Redondo Beach, CA
March 6, 2016
Rydquist Racing Media Alert
CARL RYDQUIST KICKS OFF 2016 WORLD CHALLENGE SEASON WITH A PODIUM
Redondo Beach, CA (March 6, 2016) - Carl Rydquist and the CA Sport Nissan Team came to Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas with the #34 CA Sport Champion Spark Plugs Team Nissan 370Z Nismo ready to rock and hoping for a podium finish. Austin offered perfect weather conditions and large crowds of fans came out to enjoy the Pirelli World Challenge season opener. After the dust had settled, Carl Rydquist came home with a 3rd place podium from a truly nail-biting race 1 and a pole position for race 2.
"I almost can't believe it" says Carl. "I wanted and waited so long to get a shot to race in the Pirelli World Challenge and thanks to the amazing CA Sport Team Nissan and my crew guys from Road Race Engineering I found myself in a fierce three car battle for the Touring Car win. I ended up 2 seconds behind CA Sport regular driver Vesko Kozarov who ended up winning after 40 minutes of hard racing in the other team car [#3], and given this is my first race with the team and at the spectacular Circuit of the Americas that 3rd place pretty much feels like a win!"
Carl Rydquist set the fastest laptime of all drivers in race 1 which qualified him for the pole position for race 2. He set off in the lead from a standing start in front of Vesko Kozarov and second place finisher from race 1, Toby Grahovec, however after 11 laps of nail-biting action among the front-running cars he was forced to retire the car with an oil leak. Vesko Kozarov went onto claim 3rd behind Toby Grahovec and Nick Wittmer, adding to the tally of trophies for CA Sport Team Nissan.
"The second race began really well" adds Carl. "Toby and Nick's cars eventually showed a lot more pace than in race 1 though but another podium seemed to be within reach pretty far in to the race and it is a bummer to miss out on championship points so early in the season, but in total there were too many positives to be anything but grateful. I am really happy for the CA Sport Team Nissan to get such a great start of the season and I am excited for the future!"
CBS Sports will air the races on TV on Thu March 17 at 8PM ET, with re-air March 17 9PM ET and March 19 12.30 ET.
The livestream from the races is available for encore viewing at MotorTrend OnDemand.
Next up on the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car competition schedule is Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, ON co-headlining with the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series as part of the Victoria Day Speedfest, on May 19-22, 2016.
Next up on Carl Rydquist's competition schedule is a 3-hour twilight endurance race with the Prototype Development Groups' Factory Five Racing GTM at Willow Springs International Raceway, CA, on Friday night March 11th, 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 PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE
PWC is attractive with a CBS Sports TV package that reaches 58 million households and the league has a first-class internet livestream production that airs all races live on Motor-Trend for a global reach. The 2016 season marks the 27th consecutive year the Pirelli World Challenge has provided North Americanmotorsports fans and automotive enthusiasts with the most exciting sports car racing in the world.
» Exciting and fast-paced 40 - 50-minute sprint format, with no scheduled pit stops or driver changes. Sprint format
guarantees exceptional performance from each driver challenging them to give 100 percent from start to finish, providing fans with the intensity of a final lap, every lap of the race.
» A showcase of performance-enhanced and race-prepared cars.
» Spectacular and relative sports cars that fans proudly own or aspire to own.
» Combined fields in excess of 45 cars.
» World renowned auto manufacturers involved and invested in the Series include Acura, AMG/Mercedes, Aston
Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Dodge, Fiat, Ferrari, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Lamborghini,
Mazda, McLaren, Mini, Nissan, Porsche, VW.
» For 2016 the Series visits 11 of the premier road courses and street circuits in North America and participate
in large-scale events that go beyond the thrilling on-track race action to include drivers autograph sessions,
fan forums, pre-race show, high-end hospitality, vendor villages, manufacturer car corrals and much more.
» Unmatched sponsor and manufacturer alliance with 100% sponsorship renewal anticipated for
2016 with many multiyear agreements in place.