Frankie Muniz is taking a break from acting to be a professional race car driver.
The 20-year-old actor recently wrapped up the final episode of Fox TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle” and is turning his attention to driving race cars for at least the next two years.
Muniz says he’ll race this season for Jensen Motorsport in Formula BMW and hopes to move up to the Atlantic Series, the steppingstone to Champ Car, in 2007.
“I’m going to make it my full-time deal right now because you kind of have to,” he told The Associated Press recently. “You can’t really juggle both (acting and racing) because, if you do, you just don’t get enough time in the car. And I really love racing and this is what I want to do right now and for the next two years, and potentially more.”
He got fired up about racing in 2004, when he was invited to take part in the Toyota Pro-Celebrity Race that has been a part of the Grand Prix of Long Beach for 30 years.
“I’ve had ‘Malcolm’ since I was 12,” Muniz said. “In the beginning, everyone was asking how I was going to make that transition from child actor to adult actor, respected actor, movie actor, whatever that might be. I thought, ‘Well, I’ll just continue what I’m doing and, when I turn 18, I’ll be an adult. So I’ll be an adult actor, right?”’
“When it came down to it ... all I really wanted to do was go racing,” he said.
Muniz said he doubts he is through with acting.
“Truthfully, I think it will be easier for me to leave for a while and come back when I’m 23, 24 and be an adult and start fresh,” he said.