Monster Energy To Sponsor Ricky Carmichael in the Truck Series

Horn FanSenior Writer IJanuary 21, 2009

Kevin Harvick, Inc. has announced that Monster Energy will be Ricky Carmichael's primary sponsor for 14 races in the Camping World Truck Series.

He also will drive in the Daytona ARCA race for KHI and Monster will sponsor him.

They also have changed to the No. 4, which will assume the ninth place points off of the No. 2 from 2008 and Billy Wilburn will be his crew chief.

Carmichael raced his entire motocross career with the No. 4, hence the number change and Monster has sponsored him since 2005.

He is the most successful motocross racer in history, winning 150 races and won 15 American Motorcyclist Association Championships.

"It's really an honor to bring them into the truck series with me and KHI", he said. "This is an opportunity I'm really excited about. I think this is my best shot to learn and the best chance to become a successful NASACAR driver. I'm going to give 110 percent to make it worth while for myself and the entire team". (

Harvick has always admired, Carmichael's determination and drive he's shown during his motocross career.

"I believe he will put the same effort toward his stock-car career", Harvick said. "He knows how to race and he takes care of his equipment. Every time I've seen him race, he has shown great promise". (

Carmichael in 2008, drove for Ken Schrader Racing in the Camping World East Series. He finished sixth in the final points as a rookie, in 13 races compiled: one pole, three top-fives, and eight top-10 finishes.

He also drove a KHI car in the ARCA for the fall race weekend at Talladega, had a fifth place when a blown rear tire took him out of the race.

I'm actually excited about Ricky racing in trucks, like the move made by KHI on this and always loved watching him in motocross. He'll learn a bunch from his Happy, Billy, Ren and Horn, plus he'll be another great personality for NASCAR to have in it's ranks.

The driver line-up for the ten races, Carmichael isn't driving has yet to be announced, but Happy will be driving at Phoenix with the Longhorn brand on board.

Here's Carmichael's truck schedule in the No. 4:

Daytona International Speedway (Feb. 13)

Auto Club Speedway in California (Feb. 21)

Kansas Speedway (April 25)

Texas Motor Speedway (June 5)

The Milwaukee Mile (June 19)

Memphis Motorsports Park (June 27)

Kentucky Speedway (July 18)

Indianapolis Raceway Park (July 24)

Nashville Superspeedway (Aug. 1)

Chicagoland Speedway (Aug. 29)

Iowa Speedway (Sept. 5)

Gateway International Raceway (Sept. 12)

Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Sept. 26)

Talladega Superspeedway (Oct. 31)