Frankie Muniz landed a little higher than just the middle in his debut as a great race car driver… came close to finishing in the top 10 during an all-gas, no-brake semi-pro series.
The actor-turned-racer raced in the ARCA Menards Series on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway in Florida – marking his first acceleration among other professionals. It was an 80 lap trip, with around 40 riders going in circles.
ONE FOR THE UNDERDOGS!@GregVanAlst35 takes the lead on the last lap and WINS at @DAYTONA!@FS1 | #Menards200 pic.twitter.com/YPBh4fvvXN
— ARCA Menards Series (@ARCA_Racing) February 18, 2023
Muniz ranked 11th overall when all was said and done…and the final lap turned out to be quite dramatic, with Frankie moving up from 12th. Even before that, however, he was doing incredibly well… placing in the top 10 multiple times throughout the course.
Frankie himself detailed the ride, saying he was ecstatic and proud of himself for being able to place as high as him…pointing out that at one point he was 24th.
Damn moly!!! It was the craziest thing I’ve ever done. Climbed into the top 3 before turning around and causing damage. I went to the back and went from 24th to 11th in the last 2 laps. I am very grateful to my team and @hairclub and sponsors for making my dream come true!
— Frankie Muniz (@frankiemuniz) February 18, 2023
He wrote: “Holy moly!!! This is the craziest thing I’ve ever done. I made it into the top 3 before I got kicked out and caused some damage. I went to the back and I went from 24th to 11th in the last 2 laps. I’m so grateful to my team, @hairclub and sponsors for making my dream come true!”
During the race, Frankie was getting props from the broadcasters for avoiding what could have been a major accident…so, yeah, he was holding his own with the best of them.
Frankie Muniz is racing ARCA this season and he did a masterful job of not crashing his #30 car at Daytona. pic.twitter.com/jVruMWV95C
– The comeback (@thecomeback) February 18, 2023
FM has been running for years now, but only recently decided to pursue full time …give up on his acting career, for now, and opt for the smell of burnt rubber instead.
We actually spoke to him last month about his foray into a whole new industry, and he made it clear to us that he was excited for the opportunity and planned to take it seriously. Considering how well he did for his first official release, probably even more so.
11th for @Frankie Muniz
I loved seeing him run today! pic.twitter.com/Pg6In4UozV
— Eric Estepp (@EricEstepp17) February 18, 2023