Redondo Beach, CA
March 13, 2016
Rydquist Racing Media Alert
RYDQUIST SWEEPS 2016 NASA ENDURANCE RACING OPENER FROM POLE TO WIN
Redondo Beach, CA (March 13, 2016) - Just back in Calfornia from a podium finish and fastest race lap in the Pirelli World Challenge at Circuit of the Americas in Texas, Carl Rydquist kept the momentum going in the National Auto Sport Association Endurance Racing season opener at the fast and challenging Willow Springs International Raceway. He put the Prototype Development Group's #4 Factory Five Racing GTM supercar firmly on pole position during Friday's wet qualifying session, and then went onto take the overall win in the 3 hour long twilight endurance race in a field of 20 cars.
"As usual, Willow Springs International Raceway offered some kind of extreme weather and the first challenge was to decide whether to start the race on slicks or rain tires" says Carl. "We did the math and risk assessment and opted to start on rain tires despite a dry track, expecting rain to come back soon after the start. Just as we were beginning to worry that our plan would backfire and the rain tires started to overheat raindrops began to fall and the race came into our hands big-time. Our main competitors that had started on slicks [dry weather tires] had to pit for rain tires and I pushed like crazy in the rain to open up the biggest gap possible to give room for more weather changes and potential unplanned pitstops for switching between rain tires and slicks."
Rydquist had a big lead when the rain eventually stopped approximately one hour into the race. The team decided unanimously to keep going on the rain tires with expectations of another rain shower before the end of the race, but the skies remained dry and when a bright moon lit up the landscape and the rain tires finally overheated and gave in, the Prototype Development Group crew were forced to an earlier than planned pitstop for dry racing slicks. The race then turned into a full on night-time sprintrace. Rydquist set the fastest lap of the race in the process of regaining the lead and after TruSpeed's Porsche and Coldcock Whiskey Racing's Supertruck both pitted with problems Carl opened up enough of a margin to the two BMWs of Strom Motorsports to allow a final splash-and-dash pitstop for fuel with 20 minutes to go.
"That race was almost too exciting but the Prototype Development Group crew did a great job on all accounts" adds Carl. "Perfect pitstops at night is not easy and spotting for 3 hours in such inclement conditions is a really tough job, but the PDG team had my back the entire race. This was a true team win and I am so thankful to the team owners Richard and Yvonne Migliori for the opportunity. I couldn't be happier with how dedicated this team is! The FFR GTM ran flawlessly for the entire race and the grip from the Hankook racing slicks was stunning and offered a real physical challenge in the high speed turns of Willow Springs International Raceway, what a blast it was to drive. I learned a lot and I'm already counting down the days until the next race."
Next up on Carl Rydquist's competition schedule is another NASA Racing 3-hour twilight endurance race with the Prototype Development Groups' Factory Five Racing GTM which will take place at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, CA, on Saturday night April 16th, 2016.
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ABOUT CARL RYDQUIST
Carl Rydquist (born 1977 in Goteborg) is a Swedish racing driver and a SAG-AFTRA licensed stunt and precision driver who has won many auto races, the most famous to date the Zandvoort 500. In Rydquist's auto racing career, he currently has a victory in one out of four races and podium finishes in two out of three Touring and GT car endurance and sprint races.
Rydquist won the Zandvoort 500 during the 2005 Dutch Winter Championship making him the first of only three Swedish drivers to ever win this race, following three successful seasons in the Swedish Endurance Racing Cup which earned him two GT-class titles (2001, 2004). This was the starting point of his international career in Europe and the USA.
ABOUT NASA PRO RACING
National Auto Sport Association is a business dedicated to organizing and promoting racing activities for both the aspiring or accomplished racer. The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) was formed in 1991 to deliver high quality motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the nation.
NASA has created programs that allow owners of both racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full performance capabilities of their cars in a safe and controlled environment. NASA offers many different programs that will allow you to enjoy motorsports on a number of different levels, including our High Performance Driving Events (HPDE), Rally Sport, Time Trial, NASA-X and Competition Racing programs.
» NASA is the sanctioning body for the longest endurance car race in the world, the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, which is a premiere sportscar racing event that attracts international drivers from all over the world and sees in excess of 70 starting racecars annually.