Frankie Muniz to Compete As a Professional Driver

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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