Carr Will Race in PACE Series

Henny Ray Abrams | May 2, 2000
Chris Carr, one of the most prolific dirt track racers in American history with 42 national championship victories, has announced his plans to contest the 2000 National Dirt Track Series,” according to a press release from PACE Motor Sports.

Carr, a native Californian who currently resides with his wife, Pam, and two sons in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, is a two-time and defending champion in the U.S. Flat Track Championship Series.

Carr began his Pro career in 1985 and earned Rookie of the Year honors that first season. His first National Championship win came the following year. Having competed in dirt track championship programs for 13 seasons, he has never finished outside the top-ten in the final point standings. In addition to his two championships, Carr has been runner-up six times.

Carr’s participation in the series became a reality when PACE Motor Sports (promoter of the Formula USA-sanctioned National Dirt Track Series) stepped in to help develop a new sponsorship package for the talented rider. In addition to Carr’s existing sponsors, including long-time supporter Harley-Davidson of Sacramento, Carr’s team this year will also receive support from series sponsor with his team officially named of Sacramento Racing.

“The participation between Chris Carr, his team, and PACE Motor Sports has created a NASCAR-type relationship in securing a sponsorship for Chris’ team and,” PACE CEO Gary Becker commented. “This three-party venture should lay the ground work for future team-event related deals that can benefit race teams and riders, and at the same time, increase the exposure and publicity for dirt track racing to the American public far beyond anything it has seen in the past.”

Carr is equally appreciative to see PACE Motor Sports involved in the sport.

“PACE entering dirt track racing is a great thing,” he noted. “I’ve seen their success in promoting Supercross for the past 20 years and with their proven track record in motorcycle racing the future looks real good for dirt track.”

Carr is planning to run a Harley XR750 at most events. The series format allows a variety of machines to compete and Carr recognizes that the mix of single- and twin-cylinder machines will add a challenge.

“With different bikes out there, we’re all going to be on a learning curve,” he added. “When you’re going into the turn, you’re going to have to figure out whether you can dive inside the bike in front of you and grab another position or wait and try to draft them on the straight. I think it is going to add another level of excitement for race fans.”

Henny Ray Abrams | Contributing Editor

Abrams is the longest-serving contributor at Cycle News. Over the course of his 35-some years of writing and shooting photos, he’s covered events from MotoGP to the Motocross World Championship - and everything in between.