Before making his debut in the Camping World Truck Series in 2009, Ricky Carmichael was famous for his exploits on two wheels. Here are some fast facts on the driver of the #4 Monster Energy Chevrolet Silverado fielded by Turner Motorsports known to motocross competitors as “The GOAT.”
- Carmichael was born November 27th, 1979 in Clearwater, Florida. He began racing professionally in 1996, winning the AMA Motocross Rookie of the Year title. During his pro motocross career, Carmichael amassed 15 championships (10 in motocross and five in supercross), 150 career wins (102 motocross and 48 supercross), two perfect seasons (1998 – 125cc, 8-0 record and 2002 – Outdoor National Motocross, 24-0 record) and five AMA Rider of the Year Awards. He also won three gold medals at the X Games – two in MotoX Step-up and one in MotoX.
- His nickname, “The GOAT,” is an acronym for “The Greatest of All Time.”
- Carmichael signed a driver development deal with Ginn Racing, which later merged with Dale Earnhardt Inc., in 2007. He broke into the stock car ranks in the FASCAR Series in Florida that year, then moved up to the NASCAR Camping World Pro Series East (now the K&N Series) in 2008 with Ken Schrader Racing; he was named the series’ most popular driver that year. In 2009 he moved up yet again, this time to the Camping World Truck Series with Kevin Harvick Inc; he was also voted most popular driver in that series.
- In 2010, Carmichael moved to Turner Motorsports in the Truck Series, also competing in the Nationwide and ARCA Racing Series; he continued with this plan in 2011, getting a top five finish at the ARCA race in Daytona in February.
- Find out more about Ricky Carmichael at http://www.rickycarmichael.com/.