Frankie Muniz is going to be a NASCAR driver, yes, really

Frankie Muniz is an actor best known for some of the biggest roles of his childhood, including the beloved sitcom Malcolm in the middlewhich ran from 2000 to 2006. Muniz still works in Hollywood and played himself in an episode of Preacher in 2017 and voiced herself in an episode of Harley Quinn in 2019. Most recently he appeared in episodes of The rookie and New Amsterdam and is expected to appear in the coming Half baked 2. However, the now 37-year-old actor has a different career path in mind: NASCAR racing.

“It is with the utmost excitement, optimism and gratitude that I join Rette Jones Racing for the full ARCA Menards Series schedule this year,” Muniz said in a statement (via Weekly entertainment). “Since childhood it has been my dream to race in NASCAR, and it was important to me to work with a team that aligns with my long term goals and vision, while providing every imaginable opportunity to grow mentally and physically as a full-fledged team-time driver.” The actor turned racer added: “I am looking forward to not only demonstrating my prowess on the track and how serious I am about advancing my racing career, but also showing my son and family what it is to chase your dreams and reinvent Yourself.”

“Finally living my dream, this one is for my son and show him you can always chase your dreams,” he also wrote on Twitter. “Excited for this opportunity with Rette Jones Racing, Ford and our partners to race full-time for an ARCA National Series Championship in 2023.” You can view his message below:

How did Frankie Muniz get into racing?

Muniz has been a long time fan of NASCAR, and recently revealed so PEOPLE that in 2004 he “got the bug to want to be a driver” after winning a tournament in Long Beach, California. Muniz also competed in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race twice, finishing third in 2005 and second in 2011. I tried harder.”

Will you follow Frankie Muniz’s new career path? What do you think of his announcement? Tell us in the comments!

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