Carmichael to Drive Monster Energy/KHI Chevy at Daytona

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. – Ricky Carmichael will drive the Monster Energy No. 33 Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) Chevrolet in Saturday’s season-opening Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Lucas Oil Slick Mist 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Carmichael, a 29-year-old resident of Clearwater, Fla., is slated to make his second career ARCA start for KHI after racing last season at Talladega, Ala.

In addition to the ARCA start, Carmichael and Monster Energy have teamed with KHI to race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) during the 2009 season. Carmichael, the most successful motocross racer in history, will drive the No. 4 Monster Energy Silverado for the KHI All-Star Team in at least 14 truck events.

In the history of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), no other rider has won as many championships (15) and races (150) as Carmichael, earning him the nickname the Greatest of All-Time (the GOAT). Carmichael was a record five-time AMA “Rider of the Year.”

“I’m not a stranger to Daytona,” explained Carmichael, who won five Supercross races at Daytona International Speedway during his two-wheeled career. “To have had so much success at this place means a lot to me. There are just places you love to go. I’m a native of Florida and it’s a really special and powerful feeling every time I come to Daytona.

“Because I ran the (ARCA) Talladega race for KHI last year, I feel like I have a good idea of what to expect at Daytona in the draft. Until we blew a tire (on lap 49), we ran in the top-five easily and it was almost like I was learning something new every lap. I think I can take what I learned last year and apply it to the race this weekend. The goal is not only to do well, but to gain more seat time and experience for my Truck Series debut the following week.”

The No. 33 KHI team is led by crew chief Billy Wilburn, a veteran of many years in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.

ARCA Experience:  Carmichael finished in the 30th position in his ARCA debut race last season at Talladega Superspeedway. The KHI driver ran easily among the top-five for the first 49 laps before a blown right-rear tire knocked the team out of competition.

DID YOU KNOW?   Carmichael won a record five Supercross races at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, more than any other rider in the history of the event.

Ricky Carmichael
ARCA Daytona 250

Car: No. 33 KHI Chevrolet

Monster Energy

Race Date: Saturday, Feb. 7

100 laps / 250 miles

Start: 4:00 pm ET


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Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI), established in 2001, is a 70,000 sq. ft. facility located in Kernersville, N.C. KHI houses two full-time Truck Series teams, including the 2007 series champions, the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado driven by three-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday and the No. 4 KHI All-Stars Chevrolet Silverado driven by Ricky Carmichael and a variety of NASCAR Sprint Cup stars. KHI is also home to the No. 33 Chevrolet Impala competing full-time in the Nationwide Series, with drivers Kevin Harvick (a two-time Nationwide Series champion), Hornaday and Cale Gale. The 2009 season marks KHI’s sixth year of full-time competition in NASCAR’s elite divisions. Visit for more information.