Ricky Carmichael

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Ricky Carmichael
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Carmichael at Daytona International Speedway in 2020
Born (1979-11-27) November 27, 1979 (age 42)
Clearwater, Florida, U.S.
Achievements7x AMA Motocross 450cc champion
5x AMA Supercross 450cc champion
Awards2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
8 races run over 2 years
2011 position113th
Best finish84th (2010)
First race2010 Kansas Lottery 300 (Kansas)
Last race2011 Wypall 200 (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
68 races run over 3 years
2011 position16th
Best finish13th (2010)
First race2008 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Daytona)
Last race2011 Ford 200 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 18 1
Medal record
Representing  United States
Summer X Games
Gold medal – first place 2007 Los Angeles Moto X Racing
Gold medal – first place 2008 Los Angeles Moto X Step Up
Gold medal – first place 2009 Los Angeles Moto X Step Up
Silver medal – second place 2009 Los Angeles Moto X Best Whip
Bronze medal – third place World of X Real Moto 2019 MTX Real Moto
Last updated on: June 13, 2020.

Richard Carmichael (born November 27, 1979) is an American former professional motocross and stock car racing driver. He competed in the AMA Motocross Championships from 1997 to 2007 and in NASCAR from 2008 to 2011. Carmichael is notable for winning the AMA 450cc motocross national championship 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.[1]

His NASCAR career began with him competing full-time in the East Series in 2008 for Ken Schrader Racing, as well as part-time in what is now the ARCA Menards Series for Kevin Harvick Incorporated. He drove in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series full-time for three years, first with KHI for most of his rookie season in 2009, and then the rest of his time there with Turner Motorsports. He also made select starts in what is now the Xfinity Series as well as ARCA for Turner in 2010 and 2011.

Racing career[edit]

Motocross/supercross[edit]

After a dominant amateur career, Carmichael made his professional debut in 1997 for the Splitfire Pro Circuit Kawasaki team. In his rookie Supercross effort he showed promising speed, winning multiple main events. However, crashes and inconsistency ultimately cost him the title to Suzuki's Tim Ferry. Outdoors, Carmichael was more consistent, beating defending champion Steve Lamson for the overall win at round 1, and went on to win the overall 125cc title.

In 1998 Carmichael proved his ability to dominate indoors as well, winning all 8 of the 125cc East coast Supercross rounds, as well as the "East/West Shoot-Out" event. Outdoors, he defended his title comfortably 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. He had moderate success in the early rounds, including top 5 finishes, but frequent crashes throughout the remainder of the season resulted in a finish outside of the top 10 of the final standings. For the outdoor season, he remained in the 125cc class, which he won handily for a 3rd consecutive year. In 2000, Carmichael moved to the 250 class full-time. He showed more consistency in Supercross, getting his first premier class race win at Daytona. He finished 5th overall in the final standings. Carmichael again displayed his outdoor prowess in the 2000 AMA Motocross championship, winning the title in his rookie year despite challenges from Sebastien Tortelli.

Leading into the 2001 Supercross season, Carmichael showed a newfound commitment to his physical conditioning, bringing on former professional cyclist Aldon Baker to oversee his training regimen. After contests in the early rounds from defending 250 Supercross Champion Jeremy McGrath, Carmichael established himself as the new leader of the class, winning 13 of 15 rounds along with the championship. He then continued his streak of outdoor titles as well, fending off challengers Sébastien Tortelli and Kevin Windham.

Carmichael moved to a new manufacturer, Honda, for the 2002 season. Despite a violent crash in round 1 of Supercross, he quickly rebounded and went on to win 11 of 16 rounds, as well his second 250 title over runner-up David Vuillemin. In the 2002 outdoor championship, Carmichael won an unprecedented 24 of 24 motos to take his third consecutive 250 outdoor title.

2003–2007[edit]

Carmichael in 2007
Carmichael receiving a Key to the City of Morgantown, West Virginia ("Moto-Town") 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.

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.

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.

X Games[edit]

Carmichael won the gold in Supercross at the X Games in 2007, won gold in Step Up in 2008, was jointly given the gold medal in the same event in 2009 with Ronnie Renner. In 2019, he won the bronze medal in Real Moto.

Stock car racing[edit]

Carmichael's No. 30 for Turner Motorsports in the Nationwide Series race at Road America in 2011
Carmichael's No. 4 for Turner Motorsports in the Truck Series race at Pocono in 2011

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.

Consulting[edit]

On July 19, 2021, Carmichael entered into a partnership with Triumph Motorcycles. Along with World Enduro champion Ivan Cervantes, they are tasked with helping develop the prototypes for the new line of off-road motorcycles by Triumph for use in motorcross and supercross.[2]

Sponsors[edit]

Current[edit]

Past[edit]

Other activities[edit]

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 with Leigh Diffey or Todd Harris, Daniel Blair, and Will Christien.

Awards[edit]

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[edit]

AMA Motocross / Supercross[edit]

Year Rnd
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 SX 6 19 - - - 4 14 19 4 - 18 6 11 12 7 19 11.58 - 16th
1999 MX 1 1 1 1 6 1 1 1 2 3 1 1 - - - - 1.66 92% 1st
2000 SX 8 4 10 3 2 4 10 3 1 3 19 5 3 4 8 5 5.63 38% 5th
2000 MX 1 3 11 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 - - - - 2.01 92% 1st
2001 SX 3 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.19 100% 1st
2001 MX 4 2 5 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 - - - - 1.75 83% 1st
2002 SX 20 4 4 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2.63 81% 1st
2002 MX 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 - - - - 1.00 100% 1st
2003 SX 2 4 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 1.75 94% 1st
2003 MX 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 - - - - - 1.18 100% 1st
2004 SX - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2004 MX 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 - - - - 1.00 100% 1st
2005 SX 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 1.75 100% 1st
2005 MX 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 - - - - 1.00 100% 1st
2006 SX 3 1 1 2 1 2 20 1 1 2 2 2 2 6 3 2 3.19 88% 1st
2006 MX 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 DNF - - - - 1.18 92% 1st
2007 SX 2 DNS DNS 2 1 DNS DNS DNS 2 1 2 2 DNS DNS DNS DNS - - 8th
2007 MX 1 1 1 1 1 DNS DNS DNS 1 DNS DNS DNS - - - - - - 6th
  • 1997 AMA 125cc/Lites Outdoor National Motocross Champion (Kawasaki)
  • 1998 AMA 125cc/Lites East Coast Supercross Champion (Kawasaki) - Perfect season: 8-0
  • 1998 AMA 125cc/Lites Basement/Underwater National Motocross Champion (Kawasaki)
  • 1999 AMA 125cc/Lites Outdoor National Motocross Champion (Kawasaki)
  • 2000 AMA Motocross Champion (Kawasaki)
  • 2001 AMA Supercross Champion (Kawasaki)
  • 2001 AMA Motocross Champion (Kawasaki)
  • 2002 AMA Supercross Champion (Honda)
  • 2002 AMA Motocross Champion (Honda) - Perfect season: 24-0
  • 2003 AMA Supercross Champion (Honda)
  • 2003 AMA Motocross Champion (Honda)
  • 2004 AMA Motocross Champion (Honda) - Perfect season: 24-0
  • 2005 AMA Supercross Champion (Suzuki)
  • 2005 AMA Motocross Champion (Suzuki)
  • 2006 AMA Supercross Champion (Suzuki)
  • 2006 AMA Motocross Champion (Suzuki)
Wins
  • 12 Wins in 125/250 AMA Supercross
  • 26 Wins in 125/250 AMA Motocross: 8 (1997), 8 (1998), 9 (1999), 1 (2001),
  • 48 Wins in 250/450 AMA Supercross: 1 (2000), 14 (2001), 11 (2002), 7 (2003), 7 (2005), 6 (2006), 2 (2007)
  • 76 Wins in 250/450 AMA Motocross: 9 (2000), 7 (2001), 12 (2002), 9 (2003), 12 (2004), 12 (2005), 9 (2006), 6 (2007)
  • 162 Wins in AMA SX/MX: 8 (1997), 8 (1998), 9 (1999), 10 (2000), 22 (2001), 23 (2002), 12 (2004), 19 (2005), 15 (2006), 8 (2007)

Other motocross / supercross[edit]

  • 2000 Motocross des Nations Champion (Team USA)
  • 2001 U.S. Open of Supercross Champion
  • 2005 FIM SX1 World Supercross Champion
  • 2005 Motocross des Nations Champion (Team USA)
  • 2005 U.S. Open of Supercross Champion
  • 2007 Motocross of Nations Champion (Team USA)

NASCAR[edit]

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

Nationwide Series[edit]

NASCAR Nationwide Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NNSC Pts Ref
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 84th 337 [4]
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 113th 01 [5]
34 PHO
15
HOM

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCWTC Pts Ref
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
22nd 1978 [6]
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
13th 2925 [7]
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
16th 675 [8]

Camping World East Series[edit]

NASCAR Camping World East Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 NCWEC Pts Ref
2008 Ken Schrader Racing 4 Chevy GRE
5
IOW
14
SBO
26
GLN
9
NHA
5
TMP
17
MCM
4
ADI
6
MFD
8
NHA
16
DOV
7
STA
10
6th 1745 [9]
Dodge LRP
12

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

(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
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 ARSC Pts Ref
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 139th 80 [10]
2009 DAY
21
SLM CAR
17
TAL KEN TOL POC MCH MFD IOW KEN BLN POC ISF CHI TOL DSF NJE SLM KAN CAR 85th 270 [11]
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 60th 375 [12]
2011 Chevy DAY
4
TAL SLM TOL NJE CHI POC MCH WIN BLN IOW IRP POC ISF MAD DSF SLM KAN TOL 88th 210 [13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame".
  2. ^ Ben Purvis (July 20, 2021). "Triumph Announces Motocross and Enduro Plans". Cycle World. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  3. ^ Ricky Carmichael at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America
  4. ^ "Ricky Carmichael – 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  5. ^ "Ricky Carmichael – 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  6. ^ "Ricky Carmichael – 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  7. ^ "Ricky Carmichael – 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  8. ^ "Ricky Carmichael – 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  9. ^ "Ricky Carmichael – 2008 NASCAR Camping World East Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  10. ^ "Ricky Carmichael – 2008 ARCA Re/Max Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  11. ^ "Ricky Carmichael – 2009 ARCA Re/Max Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  12. ^ "Ricky Carmichael – 2010 ARCA Racing Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  13. ^ "Ricky Carmichael – 2011 ARCA Racing Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 13, 2020.

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