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Stargate completes first test of '09.


Little under a week after announcing its formation, Team Stargate Worlds completed its first test of the Atlantic Championship season with drivers Frankie Muniz and Simona de Silvestro at the wheel at the team's home track, Buttonwillow Raceway.

The 1.374-mile road course afforded a full day's running, as well as an opportunity for both drivers to get acquainted to their new team surroundings, as Muniz and de Silvestro hit the track for the first time since the last race of 2008. Though the threat of rain continually loomed over the track, the conditions remained dry, and the pair completed just over 400 miles between them.

The outing also marked the first time that both drivers could work with their respective race engineers on track, with Gerald Tyler and Burke Harrison taking charge of Muniz and de Silvestro accordingly, and both groups emerged satisfied with what had been accomplished during the day.

"I'm very happy with how the day went," third year driver Muniz commented, "We were very productive and we got to run a lot of miles, which dusted off the cobwebs. I also got to work with my new engineer Gerald Tyler, which was great. I'm confident that we'll have a very good year just based on what we've learned thus far."

While Muniz remains with the team, having raced with US RaceTronics in 2008, de Silvestro moves over from Newman Wachs Racing for her third year in Atlantics, and engineer Harrison was keen to establish a solid working relationship with her before chasing performance.

"What I really wanted to work on was the communication aspect with Simona, and we made good inroads on that," he confirmed, "There were also a few test items we wanted to complete as well, which we managed to do. The track conditions were not that great, but I believe we managed to make great progress."

Both Tyler and Harrison have a long history in Atlantics that stretches back to the 2002 championship where, along with US RaceTronics/Stargate Worlds team principal Shane Seneviratne, Dorricott Racing won the 2002 title in dominating fashion with Jon Fogarty. Tyler and Harrison then followed that success by winning the championship again the following year with RuSPORT and AJ Allmendinger.

"It was the first time working with the team and I have to say it's a great team," Tyler commented, "Shane and Imran [Safiulla] have a great team here and it was great working with them and I'm looking forward to working with them this year."

The team will regroup next week for the series-sanctioned test at Palm Beach International Raceway on over 10-11 March.


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Simona De Silvestro, driver of the #78 Nuclear Entergy Areva KV Racing Technology Chevrolet, celebrates her second place finish Saturday October 5, 2013 during the Grand Prix of Houston IndyCar Race 1 in Houston, Texas. It was De Silvestro’s first-career podium finish, and her IZOD IndyCar Series career-best finish. (Photo Credit: Perry Nelson for Chevy Racing)
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Scott Dixon, Simona de Silvestro and Justin Wilson celebrate after race 1 of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston double-header on Saturday, October 5 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simona de Silvestro celebrates after race 1 of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston double-header on Saturday, October 5 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
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The wrecked #78 KV Racing Technology car of Simona de Silvestro is removed after an early accident in the second race of the Detroit Belle Isle double-header - Sunday June 2 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for indyCar Media.)
Simona de Silvestro on the fourth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Tuesday May 14, 2013. (Picture Credit: Forrest Mellott for IndyCar Media)
Simona de Silvestro on the fourth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Tuesday May 14, 2013. (Picture Credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)

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Johnsy - Unregistered

March 04, 2009 3:52 PM

It's good to see Mssrs Tyler and Harrison back working together on this new program, but you Crash folks should realize that the Atlantic series has drawn no interest or support from the IRL so listing it under the "Indycar" subheading is erroneous.

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