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Frankie Muniz to Compete As a Professional Driver

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Mar 30, 2007 | 5:22am EDT

Former Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz has turned his back on acting to concentrate on a career as a professional Champ Car driver.

The speed-loving star is starting from the back of the grid at the upcoming Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in California, where he'll compete for a win in the Champ Car Atlantic Series.

Race spokeswoman Sherry Perez says, "He's (Muniz) had such success as an actor at such a young age and now it's almost like he's starting over again...as a race car driver."

The child star is sporting a new Mohawk haircut as he attempts to be taken seriously as a member of the Jensen MotorSport team.

Muniz raced for Jensen MotorSport in the 2006 Formula BMW USA series.

The Long Beach Grand Prix has happy memories for Muniz--he won the Toyota Pro/Celebrity race at the three-day event in 2005.

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