Frankie Muniz had a successful acting career where he notably depicted a precocious pre-teen with a chaotic family life as the title character in the series “Malcolm in the Middle.” But it wasn’t until he had his own child two years ago that he realized he needed to get back behind the wheel of a race car.
Muniz started racing after the TV series wrapped in 2006, but a serious injury in 2009 put his new career in park. After a 14-year hiatus, Muniz, 37, is back on the track, driving the No. 30 Rette Jones Racing Ford Mustang in the ARCA Menards National Championship Series. He’s even hoping to advance to the NASCAR Xfinity Series after this season.
“I knew I wanted to go back (to racing), but life happened,” said Muniz, who pursued other opportunities including joining a band and starting an olive oil company in the interim but regained his focus as a new father. He didn’t want his son to think that he had not chased his dreams to his fullest potential.
“If I wanted this, I couldn’t keep putting it off,” Muniz said during a recent Q&A at Ford World Headquarters moderated by Jeff Striegle, an announcer from Motor Racing Network. “I’ve jumped around in my life and done a lot of things, but I had the ability to choose where I wanted to be and what I wanted to do. … I wanted the challenge and I’m working really hard to be the best driver possible and hopefully win races this year.”