Frankie Muniz NASCAR

Frankie Muniz Shifts Gears to Become Full-Time NASCAR Racer

Frankie Muniz is swapping a TV crew for a pit crew – and he’s in for a fast-paced future. On Wednesday, the child star announced that he’s trading in his acting career for a full-time racing gig in NASCAR’s ARCA Menards Series. The actor, 37, who rose to fame playing the title role in the hit family sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, is now strapping up to compete in the championship. Muniz, who has been a racing enthusiast since his teenage years, will drive the No. 30 Ford Mustang for Rette Jones Racing. So for all you office-bound hoons with a passion for racing, remember it’s never too late to switch careers and chase your dreams on the track.

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Frankie Muniz NASCAR

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In a statement announcing his new career, Muniz said, “It’s with the utmost excitement, optimism and gratitude that I’m joining Rette Jones Racing for the full ARCA Menards Series schedule this year. Ever since childhood, it’s been my dream to pursue racing in NASCAR, and it was important for me to partner with a team that aligned with my long-term objectives and vision, while providing every opportunity imaginable to grow mentally and physically as a full-time race car driver.”

Muniz, who won the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race in 2005 and 2011, is ready to put in the hard work necessary to make it in motorsports. “I look forward to not only demonstrating my ability on the track and just how serious how I am in progressing in my racing career, but also showing my son and family what it is to chase your dreams and re-invent yourself,” he said.

The decision to pursue racing is especially meaningful for Muniz, who welcomed his first child, son Mauz, with wife Paige Price in 2021. “Finally making my dream a reality,” he tweeted. “This one is for my son and showing him that you can always chase your dreams.” As Muniz prepares to take the wheel in the ARCA Menards Series, fans of the actor can expect plenty of entertaining anecdotes, hilarious hijinks, and edge-of-your-seat moments.

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