If you’ve ever seen “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Agent Cody Banks” or “Big Fat Liar” you know who Frankie Muniz is. What many don’t know is that he has aspirations beyond the silver screen. A passionate automotive enthusiast and racer, Muniz announced via Twitter that he will be competing full-time in the NASCAR ARCA National Series for the 2023 season. The venture is in partnership with Rette Jones Racing and Ford Performance, both of which have already exhibited their joy of bringing the actor turned racer into the world of Motorsport. His NASCAR ARCA season is set to officially begin at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 18, competing in the No. 30 Ford Mustang from Rette Jones Racing.
The NASCAR ARCA National Series is a support racing series to the NASCAR Cup Series, which starts its season the very next day on Sunday, February 19 with the Daytona 500.
Muniz has been racing since the early 2000’s. According to Motorsport.com was the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race in 2004, he placed seventh. Four years later, Muniz completely left acting to pursue open-wheel racing in the Atlantic Championship. In October of 2021 he made his stock car debut running in the SRL Pro Late Model series at Kern County Raceway in Bakersfield, California. His most recent track action took place in January of 2022 where he helped test ARCA vehicles prior to the launch of the official season.
Muniz’s video announcement tweet included a snippet of himself saying“I’m excited to learn but I’m also excited to maybe show that I can do this.” Muniz’s tweet, which has nearly 400,000 views at the time of this writing, has also garnered responses from some top industry names as well. Ford CEO Jim Farley commented on his announcement tweet with words of encouragement and a best of luck send off into the season. Depending on how well he does in the ARCA series this year, it’s not far-fetched to imagine him running in one of the three premier NASCAR series in the near future.
Finally making my dream a reality, this one is for my son and showing him that you can always chase your dreams.
Excited for this opportunity with Rette Jones Racing, Ford, and our partners to go full time racing for an ARCA National Series Championship in 2023. pic.twitter.com/OhbFnlMNKW
— Frankie Muniz (@frankiemuniz) January 11, 2023