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09/22/08
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Carmichael eyes move from 2 wheels to 4  UPDATE #8 Kevin Harvick said Friday he hopes to run former motorcross champion Ricky Carmichael in selected NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races for Kevin Harvick Inc.

Carmichael, a 15-time American Motorcyclist Association champion, is currently driving for Ken Schrader Racing in the NASCAR Camping World East Series. Harvick has entered him in the ARCA race at Talladega next month.

“Our plan is to put him in a third truck,” Harvick said. “Obviously, we’ve got to get the sponsorship and everything rounded up. … He’s done a great job. Obviously, he knows how to race, whether it has been in a car or truck or a motorcycle. He knows how to race for a championship. He’s got that will and determination to make something happen.”

09/17/08 Ricky Carmichael, a 10-time AMA national motocross champion from 1997 - 2006, will attempt to make his ARCA RE/MAX series debut at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 3. Carmichael, a rookie on the Camping World East Series this season for Ken Schrader Racing, has been entered into the event at the 2.66-mile speedway by Kevin Harvick Inc. With three top-5 finishes and six top-10's Carmichael, 28, is eighth in the Camping World East Series standings after 11 of 13 events this season. Hartford Courant

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01/08/08 Mark Martin said DEI is negotiating to sign motocross star Ricky Carmichael to drive a full Camping World East Series (formerly Busch East) schedule this year. "Ricky has the fire, desire and talent to do this stuff,'' said Martin, who worked with Carmichael at Ginn Racing before the merger with DEI last season. ESPN.com

08/05/07 When Mark Martin, offered to mentor Supercross star Ricky Carmichael in stock-car racing, that became Carmichael's next career move. Martin has been driving for Ginn Racing, owned by zillionaire resort magnate Bobby Ginn, and Carmichael signed with Ginn as a development driver, with an eye toward running local races this year, some regional NASCAR races in 2008, and probably a Busch Series schedule in 2009. But last month, a monkey wrench was tossed into those plans: Ginn merged with Dale Earnhardt Inc., which is also facing an uncertain future with the departure of Dale Earnhardt Jr. As part of the restructuring, Ginn fired Sterling Marlin and Joe Nemechek, and Martin moved under the DEI umbrella. And apparently, Carmichael is moving with him. "I had some good talks this past week with Mark," Carmichael said. "I haven't heard anything from Ginn, but I'm excited about the DEI connection." Orlando Sentinel

03/21/07 Ginn Racing is finalizing a deal that is expected to put Ricky Carmichael's chief Supercross sponsor, Monster Energy Drink, on the car for his first stock car race this weekend.

When Monster in January 2006 signed a reported two-year deal with Carmichael, widely regarded as the Michael Jordan of motorcycle racing, its marketers had no idea he would be driving a vehicle with four wheels instead of two. But the move to stock car racing and possibly NASCAR broadens the audience for Monster, the No. 2 energy drink in sales behind Red Bull.

"What we like is it takes one of our personalities over to the more mainstream, corporate side of the world with Ricky's NASCAR involvement," said Scott Sepkovic, president and CEO of Crown Athlete Management Group, the procurement agency for Monster. "We want to stay on board and follow Ricky." Sporting News

07/24/06 If Motocross racer Ricky Carmichael wants to give NASCAR a try, Joe Gibbs Racing will find a seat for him. J.D. Gibbs said Sunday the team has had preliminary discussions with Carmichael, who many consider the greatest motocross racer of all time. "We're just talking to him, like a "Hey, if it ever comes up and you are interested in doing something, let's brainstorm,' " Gibbs said. Carmichael is expected to make the 2007 season his final one in Motocross, and Gibbs said he didn't think it would take him long to adjust to stock-cars if Carmichael wanted to give them a try. FoxSports/AP

07/20/06 As Ricky Carmichael soldiers on through his last full season on the AMA Motocross circuit, pieces are starting to fall in place as to what exactly his plans are for 2007 and beyond. Besides rumors circulating of Carmichael signing a three-year deal to drive in the ARCA Series for the Joe Gibbs race team starting in 2007, Carmichael is starting to leave hints as to which outdoor nationals he plans on racing next year. racerxill.com

03/10/06 Motorcross racer, Ricky Carmichael, may trade in his two-wheel ride for NASCAR's four-wheel variety, perhaps as soon as 2008. He has a friend, mentor and supporter in Kasey Kahne, who spent last Saturday -- on a rare weekend off from Nextel Cup -- hanging out with Carmichael at the AMA Supercross at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. Kahne and Carmichael are the same age (26) and share the same passion for racing, having met at the Daytona 500 in 2004 and immediately becoming friends. That friendship has helped increase Carmichael's interest in four-wheel racing. Kahne offered to set up a taste of driving a stock car last summer and Carmichael accepted. They went to the one-third mile, semi-banked Hickory Speedway in North Carolina, a classic short track where many NASCAR drivers have run before they hit the big time. Ray Evernham, Kahne's Cup team owner, provided a late model and went along to oversee the preparation. Kahne drove to set it up. Carmichael not only didn't hit the wall, but also put in some good laps for a guy driving a stock car for the first time. "Ricky did a great job," Kahne said. "He did it right. We had a lot of fun." The experience convinced Carmichael that driving in NASCAR is something he intends to pursue. "It's a dream of mine, for sure," he said. More at CNNSI

11/30/05 Ricky Carmichael says he hopes to someday try NASCAR. Carmichael, a six-time AMA 250 motocross champion and the winningest rider with 129 victories, has already tested with one NASCAR team and is making inroads with others. His contract with Suzuki expires in 2007, and Carmichael plans to honor that commitment.

"Definitely, I'm interested in NASCAR," Carmichael said in a telephone interview earlier this week. "I've had a good opportunity to talk to some folks and it's something I'd like to try."

Carmichael has never sat behind the wheel for an auto race. He did, however, test a Late Model, a stock car often used as a steppingstone to NASCAR's top circuits, for Ray Evernham in August.

The transition from two wheels to four was an adjustment.  "It did feel fast," said Carmichael, who is more accustomed to launching motorcycles into the air on man-made dirt tracks than he is at turning left around oval tracks in cars. "It was just fun. It was challenging for me. It was a lot harder than people think. People say, 'Oh, you just get in and turn left.' But it ain't that way, let me tell you."  USA Today

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