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Ricky Carmichael to drive for MB2 in 2007

One of the greatest supercross/motocross riders in the world will go from two wheels to four starting in 2007: MB2 Motorsports announced Thursday that Ricky Carmichael will join the Bobby Ginn-owned organization in a developmental program. He...

One of the greatest supercross/motocross riders in the world will go from two wheels to four starting in 2007: MB2 Motorsports announced Thursday that Ricky Carmichael will join the Bobby Ginn-owned organization in a developmental program.

He will run 15 events in late model stock cars as well as running ARCA and the Craftsman Truck Series. The plan is to step Carmichael up to Busch and a partial Nextel Cup schedule in 2008.

"To race in NASCAR has always been a dream of mine," said Carmichael. "This is a new challenge and I have no illusions that the transition will be easy. I truly understand the difficulties that are ahead. But I am committed t do whatever it takes to eventually run in the Cup series."

Carmichael, the 26-year-old Florida native, began racing in the American Motorcyclist Association series full time in 1997. He is a 15-time AMA champion, and notched his fifth AMA Supercross Series title this year in May.

The hot-shoe on a bike has 46 wins in Supercross placing him second on the all-time series win list. In the Motocross Series, he now owns seven 250cc titles, along with three in the 125cc class (now called Lites).

The only downside in 2006 for Carmichael was an injury late in the season, which kept the Team USA captain from competing in the Motocross of Nations event in Winchester, England.

He will also continue to run AMA Pro Racing's Supercross and Motocross racing for Team Makita Suzuki Racing but with an abbreviated schedule.

"I am excited about joining MB2," said Carmichael. "After talking to Bobby (Ginn) it was evident to me that this is an organization with a strong commitment t compete at an elite level. It's a good fit and I can't wait to get started."

It's another feather in the cap of MB2 who signed Mark Martin to a partial Cup schedule last week to add to their stable of Joe Nemechek and Sterling Marlin.

"There were other teams showing interest in Ricky and we are thrilled that he decided to join MB2," said Ginn. "He brings MB2 many intangible qualities which have made him on of the greatest champions in all of motorsports."

Carmichael is competing in the Rock Star Energy Drink US Open Supercross event in Las Vegas this weekend.

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Series AMA , ARCA , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Joe Nemechek , Sterling Marlin , Ricky Carmichael , Mark Martin