Carl Rydquist

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Carl Rydquist
HOMETOWN: Redondo Beach, CA
AGE: 40






Pirelli World Challenge TC 34 CA Sport Nissan 370Z

CA Sport
Nissan 370Z

Personal Information

Carl is married to his wife Jennifer, with whom he has a 6-month-old, Max. In 2008, Carl proposed to his girlfriend over the team radio while he was in the car racing a Porsche 911 GT3 RS during the 24 Hours of Nurburgring (she said 'yes').

Carl lists a Mercedes-Benz C300 AMG Sport as his daily driver, pasta as his favorite food, Brooklyn 99 as his favorite TV show, and Test Engineer in Active Safety & Vehicle Dynamics as his first job.

His personal racing heroes are Mark Donohue, Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton, while he calls Nurburgring his favorite track.

Driving Highlights

First Race
Goteborg, Sweden. Sports Car Club of Goteborg, 1996. Competed in a Lotus Super 7. Finished 3rd.

Sports Car Club of Gothenburg Hill/Solo Cup (1996-2000)
Swedish Endurance Championship GT (2001)
Swedish Endurance Racing Cup (2001)
Swedish Junior Touring Car Cup (2002)
Scandinavian Sports Racing Car Challenge (2003)
Swedish Endurance Championship GT (2004-2006)
Dutch Winter Endurance Racing Championship (2005)
24 Hours of Nurburgring (2006-2009, 2011)
25 Hours of Thunderhill (2010)
Redline Time Attack Championship (2010)
Pacific Tuner Car Championship (2011)
24H Hours of Barcelona (2011)
Global Time Attack (2012)
Formula Drift (2013-2014)
VLN Endurance Racing Championship Nurburgring, Germany (2015)
25 Hours of Thunderhill (2015)
Pirelli World Challenge (2016)

SAG-AFTRA Stunt driver in numerous commercials
FIA cert. racing instructor (2002-)
OEM test driver/engineer (2004-present)

Champion SWE Endurance 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)
Winner Zandvoort 500 (2005, Levin Porsche 996 GT3 RS)
Winner Eurosport Super Racing Weekend Challenge (2001, gocarts)
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 SWE End. 3h Championship, GT ('05, MV Porsche 996 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)