Carr On A Honda

Paul Carruthers | January 13, 2009

The following is from AMA Pro Racing…

Being a 7-Time AMA Pro Grand National Champion can bring a lot of pressure to a rider. One rider that clearly can handle what it takes to be a multi-time Champion is Chris Carr from Fleetwood, Pennsylvania.

The Flat Track Superstar enters his 25th season on the AMA Pro Grand National Series in the season opener at the Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach, Fla. on March 4th during the prestigious Daytona Bike Week activities. Daytona is the only back-to-back Short Track National on the Series.

Being a veteran rider with 78 wins on the series, Carr can speculate what to anticipate. “The Daytona Short track can certainly be one of the wildest and most unpredictable races on the series,” said Carr. “Everyone can throw out their notes from previous years since we are going to production based high-performance 450cc motorcycles this year. I’m switching to Honda this year in my singles program so we have the best shot at winning Daytona and anther Championship.”

DFW Honda located in Grapevine, Texas will provide two 2009 CRF450cc Honda motorcycles along with support to insure Carr is competitive throughout the season. “DFW Honda has a long history of supporting all aspects of motorcyle racing over the years and we look forward to providing the support needed for Chris to carry another number one plate.” says Mark Lamb, owner of DFW Honda.

“Kenny Tolbert (crew chief) picked up the bikes earlier this week and told me he is very impressed in the technology of the Honda,” Carr added. “Talking with Kenny has me pumped up.”

Chris Carr Racing will continue to be a part of the Lancaster Harley-Davidson racing family in a major effort to win the AMA Grand National Twins Championship. Lancaster Harley-Davidson has been part of Flat Track racing for over 50 years and supported Chris Carr racing for the past 8 seasons. As a privately-funded team, Chris Carr Racing knows unseating the only factory team in Flat Track will be a formidable challenge.

FORT WORTH, Texas (January 9, 2009) – Race announcing veterans Barry Boone and Scottie Duebler have been named as the official voices of the AMA Pro Grand National Flat Track Series.

“Our goal is to provide our fans, promoters, sponsor and teams a professional and well orchestrated event from opening ceremonies, calling of the races to victory ceremonies,” said AMA Pro Flat Track Director, Mike Kidd. “Barry and Scottie will provide the style, delivery, accuracy and enthusiasm for the most entertaining side-by-side racing in the country.”

Scottie Duebler – Started riding motorcycles at 5 years old, raced his way through the amateur ranks, turned professional flattrack racer earning national number 43 in 2000. In 2003 Duebler hung up the steal shoe and started announcing Monster Jams for what was Clear Channel Motorsports. Then in 2006-2007 was the “Voice” of Live I Sports, doing webcasts of the AMA Grand Nationals. Duebler’s biggest passion is flat track motorcycle racing and has enjoyed announcing amateur and professional racing throughout the country. “This is a great opportunity. As a former rider I want to share with the crowd the pressure, anxiety and success the riders feel,” said Duebler. “I have worked with Barry in the past and feel we can bring the excitement of flat track racing to it’s full potential.”

Barry Boone – As a third generation motorcyclist, Boone has an extensive motorcycle background of racing, restoring, collecting and riding motorcycles. In 2007, Boone began working with the IMDA announcing the famed Springfield Mile, TT and Short Track events. “Having the opportunity to announce the entire ’09 AMA Pro Racing Grand National Series is a dream come true,” Boone said. “Announcers are simply a race fan with a mircrophone.” Following his success at Springfield, other promoters around the country began using Boone’s announcing skills including last season including the highly successful Indy Mile during the Red Bull MotoGP weekend.

Paul Carruthers | Editor

Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.