Best Race of Career So Far: Trans Am Sonoma rain race to 3rd overall, 2020
First Person to Call After Win: My Wife and Kids
Trans Am Hero Growing Up: Mark Donohue, Vic Elford, Boris Said
Driver Bio: Carl Rydquist's racing breakthrough came in 2001 during a gocart racing contest put on by Eurosport. During a week of tryouts he beat more than 1100 contestants and won the challenge. The event propelled Rydquist to his first GT endurance ride with the No. 16 Apex Racing Porsche. Rydquist went on to win the GT-class title in the 2001 Swedish Endurance 8h/12h Cup.
Rydquist followed up with one-off entries and podium finishes in the Swedish Junior Touring Car Championship and the Scandinavian Sports Racing Car Challenge before winning another GT-class title in the 2004 Swedish Endurance 3h Cup behind the wheel of the No. 37 MV Racing Porsche. In 2005 Rydquist was the first Swedish driver to win the Zandvoort 500, driving the No. 108 Loehr/Levin Racing Porsche. Rydquist went on to race Porsches at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring for several years, claimed a class runner-up position in the 24 Hours of Barcelona in the No. 6 Hankook/Phereclus/Steam Racing Porsche, won 3rd overall in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill in the No 4. Hankook/PDG FFR GTM, captured a pole position and podium finish in a one-off Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car appearance. In recent years Rydquist has accumulated numerous endurance racing wins and Trans Am West Coast SGT wins piloting the No. 4 PDG FFR GTM.
Carl Rydquist is a test engineer and test driver since 2004 and regularly involved in high performance vehicle projects, a stunt driver since 2005 and SAG-AFTRA since 2010. Rydquist has coached numerous groups and drivers, some of which raced the in 24 Hours of Le Mans, Daytona, Nurburgring, as well as the ALMS and Pirelli World Challenge.