Ricky Carmichael

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Ricky Carmichael
RickyCarmichaelMay2007Key.jpg
Carmichael in May 2007
Born (1979-11-27) November 27, 1979 (age 39)
Clearwater, Florida, United States
Achievements7x AMA Motocross 450cc champion
5x AMA Supercross 450cc champion
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
8 races run over 2 years
2011 position113th
Best finish84th (2010)
First race 2010 Kansas Lottery 300 (Kansas)
Last race 2011 Wypall 200 (Phoenix)
WinsTop tens Poles
010
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
68 races run over 3 years
2011 position16th
Best finish13th (2010)
First race 2009 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Daytona)
Last race 2011 Ford 200 (Homestead)
WinsTop tens Poles
0181
Statistics current as of July 17, 2012.

Ricky Carmichael (born November 27, 1979 in Clearwater, Florida) [1] is a former motocross racer known for his success in motocross in the early 2000s, having won the AMA Motocross Championship 450cc class seven times and the AMA Supercross Championship 450cc class five times. His unrivaled successes in the sport of motocross have given him the nickname "The GOAT"; standing for Greatest of All Time. [2]

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Motocross/supercross career

After a dominant amateur career, Carmichael made his pro debut for the (Splitfire Pro Circuit) Kawasaki team in 1997. He was fast but erratic in Supercross; winning several main events. Crashes and inconsistency cost him the title to Suzuki's Tim Ferry. Outdoors, Carmichael was much more in his element, and he beat defending champion Steve Lamson for the win at the first round. Carmichael was very dominant and won the overall title in his rookie year.

He more than made amends for his rookie-season loss in Supercross by winning all 8 main events of the 1998 125cc East Region. He won the East/West shootout as well. Outdoors, he defended his title easily despite early challenges from Lamson, John Dowd, and Mike Brown.

Carmichael jumped to the 250 class for Supercross in 1999 with the Factory Kawasaki team. It started off reasonably well with some top 5 finishes, but had a violent crash in the early rounds and was forced to take time off. The rest of the year was filled with crashes and disappointing results and Carmichael failed to finish in the top 10 overall. He raced 125 outdoors once again with Pro Circuit, and again dominated that series for his third title in a row.

In 2000, Carmichael jumped to the 250 class full-time. He was much more consistent this year with regular top 5 finishes, including his first win at Daytona. He finished 5th overall behind eventual champion Jeremy McGrath; the latter's final title. Outdoors, Carmichael had no such trouble adapting the bigger bike and was the class of the field. He had some close battles with Sebastien Tortelli, but ended up winning the 250 National Championship in his first try.

Daytona International Speedway Motorsport track in the United States

Daytona International Speedway is a race track in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. Since opening in 1959, it has been the home of the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race in NASCAR. In addition to NASCAR, the track also hosts races of ARCA, AMA Superbike, USCC, SCCA, and Motocross. The track features multiple layouts including the primary 2.5-mile (4.0 km) high-speed tri-oval, a 3.56-mile (5.73 km) sports car course, a 2.95-mile (4.75 km) motorcycle course, and a 1,320-foot (400 m) karting and motorcycle flat-track. The track's 180-acre (73 ha) infield includes the 29-acre (12 ha) Lake Lloyd, which has hosted powerboat racing. The speedway is owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation.

Jeremy McGrath American racing driver

Jeremy McGrath is one of the most popular American Motocross/Supercross champions in the history of the sport, racking up 7 Supercross championships. He was most active in the 1990s earning the title the "King of Supercross." McGrath didn't start riding motocross until the age of 14 because he spent his younger years riding BMX. That experience helped him revolutionize the way supercross was ridden, employing a technique he learned in BMX allowing him to stay a foot or two lower over jumps by coming in with more speed then soaking up the landing into his body similar to the way you ride BMX. One of his BMX "tricks" during jumps on the supercross track, the most famous of which he called the "Nac Nac", helped spawn the sport of freestyle motocross. McGrath won the AMA Pro Athlete of the Year Award in 1996. Still competitive in Motorcycle racing, he has tried his hand in many types of motorcycle competition. Lately he has expanded into off-road trucks in the Pro 2WD division of the LOORS Series and occasionally tries his hand at stock car racing. McGrath lives in Southern California with his wife Kim and daughters Rhowan and Bergen. McGrath has the privilege of being the first rookie ever to win the AMA 250cc Supercross Championship, in 1993.

By 2001, Carmichael had showed a new commitment to his fitness and preparation. After some early series battles with McGrath, Carmichael took a chokehold of the points lead and won 13 out of 15 Supercross races as well as the championship. After another battle with Tortelli and Kevin Windham outdoors, Carmichael won that title again as well.

Kevin Windham motocross racer

Kevin Windham, is an American former professional motocross racer. At 17 he received a full factory ride from Team Yamaha. He has raced for many factory teams and holds several titles, back to back AMA 125 West Supercross Championships in 1996 and 1997, the 2005 Motocross des Nations team championship, and 2nd in points for the 2008 supercross season. In 1999 Windham won the United States Grand Prix of Motocross held at Budd's Creek, Maryland. Despite his longtime status as one of the world's fastest motocross racers, he is yet to win a major National or World Championship. He is better known by the nickname K-Dub on the racing scene. He announced his retirement from racing at the third round of the 2013 Supercross season.

Carmichael switched to Honda for 2002. He suffered a horrendous endo at round one of Supercross; earning no points. He mounted a furious comeback by winning 11 races from 16 and the title over David Vuillemin.

David Vuillemin is a French professional motocross rider.

Carmichael accomplished something that year previously thought impossible. He won all 24 motos of the 2002 National season.

2003–2007

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Carmichael in 2007

In 2003, Carmichael won both Supercross and National titles again; winning 7 races indoors where he faced a stiff challenge from Chad Reed. He won the National title again with a 9 race wins over Windham.

Chad Mark Reed AM is an Australian motocross and supercross racer. He is a multi-time supercross and motocross champion and the record holder for most Main Event starts in Supercross history, with 228 starts as of 2018, with his career spanning almost 20 years. He was taught from a young age as being capable of competing at the sports most elite level. He has proven to be the most consistent supercross/motocross racer in the 2000-2009 decade, and has grown to be one of the sports most loved individuals, due to his years of experience and dedication to his sport. He has since ascended the international ranks of the sport to become Australia's most successful motocross racer.

In 2004, Carmichael was injured for the Supercross season, he had a knee injury (torn ligaments/meniscus) but came back for the Motocross season to record his second perfect season; winning 24 of the 24 motos he raced and all 12 overalls on his Honda CRF 450; his first effort on a 4-stroke bike.

Carmichael entered the 2005 season as the underdog, due to missing the prior season with the knee injury, now as a Suzuki factory rider. In what was projected as "the perfect storm", James "Bubba" Stewart made his debut in the premier 250cc class, along with perennial contenders Chad Reed and Kevin Windham, Carmichael triumphantly regained his Supercross title, with seven victories to Reed's five, Stewart's three, and Windham's one. Later that summer, Carmichael won all 12 events in the 250cc Outdoor National Championship again; winning 22 of 24 motos on an RMZ450. Carmichael also scored the US Open of Supercross title and led Team USA to a convincing victory at the Motocross des Nations.

James Stewart Jr. American motocross racer

James Stewart Jr., also known as Bubba Stewart, is an American professional motocross racer who competed in supercross riding the No. 7. Through his years of racing, he earned the nickname “The Fastest Man on The Planet”, due to his extraordinary talent, speed, athleticism and innovation. James is also known for innovating the "bubba scrub" or just "scrub", which revolutionized the sport and became a fundamental skill needed to compete in Professional Motocross. In 2008 he won every race and every moto of the AMA Motocross season. The only other person to do this is Ricky Carmichael. James is #2 in all time 450 Supercross wins(50), and #2 all time in Pro AMA wins(98). He was the first to bring major outside sponsorship to the sport (Nike), and the first to host his own television show "Bubba's World" which brought even more attention to the sport. He is arguably the most financially lucrative racer, bringing in endorsement deals paying him over $10M a year throughout his career. Known for his vibrant personality and big smile, James has been featured in news outlets like Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Maxim, ESPN The Magazine, GQ and many more. Additionally, Teen People named him one of “20 Teens Who Will Change the World”. He has the record for best rookie season, having won 10/12 Motocross races in 2002. James has 5 FIM World Champion titles from Motocross of Nations, and World Supercross. 4 AMA Supercross Champion titles, and 3 AMA Motocross Champion titles. He won the Redbull Straight Rhythm in both 2014 and 2015. He's a Motocross legend who battled the greats of multiple era's.

Motocross des Nations

The Motocross des Nations is an annual team motocross race, where riders representing their country meet at what is billed as the "Olympics of Motocross". The event has been staged since 1947, where the team of Bill Nicholson, Fred Rist and Bob Ray, representing Great Britain, took home the Chamberlain Trophy for the first time.

Carmichael campaigned the 2006 Supercross season aboard an RMZ450; his first attempt at indoor competition on a four-stroke. It was the most exciting series battle in recent memory. There were multiple points lead changes and race winners, and Carmichael, Reed, and Stewart all entered the Las Vegas finale within 5 points of each other. With Carmichael and Reed tied for the lead, and Stewart only 1 point behind them, it was a close race. Carmichael rode to a safe second-place finish behind Stewart and ended the series with 6 victories and his fifth Supercross championship. He indicated that 2006 would be his last full-time season and planned to retire the following year.

In the 2006 Outdoor National Championship season, Carmichael once again dominated all comers, including James Stewart, in winning 9 races and placing second twice. However, at the season finale at Glen Helen Raceway, Carmichael suffered a terrible crash while challenging James Stewart for the win and was unable to finish the race. Carmichael had already clinched the overall championship at the prior round. In the crash, he sustained a shoulder injury and was unable to compete in the Motocross of Nations race in England. Ivan Tedesco replaced him on Team USA and helped lead the American team to victory.

As planned, Carmichael raced only a partial schedule in 2007. He would only race select events for Team Makita Suzuki while pursuing his new stock car career. Carmichael finished with two Supercross wins and six Outdoor National Championship wins, winning every race he entered. Carmichael capped his career with a winning performance at the X-Games and a victory with Team USA at the Motocross of Nations in Budds Creek, Maryland.

Stock car transition

Carmichael racing in 2011 at Road America in the Nationwide Series Nationwide 30 Ricky Carmichael 2011 Road America Bucyrus 200.jpg
Carmichael racing in 2011 at Road America in the Nationwide Series

In 2007, Carmichael signed a driver development contract with Ginn Racing, which would later be merged with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Under the tutelage of veteran Mark Martin, Carmichael started his transition to stock cars by racing late models throughout the country. With backing from Monster Energy, Carmichael later transitioned to Ken Schrader Racing, and ran a few races in the Camping World East Series, including the prestigious Toyota All-Star Showdown at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, California. In 2009, Carmichael was tabbed by Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick to drive the No. 4 Chevrolet Silverado in 18 races for Harvick's team, Kevin Harvick, Inc. Though the transition wasn't easy, Carmichael finished 22nd in Truck Series points that year. In 2010, Carmichael and Monster left KHI and went to Turner Motorsports, where he would gain 9 top tens en route to finishing 13th in the points. Carmichael also made his Nationwide Series debut at Kansas Speedway, starting 12th and finishing 18th. Carmichael returned to Turner for 2011, and split the No. 30 Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series with teammates James Buescher, Reed Sorenson, Jason Leffler and Mark Martin.

On September 2, 2011, Carmichael achieved his first career pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series.

Other activities

In 2009, for the BBC show Top Gear , Ken Block took James May out for Gymkhana-style driving at Block's stunt course at Inyokern Airport; an operational California airport. Carmichael appeared in a supporting role, to which Block described Carmichael as 'a good friend'.

He currently works on AMA Monster Energy Supercross Broadcasts on NBC AND NBCSN

Awards

He was voted 2009 Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver.

In 2015, he was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. [3]

Motorsports career results

AMA Motocross / Supercross

YearRnd
1
Rnd
2
Rnd
3
Rnd
4
Rnd
5
Rnd
6
Rnd
7
Rnd
8
Rnd
9
Rnd
10
Rnd
11
Rnd
12
Rnd
13
Rnd
14
Rnd
15
Rnd
16
Average
Finish
Podium
Percent
Place
1999 SX619---414194-186111271911.58-16th
1999 MX111161112311----9.0064%1st
2000 SX84103241031319534855.6338%5th
2000 MX1311112111111----2.0192%1st
2001 SX31211111111111111.19100%1st
2001 MX425111112111----1.7583%1st
2002 SX204411211111121112.6381%1st
2002 MX11111111111111111.00100%1st
2003 SX24111311112222221.7594%1st
2003 MX11111122111-----1.18100%1st
2004 SX-------------------
2004 MX11111111111111111.00100%1st
2005 SX31111121122223321.75100%1st
2005 MX111111111111----1.00100%1st
2006 SX311212201122226323.1988%1st
2006 MX2111111211138----4.2592%1st
2007 SX2DNSDNS21DNSDNSDNS2122DNSDNSDNSDNS--8th
2007 MX11111DNSDNSDNS1DNSDNSDNS------6th
Wins

Other motocross / supercross

X Games Medals

NASCAR

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Nationwide Series

NASCAR Nationwide Series results
YearTeamNo.Make1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435NNSCPts
2010 Turner Motorsports 10 Toyota DAY CAL LVS BRI NSH PHO TEX TAL RCH DAR DOV CLT NSH KEN ROA NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP IOW GLN MCH BRI CGV ATL RCH DOV KAN
18
CAL
31
CLT GTY TEX
35
PHO
21
HOM 84th337
2011 30 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX TAL NSH RCH DAR DOV IOW CLT CHI MCH ROA
9
DAY
39
KEN NHA NSH IRP IOW GLN CGV BRI ATL RCH
26
CHI DOV KAN CLT TEX 113th01
34 PHO
15
HOM

Camping World Truck Series

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
YearTeamNo.Make12345678910111213141516171819202122232425NCWTCPts
2009 Kevin Harvick Incorporated 4 Chevy DAY
24
CAL
8
ATL
21
MAR
29
KAN
23
CLT DOV TEX
11
MCH
7
MLW
19
MEM
14
KEN
7
IRP
19
NSH BRI CHI
18
IOW
13
GTW
22
NHA LVS
22
MAR TAL
20
TEX
12
22nd1978
Turner Motorsports 31 PHO
18
HOM
19
2010 4 DAY
29
ATL
6
MAR
10
NSH
15
KAN
12
DOV
4
CLT
14
TEX
20
MCH
15
IOW
9
GTY
29
IRP
14
POC
19
NSH
14
DAR
24
BRI
19
CHI
28
KEN
5
NHA
29
LVS
9
MAR
9
TAL
5
TEX
10
PHO
27
HOM
21
13th2925
2011 DAY
8
PHO
31
DAR
30
MAR
8
NSH
14
DOV
29
CLT
12
KAN
21
TEX
6
KEN
13
IOW
27
NSH
16
IRP
19
POC
20
MCH
12
BRI
29
ATL
8
CHI
25
NHA
19
KEN
6
LVS
12
TAL
4
MAR
35
TEX
8
HOM
17
16th675

ARCA Racing Series

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
YearTeamNo.Make123456789101112131415161718192021ARSCPts
2008 Kevin Harvick Incorporated 33 Chevy DAY SLM IOW KAN CAR KEN TOL POC MCH CAY KEN BLN POC NSH ISF DSF CHI SLM NJE TAL
30
TOL 139th80
2009 DAY
21
SLM CAR
17
TAL KEN TOL POC MCH MFD IOW KEN BLN POC ISF CHI TOL DSF NJE SLM KAN CAR 85th270
2010 Turner Motorsports 4 Toyota DAY
7
PBE SLM TEX
25
TAL
31
TOL POC MCH IOW MFD POC BLN NJE ISF CHI DSF TOL SLM KAN CAR 60th375
2011 Chevy DAY
4
TAL SLM TOL NJE CHI POC MCH WIN BLN IOW IRP POC ISF MAD DSF SLM KAN TOL 88th210

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References

  1. Ricky Carmichael Career Statistics
  2. http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org/halloffame/detail.aspx?RacerID=463
  3. "Mark Martin, Ricky Carmichael among 2015 inductees into Motorsports Hall of Fame of America". Fox News . Retrieved January 24, 2015.