Frankie Muniz impressed with an overall solid season in the ARCA Menard’s Series. He recorded 11 top-10s in 20 races with a best finish of fifth at Michigan for a fourth-place points finish to end the season. However, he has remained quiet on his 2024 plans for a while now, so, what is going on with Muniz’s 2024 plans?
What We Know So Far
Frontstretch caught up with Muniz just before the Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. In that interview, he disclosed that he met with Ford to discuss potential 2024 plans. He did say that there were “A lot of really good options on the table.”
Casey Campbell caught up with Muniz following the season finale at Toledo Speedway in October. There, Muniz told Campbell that he knows what he will be doing in 2024, but the announcement is still uncertain.
Frontstretch‘s Mark Kristl also reported a few days later that, according to team owner Mark Rette, Muniz would not be back with the team full-time for 2024. However, part-time options are not out of the question in the series for Muniz.
There are three things we know about Muniz’s 2024 plans. We know he is talking with Ford, he will not be back in ARCA full-time, and he has his plans already set for 2024. This likely means he will be driving in either the Xfinity or Truck Series for some Ford outlet.
Where Could He Go?
Four different Ford race teams could sign Muniz for 2024. These are each of the most prominent open seats that Ford has available in their lower-tier series pipeline.
ThorSport (Truck Series)
Hailie Deegan was announced to be moving on to AM Racing on October 5, and Frankie Muniz spoke to Casey Campbell that plans were set for October 8. Is that time frame too short for Muniz to go to ThorSport? It’s possible that there were discussions ongoing throughout that time, and it could make sense for Muniz to make the jump straight from ARCA to Trucks.
Front Row Motorsports (Truck Series)
If ThorSport is not the team Muniz goes to then what about Front Row Motorsports? That would be another opportunity in race-winning equipment, but, is Muniz the number one candidate? Brett Moffitt won a race with the team at Talladega, and he has not announced his 2024 plans. Moffitt may be the chief competition for Muniz in this ride.
AM Racing (Xfinity Series)
If Moffitt does move on, then AM Racing in the Xfinity Series is a potential landing spot for Muniz. However is this the best place for him to go? He would be partnered with the inexperienced Hailie Deegan, which may not be the best partnership for either driver. On top of that, jumping straight up to Xfinity may be a bit of a jump for Muniz as well.
RSS Racing (Xfinity Series)
RSS Racing has already signed Ryan Seig for 2024, and they are a staple of the Xfinity Series grid. It would be a great, low-pressure place for Muniz to go. He wouldn’t be expected to win, but he could work on running clean races while learning the Xfinity car. Then again, the Seig brothers typically have this ride pretty well locked up, so, is there room and funding for Muniz in the third car full-time?
Frankie Muniz is a driver to watch heading into 2024. Where will he go, and when will he announce his plans?