Ricky’s Big Announcement:
He’s Making the Move to NASCAR

We have heard talk about Ricky making a move to NASCAR for the past few years, and it looks like that time has finally come. At a press conference held this afternoon at the MGM Grand Garden Arena—site of this weekend’s U.S. Open—Ricky Carmichael made an announcement that he will join the MB2 Motorsports NASCAR team.

“It’s been a long process, and maybe some people thought it was just a bunch of stuff going around, said Carmichael about finalizing his NASCAR plans. “This is something that’s a dream of mine, a fantastic challenge, and I’m very optimistic going into it, he went on to say.

The MB2 team currently fields Sterling Martin and Joe Nemecheck in the Nextel Cup. In addition to Carmichael, they have also recently added Cup veteran Mark Martin to their line-up, who Kent Atherton, President of Ginn Sports Entertainment (Ginn Clubs and Resorts owns the MB2 Motorsports team), feels will make a good mentor for RC as he navigates his way through the challenging world of four-wheel racing.

Under a three-year contract with MB2 Motorsports, RC will start his NASCAR career in local late-model races, move on to the ARCA series, followed by Craftsman truck races, and then work his way up to the Busch or Nextel Cup series—a strategy common among rookie drivers. Ricky said his plan is to go full-time in NASCAR racing by 2008, with the immediate goal being to make it to the Nextel Cup Series.

Ricky—who said he is excited to be racing the U.S. Open this weekend—will still run a part-time schedule in next year’s Supercross and Outdoor National series, confirming; that he will run the Canadian Supercross rounds later this year, as well as Anaheim One, Phoenix, and San Francisco.

For more photos from today's press conference, click the link to the far right.