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Old 02-07-08, 08:34 AM
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I'm giving up racing.....

to move to Hollywood and take up acting! It's clear that acting makes better race car drivers, so screw the wife and kids, I'm moving to California to start my racing career!

Oh it must be great to be so young, conceited and ignorant!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005260/news

Muniz: "No Actor Can Race Like I Can"
1 February 2008 (WENN)
Actor-turned-racing driver Frankie Muniz is in no doubt about his talents behind the wheel - insisting no other celebrity can race cars as well as he can. The former Malcolm In The Middle star walked away from a successful TV and movie career three years ago to follow his driving dreams full-time. And Muniz is more than confident he made the right decision. He says, "I don't want to sound conceited, but I don't think there has been an actor or celebrity-turned-racecar driver that has made it as high up on the racecar circuit as I have. So I don't think there's anyone who can keep up with me. And that's just me being honest." And Muniz's new car confidence has given him a speedy new ambition: "I want to race Michael Schumacher, seven-time (Formula One) world champion."


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Old 02-07-08, 08:51 AM
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LOL - tool

ories for Muniz - he won the Toyota Pro/Celebrity race at the three-day event in 2005.
Wonder who he raced ?
Other celebrity racer is that guy from 90210 - supposedly he did well untill he crashed (don't we all)
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Old 02-07-08, 08:53 AM
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He's young (~21), so his entire racing exposure has all been post mid 90's. He's probably never heard about Paul Neuman, other than the salad dressing.

Not a bad driver apparently, but just young and inexperienced - on the track and off.

Personally, I liked the humilty that Richard Hammond demonstrated on TopGear when put behind the wheel of an F1 car. Other actors should take note.

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Old 02-07-08, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by wrankin View Post
He's young (~21), so his entire racing exposure has all been post mid 90's. He's probably never heard about Paul Neuman, other than the salad dressing.
Hah, that's the first celeb/racer that came to my mind. TR6 FTW!

But hey, at least he is doing better than Hogan's kid. lol

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Old 02-07-08, 09:27 AM
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Jason Preistley ran Indy lights (or whatever they call it now) before he lunched it.

Good luck racing Schumacher now though. Kid needs to read the news.
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Old 02-07-08, 09:37 AM
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There's also the guy from grey's anatomy (Mcdreamy or mcsteamy, not sure which), the girls were looking for him all through out the 25 hours at thunderhill event, we were totally messing with them at the race... "look! there he is...Not"

Whatever, even if this kid is the fastest among actors, that doesn't say much about the rest of the race car drivers
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Old 02-07-08, 09:46 AM
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I am told that in Formula BMW, his best finish was a 16th. Now that may make you a fast actor, but it's still only an average racer at best. This guy couldn't scrape the lint off Schumi's jock.

Paul Newman
Steve McQueen
Craig T. Nelson
Patrick Dempsey
Jason Priestley

and I'm sure there's more. This kid is undistinguishable from any of the above.

There's a great difference between being a fast racing actor, and being a fast race car driver. One doesn't necessarily equal the other.
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Old 02-07-08, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by ptrhahn View Post
Jason Preistley ran Indy lights (or whatever they call it now) before he lunched it.
Preistley also tried pro rally before indy......until he ran out of teams willing to let him run.

Paul Neuman is like what, 93. He could still wax that little kid.


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Old 02-07-08, 10:32 AM
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I watched him run at Portland last year. I think it was Atlantics, shows how much of an impression he made on me. He is nothing more than a mid packer, with a big bank account, so he can buy the best equipment.
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Old 02-07-08, 10:59 AM
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He is nothing more than a mid packer, with a big bank account, so he can buy the best equipment.
Well, if the talent is there as he would have you believe, his likely available racing budget should have him a bit closer to the front.

I think he should ask Paul Newman's permission to speak before he shoots his mouth off anymore.

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Good for him. He was funny as Malcolm. Seems to be focused on his dreams, unlike other Pop figures that can't keep out of the Drugs or Alcohol.

I will support him I guess, rather hear about him coming in 16th than being arrested 16 times for DUII's and checking in and out of Treatment programs!

Sounds like daddy not paying for any of it either.
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cagedruss, I agree whole heartedly
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Well, I'm here to declare that I'm the fastest person named "Hahn" on earth. I mean, no other Hahn even comes close. Just being honest. Bring on Ayrton Senna.
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I think his "success" just shows how few people are ever given the privilege to evaluate their talents as a race driver.

I'd bet a lot of money that if you picked up 12 random 18 year olds and gave them the training/seat time that Muniz has seen, he'd be right in the middle.

Now if he were striking out in, say, track and field, and his mile time puts him in the top of the collegiate ranks, I'll agree he's talented. Because then you know you're faster than millions of people. The pool of potential pro race drivers is small, much less if you restrict it to the ones from Hollywood.

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Way to go Frankie! 25th out of 30 at the MX-5 Cup race last Sept.

Patrick Dempsey took 10th at that race. Frankie forget about him. $10k gets you arrive and drive for MX-5 cup weekend, big deal.

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Old 02-07-08, 02:40 PM
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I wonder if he races the Jetta he got from FNF ...LOL

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Paul Newman- Hands down the best on this list, won a race at 80 years young
Steve McQueen- Some tallent but a good amature at best
Craig T. Nelson- Lots of money and low on tallent
Patrick Dempsey- Holy ****, he didnt do that bad at the 24 HR this year
Jason Priestley- Lots of money and a concrete wall ended that all fast
James Dean - Alot like Newman , guy had some tallent but we know how that one ended
Steve Allen- Again money helped but he was just a mid pac moving chicane

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Well, Frankie did post at least once very fast lap: a 3:22.8. But he finished a lap down. I figured that he pissed someone off and they punted him.

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Anyone with assloads of money can buy a race car and seat time.

Doing it with literally no budget and getting to the TOP ala Louis Hamilton is what separates the champions from the wannabes.
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I hope he does really well... props for doing it... the fact that he is an actor or that he has a lot of money doesn't mean he doesnt have the passion or the potential to be the best
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Nobody's arguing that he doesn't love racing.

But he's talking a lot of smack without having accomplished all that much.

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Yeah, I dont like the smack, but I do like the fact that he DID work for his money... I mean, acting is not exactly as easy as you think. He worked for his money, and is now spending it by doing what he likes.... If he only cut the smack talking..... Well, time will tell.

At least it's not another case of "daddy's $$$ pays for everything"
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McQueen is flipping him the bird from his grave.

That shitty FnF jetta is the first thing that came to mind. Hope he doesn't race for pink slips! "Dom, I am... so... sorry."
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My friend worked on the team that Patrick dempsey raced on during the Koni challenge race for the 24 at Daytona, and said that the team manager was on the verge of telling him to **** off due to his total lack of ability.

This is really the direction in which racing is going in my opinion. These are the people that get non-race fans excited about coming to events, and these are often times the people that bring sponsorship dollars.

Just like any weekend racer I give them props for going after their dreams, but humility is the greatest of virtues.
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Hmmm I'm happy that he is following his dream but to talk that way Hmmmm, also how will he race Michael Schumacher, did'nt he retire already...
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Old 02-08-08, 06:21 AM
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Does Tim Allen still race ?
Didn't he have his own Saleen/Mustang racecar once...
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