition of new crew members and...
Team Stargate Worlds Completes Strong Series Test
For Team Stargate Worlds the last three weeks have been hectic. With the team announcement and unveiling a couple of weeks ago, a newly redesigned website, the addition of new crew members and a recent test session at Buttonwillow Raceway, the team showed no signs of fatigue as they arrived for the first Atlantic Championship series test at the 2.034 mile Palm Beach International Raceway road course. By the end of the two days Team Stargate Worlds drivers Simona De Silvestro and Frankie Muniz had turned heads and gave notice that Team Stargate Worlds would be a formidable team for the 2009 Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda season.
The two days for Simona De Silvestro were very productive. Day one saw her put up strong lap times. Working closely with her engineer Burke Harrison, De Silvestro quickly put up very strong times and made great progress learning the track and experimenting with various adjustments. The result was a day best lap of 1:08.823 which put her third quickest of the day. Day two saw Simona continuing to explore new ideas and adjustments, and even though the times were not as quick as other drivers, valuable information was gained and progress was achieved. At the conclusion of the two days the No. 78 Stargate Worlds/Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment/FireSky/Cardinal Technologies machine would end up a strong ninth on the timesheets.
Frankie Muniz's development continued to shine as the series sophomore left an indelible exclamation mark after his two-day testing performance. Coming off a very long off-season and with only one test session before this, Muniz climbed into the No. 77 Stargate Worlds/Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment/FireSky/Cardinal Technologies car and stormed onto the track and posted the sixth best time of day. Feeling very relaxed and having "the greatest time", Muniz arrived on day 2 and improved his times with an overall best lap time of 1:07.919, which was enough to catapult him to fourth quickest. This represents Frankie's career best testing session.
The March 20th Sebring race season-opener is next up for Team Stargate Worlds.
Frankie Muniz - "I am extremely happy with the outcome of these two test days. Being fourth quickest overall was a real accomplishment for me and the team and it just shows how we're all clicking. This is the first time that I've had so much fun during a test. I was very relaxed and had a smile the whole time. My engineer Gerald Tyler has done a great job as has the rest of Team Stargate Worlds. I am looking forward to next week's race"
Simona De Silvestro - "The first day went very well. We were third fastest and everything came together fairly quickly and on the second day we struggled a bit. My engineer Burke Harrison and I are communicating and working very well. Team Stargate Worlds has been great and I'm very confident going into the first race of the 2009 season."
Imran Safiulla and Shane Seneviratne, Principals of Team Stargate Worlds - "It was a good test for us. The team did a great job and we are pleased with our preparations leading up to the season-opener. Both drivers have done a phenomenal job in the off-season and we were very excited to see Frankie move up on the grid. Simona had a tough second day but she's going to be just fine."