Supercross racer Carl Schlacht was diagnosed with primary immune deficiency before his first birthday. Today, Carl is a ChamPIon.
With an appetite for speed and adventure, Carl began riding a 4-wheeler when he was only 3 years old. Before long, Carl transitioned from 4 wheels to 2, and began competing in local off-road motorcycle races.
In 2005, Carl achieved his dream of becoming a professional Supercross racer. Supercross is an extreme sport that consists of racing off-road motorcycles on man-made dirt tracks with steep jumps and obstacles. It is for professionals only and races are held exclusively in major stadiums and arenas.
Today, Carl is one of approximately 80 professionals who tour North America each January through May competing in front of tens of thousands of race fans who fill the large venues where these events take place.
To compete at a high-level, Carl practices daily, undergoes intensive training during the months leading up to the season, and repairs his motorcycle as needed. Carl does all of this while managing his primary immune deficiency (PI).
“Racing off-road motorcycles is definitely a tough, physical sport. I’ve been doing it my whole life. It’s what I love to do,” Carl said. “I hope to give kids and young adults with immune system disorders, like myself, the inspiration to be a champion, no matter which dreams they choose to follow.”
When he isn’t at the track, Carl enjoys staying active by spending time with his family and friends and teaching others how to ride.
- Appearances on: CBS, SPEED, MTV, FUEL, ESPN2, FOX
- Several races broadcast on international television, occasionally reaching fans in more than 180 countries around the world
- More than 60 AMA Supercross/Motocross Venues Raced
- ’05-’06 AMA Motocross top 40 (450)
- Traveled more than 300,000 miles (and counting) since turning pro
- 3 time Toronto Supercross Qualifier Champion
- ’11 Las Vegas AMA Supercross Heat Race Hole Shot
- ’09-’12 Fellowship of Christian Athletes Camp Instructor
- Motivational speaker to the primary immune deficiency community
- And many, many more