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CHRIS CARR


Hall of Fame Inductee - 2007


Chris Carr began racing six days after his sixth birthday. He started out at a TT race at Lodi Cycle Bowl in Lodi, California, which became his home track over the years.


Chris learned his first lesson in racing that day - you never give up. “I had crashed in the race, and I got mad and upset, and I cried, but it got even worse when I found out that had I just tried to finish the race, I would have gotten a trophy . . . even at a young age, you can learn to fight for every point. I live that credo today. I don't just give up . . . It's something that's important for young kids to know. You go out there and you race as hard as you can and you get everything that you can in the end.”


A dirt track novice in 1983, he turned pro in 1985, earned rookie of the year honors, and ran the Grand National Series full-time until 1995, his first full season of road racing. He knew he'd arrived in pro racing with his first Grand National victory at the age of 19.


Chris rode for the Harley-Davidson factory for many years. In 1995 he signed with Harley-Davidson to compete in AMA Superbike. He earned AMA Superbike Rookie of the Year and won three Grand National Dirt Track events. In 1996 he earned Harley-Davidson its first and only AMA Superbike pole at Pomona.


In 2005 Chris Carr captured his seventh Grand National dirt track title, his fifth in a row, adding four more wins to his total of 72.


In 2006, he set a new FIM World Speed Record at the Bonneville Salt Flats, clocking an amazing 354 mph, with a two-way average of 350.884, making him the fastest man in the world on two-wheels.


Off-track activities for “the fastest man in the world on two-wheels” include playing "too much golf," reading books and spending time with wife Pam and sons Cale and Cameron. He is part owner of American Supercamp, a nationally reknowned dirt track school taught on 100cc bikes.

 

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