Carey Hart (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Carey Jason Phillip Hart (born July 17, 1975) is a retired freestyle motocross, motorcycle racer and current off-road truck racer. He is known for the first attempted back flip on a 250cc motorcycle in competition and for his company Hart & Huntington Tattoo & Clothing Company. He and singer Pink have been married since 2006.
Carey Hart was given his first motorcycle by his father aged 4 in hope of creating a father son pastime. Riding quickly became Carey's passion and he began competing in races at 6 years old in 1981, turning professional and competing in the AMA supercross circuit when he was 18 in 1993. Two years before turning pro, Carey had sustained two broken femurs, broken Tibia & Fibula as well as fractured wrists, After he was blind sided by a tractor working on the track he was riding on, smashing straight into the vehicle. Carey was among the first riders to begin competing in freestyle motocross in 1996. Carey was the first rider to publicly perform BMX trick the "superman seat grab" at IFMA events in 1998-99. He was also the first person to perform the "invert superman" seat grab at the 1999 Gravity Games in Providence, Rhode Island. This trick is now known as the "Hart Attack". In 1999 Carey took home the ?Bronze medal at the Summer Gravity Games and Gold at the Australian X Games.
During the 2000 Gravity Games in Providence, Rhode Island, Carey attempted the first back flip on a 250cc Motocycle in competition, Hart is credited with the first "attempt" of a backflip as he over-rotated his flip and suffered a hard landing displacing him off the seat. 2000 saw Carey win several FMX competitions and honours including the Silver at the Las Vegas LXD Freeride MotoX and Toyota's Trick of the Week.
At the 2001 X-Games in Philadelphia, Carey attempted the backflip again for the best trick competition but suffered a bad crash coming off his bike at the beginning of the rotation. His injuries included several broken bones and ribs along with a bruised a tailbone. It was here he met his future wife, singer Pink. In 2002 Carey again picked up the ?Gold medal at the Australian X-Games as well as gaining the Silver medal in the MotoX Best Trick at the Summer X Games in Los Angeles. The same year Carey participated in the Tony Hawk's Boom Boom HuckJam Tour.
?At the 2003 X-Games in Los Angeles, Carey successfully completed the backflip in the best trick competition picking up the Silver medal behind Mike Metzger who landed a no footed backflip. The same year Carey participated in Gumball 3000, an annual British 3,000-mile (4,800 km) international road rally which takes place on public roads, 2003's route was from San Francisco to Miami, He is also featured in the film Gumball 3000; The Movie. The biographical documentary "Goodtimes With Carey Hart" was also released in 2003. Carey again participated in the Tony Hawk's Boom Boom HuckJam tour but was seriously injured on the first night, having to bail into the scaffolding to avoid hitting a skater after the mistiming of their jumps. Carey broke both his arms and legs aswell as suffering severe blood clotting during surgery, The crash took him out of competition for 3 years.
In 2004, Carey and John Huntington opened Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company in Las Vegas. The A&E network followed Carey and the workings of the shop on the reality show Inked. Hart and Hungtington Tattoo Company also launched a clothing line based on the designs of the artists at the store. With H&H's expansion the clothing line is now based on the tattoo/action sports lifestyle and culture. Soon after the opening of the Las Vegas store John Huntington sold his 48 percent ownership back to Carey. In 2006 Huntington filed a lawsuit against Carey, alleging he owed large amounts of money for his trademark and likeness. Hart reportedly hired high-profile Las Vegas attorney Gene Porter to resolve the case through a mediation settlement, which was in turn successful.
In 2005 Carey was the host for ABC's Live's X Games FMX coverage and was a cast member on the fifth season of the VH1 reality show The Surreal Life. In 2006 two Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company stores opened in Hawaii and Cabo. Carey again took part in Gumball 3000 which saw the drivers race from London to Los Angeles.
In 2007 Carey formed his first Supercross team to create the H&H/Rockstar moto team which included him as a team rider, Hart finished 12th in 2007 AMA Supermoto Series.? Kenny Watson has been team manager from the beginning. In 2011, Carey welcomed a new title sponsor Dodge Motorsports who entered the Supercross space for the first time. It was also in 2007 that the Hart & Huntington Orlando store was opened in Universal CityWalk.
In July 2008 Carey teamed up with Cory McCormack, Jason Giambi, Benji Madden and Joel Madden to create Las Vegas nightclub "Wasted Space". The club was designed by Hart, McCormack and Zeff Design. Wasted Space was voted Best New Bar in Vegas 2008. Also in 2008 Carey released "Inked: The book" which covered individuals stories behind their tattoos, including Carey's own story and his father's Tom Hart. In late 2008 Hart & Huntington's Cabo store was closed.
In 2009, Carey teamed up with Premiere MotorSports Group (PMG) to launch the Hart and Huntington Off-Road team which is a Short Course Truck Team lead by Ryan Busnardo, Nick Kilian and Scot Demmer. Carey became attracted to the sport previously from being a fan of CORR (Championship Off-Road Racing Series) which ended in 2008. Hart and Huntington Off-Road secured over 40 podium finishes. Carey competed in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series driving for the Team in the Unlimited 2 category (known in the past as a PRO 2), finishing 6th in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and was nominated "Rookie of the Year" in LOORR Series.
In April 2009 H&H moved to a bigger store inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and created the Hart & Huntington Freestyle tour which toured along side Pink's arena tour in Australia. In 2010 Hart & Huntington opened a store in Niagara Falls, Canada. In August of the same year, Wasted Space closed to make way for the Hard Rock's new race and sports book. In 2011 Carey was awarded the 1st R.A.D. Lifetime achievement award. and hosted of MTV2"s "Burn Out" series. In 2011 H&H Hawaii closed.
?"??Prior to the 2012 X Games Carey announced his participation of the Moto X Speed & Style event would be his last competition. Carey got to the Quater-Finals but was eliminated by Edgar Torronteras.
?For 2013 Carey announced the joining forces of Hart"s Dodge/Sycuan Casino Racing team with Ricky Carmichael and factory support from Suzuki and Yoshimura research and development forming 'RCH Racing'.
During Carey's career he has been featured in nationwide ad campaigns for Ford, Dunkin' Donuts, Fox, DVS and Mountain Dew as well as in such print publications as Paper Magazine, Teen People, ESPN The Magazine, Rolling Stone, Prick and, Skinnie, and has been on the covers of numerous Motocross & tattoo magazines.
Carey has made cameos in several music videos, Including Kid Rock's video "Bawitdaba" jumping the trailer park, ?He has appeared in Pink's "Just Like A Pill", "So What" and "Raise Your Glass" Videos. On the 2000 Australian Warped Tour he played bass with the band Pennywise.
Carey has also appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, Inked, MTVs Life Of Ryan, Rove Live (Australia), appeared on The Today Show, was a guest in Talkin' 'bout Your Generation and has starred in several films including ESPN/Touchstone Pictures" IMAX film, Ultimate X, Terrafirma 5, Frenzno Smooth, Flipped Out, Crush: A Transworld Motocross Film, Seth II and several of the "Crusty Demons" series. He also has had cameo appearances in xXx and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.
Carey was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. His parents divorced when he was very young, he and his younger brother Anthony Hart were raised by their father, Tom Hart a construction company owner. He is the oldest of 3 siblings.
Carey began dating singer Pink after meeting her in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the 2001 X Games. After four years of dating, Pink proposed to Carey in June 2005 via a pit board during one of his races in Mammoth Lakes, California. She was holding a sign initially saying "Will you marry me?", At first he ignored her and completed another lap of the race, it was only when she changed the sign and held it up again with it now saying, "I'm serious!", did Carey pull out of the race to pick Pink up. They married at the Four Seasons resort in Costa Rica on January 7, 2006.
In 2008 after months of speculation, The couple announced in February 2008 that they had separated. During their separation, Carey was supported by his estranged wife Pink after his brother's death due to injuries sustained in a motocross competition in August 2008. After Tony's death, The Hart family formed the XTRM Hart Foundation for a brief fundraising effort in his memory. The Foundation's aim was to increase the awareness around motocross safety and raise money to purchase airfences to use during supermoto races. Red and black wristbands were created to symbolize The Hart Foundation and given to those who donated to the Fund.
In March 2009, Carey stated he and Pink were "dating". He also said the couple was attempting to work things out, stating, "Sometimes you have to take a couple of steps back to move forward". In April 2009, Pink stated that the couple had gone to marriage counseling and were back together - they were never divorced.
In November 2010 Carey & Pink announced they are expecting their first child together and on June 2 2011 their daughter Willow Sage Hart was born. The couple released photographs of their daughter via People Magazine. The money paid to the Harts was donated to children's charities among them was the Ronald McDonald House and Autism Speaks.
Career History & Achievements
2012 Reached Quater Finals X Games XVIII, Speed and Style
2011 Riders Above Dirt R.A.D. Lifetime Achievement Award
2011 4th X Games XVII, Speed and Style
2011 Celebrity Dodge Viper Challenge
2010 18th Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Unlimited 2
2009 6th in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Unlimited 2
2009 Nominated Rookie of the Year in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series
2009 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Team of the Year
2009 19th X Games XV, Supermoto
2008 17th X Games XIV, Supermoto
2007 12th AMA Supermoto Series
2007 15th X Games XIII, Supermoto
2007 10th AMA Supermoto, Galveston, Texas
2003 Participated Gumball 3000
2006 14th X Games XII, Supermoto
2006 21st AMA Supermoto Series
2003 Participated Gumball 3000
2002 X Games VIII, Best Trick
2002 Australian X Games
2001 Salt Lake LXD Freeride MotoX, Big Air
2001 7th Salt Lake LXD Freeride MotoX, FreeStyle
2001 15th X GamesVII, Best Trick
2000 First Ever Backflip Attempt on a 250cc Bike
2000 10th Gravity Games, FreeStyle
2000 Mountain Dew Trick of the Week
2000 Toyota Trick of the Week
2000 5th Los Angeles LXD FreeRide MotoX
2000 5th Irwindale LXD Freeride MotoX
2000 Las Vegas LXD Freeride MotoX
2000 10th World FreeRide Rankings
1999 First Performed invert superman aka The Hart Attack
1999 4th San Francisco Vans Triple Crown FreeStyle