Frankie Muniz is able to begin his engine and pursue his dream of an expert stock-car racing championship and can get to do this formally beginning in February at Daytona International Speedway.
Muniz, the previous little one actor who starred in “Malcolm within the Middle,” “Big Fat Liar” and “Agent Cody Banks,” introduced in January he could be racing within the ARCA Menards Series full-time beginning this yr, starting with the Daytona race on Feb. 18. He shall be competing within the No. 30 Ford Mustang for Rette Jones Racing.
The 37-year-old Muniz shall be a newcomer within the ARCA Series however isn’t a novice with regards to auto racing. He acquired his begin in open-wheel racing within the mid-2000s earlier than he joined the stock-car scene.
He raced in Formula BMW USA and Champ Car Atlantic Series. He stated his journey was not like most racers.
“To be trustworthy, I don’t have a typical story of people that grow to be race automotive drivers,” Muniz defined to Fox News Digital. “I used to be only a race fan. I feel it’s a type of issues that individuals say, like ‘Oh, I need to be a race automotive driver’ however how do you really grow to be a race automotive driver if your loved ones is rarely concerned in it and all that.
“So, I began once I was 19. I did the professional/superstar race in Long Beach (California) and I received that. And then a professional workforce requested me to come back only for enjoyable to do a take a look at. I used to be scared out of my thoughts displaying up that day, like getting in a correct race automotive. But I instantly had pace, so we knew the pure capability was there. And then as soon as I acquired to the automotive I’m going like, ‘Man, that is what I need to do.’ But it’s a type of issues, even then, you continue to should, you understand, to achieve that subsequent degree. It’s lots more durable than simply stepping into the automotive and going quick. There are so many features that should be put collectively and I simply labored arduous at it.”
Muniz stated he by no means thought he could be racing however believes it is what he was meant to do.
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“It’s not one thing that I believed I might ever do but it surely occurred,” he stated. “And now that I’m doing it, even once I acquired out of the automotive this previous weekend, I referred to as my spouse and I stated, ‘This is strictly what I used to be imagined to do.’ I really feel probably the most comfy within the automotive, regardless that I’ve, on the ovals and stuff, so little expertise. It simply looks like the place I’m imagined to be and that’s a reasonably cool feeling.”
Muniz stated he initially deliberate to hitch the ARCA Menards Series final yr however had bother corralling sponsorships.
“This has been type of a yr and a half within the making. I made a decision I wished to return racing and the plan was really for me to do ARCA final yr,” Muniz informed Fox News Digital. “So, I did some late mannequin stuff on the finish of 2021 and did a bunch of testing with the intention that I used to be going to go ARCA Racing. Granted, sponsorship fell by, attempting to place all of the items along with the workforce and all the pieces like that – it simply didn’t occur.”
Muniz stated he was comfortable, in a method, he didn’t race in 2022 as a result of he realized he nonetheless had a lot to study inventory automotive racing.
“I do know that there’s going to be tracks I’m going to wrestle at this yr and there shall be ones I’m gonna excel at. I simply acquired to reap the benefits of these and be taught as shortly as doable on the different ones,” he defined.
For Muniz, competing in skilled stock-car racing is extra than simply reaching his personal desires. He has greater objectives than that.
The New Jersey native, who achieved two Golden Globe Award nominations and an Emmy Award nomination, as a toddler, defined to Fox News Digital that being a father rejuvenated him. He stated he wished to indicate his son that he, too, might flip his personal wild desires into actuality.
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“You know, it’s humorous as a result of I’m really a really high-stress individual. I prefer to be busy however I nearly make myself so busy that I can’t even accomplish issues that I need,” Muniz stated. “It’s simply my persona. That stated, once I had my son I used to be sitting within the hospital and him and I used to be attempting to think about like the kind of father I used to be going to be or what he was going to develop up pondering of his dad. And me, I’ve achieved a lot in my life, proper? I used to be an actor. Emmy, Golden Globe nominated. Like, I wouldn’t imagine it however I used to be. I raced vehicles up to now, I used to be in band, I toured everywhere in the world. I owned a bunch of companies. So, I’ve achieved lots, up to now. But in that second, I used to be like, I’m nothing.
“I don’t need to simply be residence. I wished him to see me reaching for a aim or working arduous towards one thing and discovering success in it or not, proper, as a result of there’s clearly a lesson to be taught that all the pieces’s not going to occur the way in which you hope, proper? But I wished him to develop up in that surroundings of seeing me attempt to succeed at one thing.
“And once I look again at all the issues that I’ve achieved, racing is the one factor that I felt like I had unfinished enterprise. Obviously, I’d like to proceed appearing and I’m nonetheless doing issues right here or there but it surely’s not one thing that’s as much as me. It takes producers, the writers, all the pieces has to come back collectively to supply me a job or no matter it might be. And I can work so arduous as an actor, actually get into the character and provides what I feel and I imagine is my finest efficiency ever and also you go, ‘It was weak.’”
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Muniz admitted that residing within the Caribbean or transferring to Costa Rica and simply browsing all day sounds “actually interesting” but it surely wasn’t his and his spouse’s persona to simply sit again and do nothing. He stated when he commits to one thing he provides it “100%.”
Muniz understood he actually solely has one season to actually show himself as a driver.
“I need to do it for my household. I need to do it for myself,” Muniz stated. “I need to do it as a result of the enjoyment I get… I imply, racing has such highs and such lows. But these highs, like there’s nothing I might evaluate it to.”
He added that in certainly one of his exams he completed as one of many high 10 quickest on the monitor.
Muniz has had a short profession in racing. He raced within the 2004 and 2005 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race in California. He participated in additional than a dozen races within the 2006 Formula BMW USA season and in 2007 he participated within the Champ Car Atlantic Series.
In 2022, Muniz did a take a look at at Daytona within the ARCA Menards Series.
Nick Sanchez is the defending ARCA Menards Series champion.