Mooresville, N.C. (WTAJ) — Actor Frankie Muniz is making his dream a reality by announcing he will become a full-time professional race car driver in 2023.
The 37-year-old “Malcolm in the Middle” star announced on Twitter Wednesday that he will drive Rette Jones Racing in the ARCA National Series Championship, a feeder series for NASCAR’s three national racing divisions.
“Finally made my dream a reality. This is for my son and showing him that he can always follow his dreams.” I have written“I am thrilled with the opportunity to join Lette Jones Racing, Ford and our partners in the 2023 ARCA National Series Championship full-time.”
Muniz’s first race will take place at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, according to a Lette Jones Racing press release. He pilots his No. 30 Ford and his Mustang with the team.
Muniz was already selling merchandise on the Muniz Racing website, detailing the beginning of his career as a professional driver. He gained racing experience in his 2006 Formula BMW USA Championship, then from 2007 he joined Champ Car his Atlantic his championship in 2009.
He then set his sights on a racing career in NASCAR. Muniz had expressed interest in his National Stock car series when he entered his Daytona 500 in 2001. At the event, the then-child actor had the chance to meet his Dale Earnhardt, who later died in a crash on the final lap of the 500. mile race.
6 months later Muniz spoke with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio So he said he’s been talking to “a lot of teams” in ARCA, along with NASCAR trucks and the Xfinity series. In an article published by NASCAR, Munis said he hopes to obtain a license to race in the ARCA series and announce his race plans for 2023.
Muniz will be in a race car for the first time as a full-time driver this Friday for pre-race practice at Daytona.
Prior to this career pivot, Muniz earned dozens of acting credits. He has voiced Malcolm in his early 2000s Family sitcom ‘Malcolm in the Middle’, the cartoon ‘The Fairly OddParents’, and starred in ‘Big Fat Liar’ and ‘Agent His Cody Banks’.
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