ABOUT CARL

CARL RYDQUIST

SAG-AFTRA, FIA INTL B, SCCA PRO, NASA PRO

CARL RYDQUIST [SWE]

Residence: Redondo Beach, CA

Hometown: Goteborg, Sweden

Edu: M.Sc. Mech. Engineering (CHALMERS)

Hobbies: Running, field hockey, gocarting, music, film

 

Carl's breakthrough came in 2001 when he in a spectacular display of raw driving talent beat 1100 amateur and professional racedrivers in the Eurosport Super Racing Weekend gocart challenge. Standing 6'3" tall with a 200 lbs frame Rydquist still advanced in every elimination heat by lapping quicker than a dozen of top European pro racedrivers, lightweight gocart aces and over 1000 other car enthusiasts and challengers, until he received a big trophy handed to him personally by Peter Dumbreck (DTM, Le Mans). Shortly after, Carl received an invite to test for a pro team and he earned his first championship ride (Apex Porsche). He won the GT class with the team that year. Since then Carl has raced 200+ hours in Porsche racecars.

 

Since 2004 Carl has frequently been hired to drive in car commercials and in 2010 he became a member of Performance Two stunt driving group and he got the coveted Screen Actors Guild membership as a SAG professional stunt driver.

Carl was an expert co-host on TV 02-04.

 

In 2008, Carl proposed to his girlfriend over the team radio while he was racing a Porsche 911 GT3 RS in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. She said 'Yes'!

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS [Inquire for full stunt and race driving resume]

Champion SWE Endurance 3h Championship, GT (2004, MV Porsche 993 RSR)

Champion SWE Endurance 8/12h Championship, GT (2001, Apex Porsche 964 RS)

Champion Sports Car Club of Gothenburg, Sprint/Hill/Solo (2000, Lotus Super 7)

Champion Redline Time Attack Championship, Mod RWD (2010, CTO Nissan 350Z)

First Runner-Up SWE End. 3h Championship, GT ('05, MV Porsche 996 GT3 Cup)

First Runner-Up NASA Endurance Racing Series ('16, Prototype Dev Group FFR GTM)

Winner Zandvoort 500 (2005, Levin Porsche 996 GT3 RS)

Winner Eurosport Super Racing Weekend Challenge (2001, gocarts)

Winner United States Touring Car Championship GT Rd1 2017 (PDG4 FFR GTM)

Winner NASA Endurance Racing Championship Rd1&2 '16, Rd2 '17 (PDG4 FFR GTM)

Winner Global Time Attack, Lim RWD + Street RWD (2012, Berk BMW 135i)

Winner Super Lap Battle, Lim RWD (2011, Berk BMW 135i)

Winner Eurotuner Grand Prix Shootout (2011, Berk BMW 135i)

First runner-up 24 Hours of Barcelona, 997 ('11, Steam Porsche 997 GT3 Cup)

First runner-up PTCC Auto Club Speedway (2011, City Tire Online Nissan 350Z)

Podium in Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car (2016, CA SPORT Nissan 370Z Nismo)

Podium in Swedish Junior Touring Car Cup (2002, MH spec series Volvo S40)

Podium in Scandinavian Sports Racing Car Challenge (2003, Radical)

Podium in Swedish Endurance Racing Cup (2001, Ravila BMW 320i)

Top 10 in 24H Nurburgring (2006, Levin Porsche 996 GT3, 9th in class)

Top 10 in 25H Thunderhill (2015. CA Sport Nissan 370Z Nismo, 5th in class)

5 x 24 Hours of Nürburgring (2006-2009, '11 Porsche 996/997 GT3 Cup/RS)

 

Misc

Stunt driver SAG-AFTRA in numerous commercials (2012 reel)

Formula Drift 2009, 2013-2014, podium in Pro2 (2014, RRE Nissan 350Z)

24H Essen Daytona Kartbahn 2011

Stockholm Motorsport Games 2006

FIA cert. racing instructor ('02-) for drivers in WTCC, ALMS, World Challenge, VLN

OEM test driver/engineer ('04-present)

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