Chris Carr (motorcyclist)
Chris Carr is an American
United States
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A motorcycle is a single-track, two-wheeled motor vehicle. Motorcycles vary considerably depending on the task for which they are designed, such as long distance travel, navigating congested urban traffic, cruising, sport and racing, or off-road conditions.Motorcycles are one of the most...

Track racing
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 racer and seven-time winner of the A.M.A. Grand National Championship
A.M.A. Grand National Championship
The AMA Grand National Championship is an American motorcycle racing series. The race series, founded and sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association in 1954, originally encompassed five distinct forms of competitions including; mile dirt track races, half-mile, short-track, TT...

. He has also competed as a motorcycle road racer
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 at the national level and was a motorcycle land speed world record
Motorcycle land speed record
The motorcycle land speed record is the fastest speed achieved by a motorcycle on land. It is standardized as the speed over a course of fixed length, averaged over two runs in opposite directions. These are special or modified motorcycles, distinct from the fastest production motorcycles. The...


Racing career

Carr began his racing career as an amateur racer in 1983. He turned professional in 1985, finishing seventh in the Grand National Championship earning him the A.M.A.
American Motorcyclist Association
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 Rookie of the Year Award. Carr won his first Grand National in August 1986 at the Peoria TT and finished the season ranked fourth in the championship. He slowly climbed the points standing each year. In 1989, he became a member of the Harley Davidson factory racing team. After finishing second to his Harley Davidson teammate, Scott Parker
Scott Parker (motorcyclist)
Scott Parker is an American professional motorcycle dirt track racer.- Racing career :Parker is a nine-time winner of the A.M.A. Grand National Championship...

 in 1990 and 1991, he finally claimed the Grand National Championship in 1992. He ran the Grand National Series full-time until 1995 where he finished third while winning rookie of the year in the AMA Superbike
AMA Superbike
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 road racing
Road racing
Road racing is a general term for most forms of motor racing held on paved, purpose-built race tracks , as opposed to oval tracks and off-road racing...

 series. Carr left the dirt tracks to go road racing for two years (1996 and 1997).

Carr won the 1992, 1999, and 2001-2005 AMA Grand National Dirt Track (Flat Track) championships, the 2000 Formula USA Dirt Track Championship and the AMA 600cc Dirt Track championship seven times (1988–1993, and 1995).

Carr was in contention for the 2006 Grand National Championship at the final race at Scioto Downs
Scioto Downs
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 in Columbus, Ohio
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 before dropping out with mechanical problems. He ended the season tied for fourth in points behind chief rival Kenny Coolbeth
Kenny Coolbeth
Kenny Coolbeth is a flat track motorcycle racer from New Milford, Connecticut, United States. He won the 2006 A.M.A. Grand National Championship. He races in the #2 bike on the Harley-Davidson factory team. He attended Wamogo Regional High School...


Carr was inducted into the A.M.A. Motorcycle Hall of Fame
Motorcycle Hall of Fame
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 in 2004.

Land speed record

On September 5, 2006, Carr broke the motorcycle land speed world record at the Bonneville Salt Flats (Utah), with a two-pass 350.8 mph (562.6 km/h) average. He was the first motorcyclist to break the 350 mph barrier. Carr's fastest run was at 354 mph (567.8 km/h).

On September 28, 2008, Rocky Robinson broke Carr's record driving the Top 1 Oil Ack Attack streamliner. Carr regained the title on 24 September 2009 with a speed of 367.382 mph.(Pending FIM ratification). This was later topped by Rocky Robinson and the Top 1 Ack Attack team on Sept. 25, 2010. Robinson set a new record of 376.363 mph (kilo average)(Pending FIM ratification) and had an exit speed of 394 mph.

Educational activities

Carr is part owner of American Supercamp, a nationally renowned dirt track school taught on 80cc-230cc bikes.

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