Former Child Star Frankie Muniz Set To Race Cars Professionally

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“Malcolm in the Middle” star Frankie Muniz announced Wednesday that he is competing in the ARCA Menard Series championship, where he’ll be racing in a No. 30 Ford Mustang.

Muniz, 37, shared a moving video on his Instagram page, showing his evolution from being a well-known child actor to following his dream of becoming a racecar driver.

“I’m excited to learn, but I’m also excited to maybe show that I can do this,” Muniz told fans.

Muniz cut the video with interview clips and photos from 2001 and 2005 with “Late Night” with Conan O’Brien and “Jackass” star Steve-O, as well as other archive footage of a young Muniz around racecars.

“Finally making my dream a reality, this one is for my son and showing him that you can always chase your dreams,” he captioned the video.

He’ll be racing at the Daytona International Speedway in the No. 30 Ford Mustang for Rette Jones Racing, according to a release from the company.

“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 wrote in the release.

Despite noting the learning curve required for this type of race, co-founder Mark Rette said that Muniz’s “passion, focus, and commitment along with the capabilities of our team” is going to make him a serious contender for multiple wins in 2023. (RELATED: ‘Breaking Bad’ Actor Aaron Paul Announces Birth Of Son)

Muniz dabbled in car racing before, having competed in several competitions, including celebrity events dating back to 2004 and more serious ones in 2008 and on.

Muniz is best known as the title lead in “Malcolm in the Middle,” a show that launched his acting career and introduced many of us to Bryan Cranston, who played his father in the show before going on to superstardom in “Breaking Bad.”