Inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
Marv Carmanís auto racing career started in the nineteen-sixties when he
and Harold Reynolds owned a race car, with Reynolds driving it. Carman then
began driving, but had limited success until he got his first break when he
began driving Ed Worsterís sportsman class car which was a first-class ride.
With Charles Rhodes turning the wrenches, they did very well together
winning both the Butler and Manchester season point championships in 1970.
The next year, they added fuel injection and some other goodies with the
result that they won the season point championships at both Avilla and
Angola in Indiana.
Tri-Sac was formed in 1972 consisting of super modifieds and sprint cars
with wings. Marv Carman was its first president and in Worsterís car with
Rhodes as his crew chief they won the first Tri-Sac point championship.
The following year Marv started driving for Harry Stickney and they won four
races in a row (South Bend, Hartford, Kalamazoo, and Berlin).
Max Dowker put Marv into his slick roadster in 1974 and they began
traveling, going as far as New York. Carman was red hot that season. The
team of Dowker, Carman and Rhodes won the Cavalcade in Sandusky, Ohio and
the Winchester Snowball 50 in Indiana. En route Carman won his second
In 1975 they won the twin 50ís at Winchester running with USAC and set a new
worldís record in time trials at 16.036. He also set a record at Birmingham,
Alabama. Carman went on to claim the USAC Rookie of the Year. At the end of
the year they won the Snowball at Winchester a second time.
In 1976 they continued racing in USAC and set another record at Winchester,
breaking his old record. They also set a new record at the Indianapolis
In 1977 Carman became chauffeur for Lyle Roberts. One pleasant experience
that year had Marv Carman had winning a USAC Silver Crown race at the
Minnesota State Fairgrounds and was interviewed by Chris Economaki.
Between 1981 and 1986 Carman ran for Cal Smith. Their highlights included
winning the prestigious Little 500 twice (1982 and 1983). They also ran with
USAC and the World of Outlaws, plus numerous open competition events.
When Marv decided to hang up his racing helmet, he became the mechanic on
various super modified and sprint car teams. During his driving career Marv
drove at fifty-four different race tracks.
Then in 1996 he became a car owner again when he bought a sprint car. Mike
Ling won four straight races in Marvís fleet Sprint Car in 2001. Two years
later Jason Blonde won the Auto Value Sprints season championship in
Carmanís car. Carman continues as a successful car owner as Mike Ling won a
Berlin Raceway feature in Marvís sprint car in 2010.
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