Grapevine: Actor Muniz starts racing career

Actor Frankie Muniz, best known for his starring role in television series Malcolm in the Middle, is starting a new career as a racing driver

Grapevine: Actor Muniz starts racing career

The 20-year-old American has signed a two-year deal with sometime Champ Car squad Jensen Motorsport. He will compete in this year's Formula BMW USA Championship before graduating to Champ Car Atlantic in 2007, and sees this programme as the first step towards a drive in the Champ Car World Series or even Formula One.

"I have had an incredible time these past eight years as an actor," said Muniz. "Having done little else but work since age 12, and with a passion for fast cars, professional race car driving is something that I am really excited to pursue.

"Eric Jensen, and the entire Jensen team, have taught me a great deal during our winter testing programme. My times are now competitive with the best young drivers, and I am very focused on learning as much as possible to be able to race with the best this year and next."

Muniz won last year's Toyota Pro-Celebrity race at Long Beach, and has already impressed his new team.

"Frankie has performed extremely well in pre-season testing," said team boss Eric Jensen. "He is quickly learning the multitude of skills required to be a competitive professional race car driver."

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