Ryan Eversley

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Ryan Eversley
Ryan Eversley.jpg
Nationality American
Born (1983-12-22) December 22, 1983 (age 34)
Lithonia, Georgia, U.S.
Pirelli World Challenge career
Debut season 2010
Current team RealTime Racing Acura
Car no. 43
Wins 5
Previous series
2010 SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge

Ryan Eversley (born December 22, 1983, in Lithonia, Georgia) is an American race car driver.[1] Starting in 2015, Eversley has been a Honda factory driver who primarily races in the Pirelli World Challenge series for the RealTime Racing Acura team in an Acura TLX-GT in the GT class. In 2017 Eversley and his team started racing the new NSX GT3.[2]

Early career[edit]

Though his parents could not fund his racing career, they were supportive and did help Ryan to find opportunities. He left public school and pursued his high school degree in a homeschooling program so he could pursue a driving career.

Eversley got a job from Mike Johnson in 2001 with the Archangel Racing Team as a mechanic, allowing him to leave his full-time job at the local mill. He vowed that his entrance into motor sports would allow him to never need to return to the mill

“I was one of the first guys in the shop every day and I was the one they had to tell to go home because I was so excited to be working on prototypes at 16 and 17 years old," Ryan stated in an interview on the Marshall Pruett Podcast in 2016.[3] His first race as a mechanic was with the Archangel team the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in 2001.

Using the money he made working, Ryan went to the Panoz Racing Schools at Road Atlanta and raced go karts whenever possible to gain experience. A driver himself, Mike Johnson was able to help Ryan get seat time and eventually a ride in the Continental Tire Series.

First race[edit]

Ryan's first race took place in Sonoma in the Spring of 2003 in a Star Mazda. In Ryan's own words: “I rent a ride from a kid I met on Auto Racing AOL chatroom. This kid, Chris Nelson, him and his dad Bob Nelson help me out.” The Nelsons had the car, but didn’t have enough money to race it. Eversley continues: “They said come to Sonoma. As long as you don’t crash you’re fine. It was kind of nerve wracking, because I don’t have two pennies to rub together … We go. I finish dead last, I sucked and I was so happy.”[4]

Career 2003–2014[edit]

2003[edit]

Debuted in ST I class. He finished 16th in only one race at Virginia International Raceway.

2004[edit]

In 2004, James Cook offered Eversley a ride in three IMSA races if he would build the car for him. Ryan accepted and created a team with Crew Chief Jason Duncan. They built the B2K/40 Lola with a Millington turbo engine and raced it at Mid-Ohio, Lime Rock and Road Atlanta in the LMP2 class. Though the class was small, the car finished 2nd in each race.

Finished 15th in lone ST race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

2006[edit]

Did not score any points after driving in four races.

2007[edit]

Finished 83rd in GS points. … Three races, best finish 15th at Daytona International Speedway.

2008[edit]

Finished 26th in GS points. … Seven races, best finish ninth at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

2009[edit]

Ryan competed in the 24 Hours of Daytona in the GT class for Stevenson Motorsports. The team finished 22nd overall and 13th in class.

2010[edit]

Ryan competed in the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and won both rounds of the TC class in his series debut.[5] He made another Rolex Sports Car Series start in 2010 for Matt Connolly Motorsports at Barber Motorsports Park. The team failed to finish the race. He also drove in the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans for Magnus Racing in the GTC class and finished third in class.[6] Finished 84th in GS points. Four races, best finish 10th at Virginia International Raceway. Eversley drives in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge for Compass360 Racing in the ST class. He captured a class victory in the race at Virginia International Raceway. He also competed in the 2011 24 Hours of Daytona for The Racer's Group in the Children's Tumor Foundation charity Porsche. The team finished 20th overall and 8th in class.

2015[edit]

2015 was Ryan's first year competing full-time in the Pirelli World Challenge series in the GT class. Driving an Acura TLX for RealTime Racing, Eversley recorded a win at St. Petersburg, ultimately finishing 6th in the GT standings.

2016[edit]

Ryan returned to World Challenge racing with RealTime in 2016, again driving the TLX. He recorded back-to-back wins at Road America, finishing 6th in the GT standings for the second year in a row with four podiums.

2017[edit]

RealTime Racing returned to World Challenge in 2017 with a new program in the Acura NSX GT3. They scored one podium with a 2nd place finish at Utah, but Eversley reported in the Mario Andretti episode of his Dinner With Racers podcast that the team is struggling with downforce in their first year in development with the new car.

2018[edit]

In December 2017, Ryan announced that he would be joining Honda of America Racing Team (HART) in 2018 to drive an Acura NSX GT3 with co-driver Chad Gilsinger in Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races.

Pirelli World Challenge[edit]

In the first Pirelli World Challenge race of 2015, The Nissan Grand Prix of Texas brought to you by Motul at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX, Ryan Eversley, in the No. 43 RealTime/Acura Motorsports/HPD Acura TLX-GT, rocketed up to finish fifth after starting 25th on the day. Eversley was awarded the Optima Batteries Best Start Award for gaining eight positions, and the VP Racing Fuels Hard Charger Award for gaining 20 positions in the race.

Eversley once again ran in the Pirelli World Challenge series in 2016. Ultimately finishing 6th in the championship, the most successful weekend for Eversley came at Road America, when he won both races.[7]

Motorsports Career Results[edit]

(key)

Pirelli World Challenge results[edit]

Year Team Make Engine Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Rank Points
2010 Mazda RX-8 TC STP1 STP2 LBH MOS1 MOS2 WAT TOR MDO1
1
MDO2
1
VIR1 VIR2 MIL 15th 249
2014 C360R Subaru Impreza WRX STI GTS STP LBH BAR1
12
BAR2
8
DET1 DET2 ELK1 ELK2 TOR1 TOR2 MDO1 MDO2 SON1 SON2 MIL1 MIL1 28th 122
2015 RealTime Racing Acura TLX-GT GT COA1
34
COA2
5
STP1
1
STP2
7
LBH
6
BAR1
14
BAR2
12
MOS1
15
MOS2
10
DET
9
ELK1
9
ELK2
10
ELK3
23
MDO1
11
MDO2
12
MIL1
11
MIL2
9
SON1
10
SON2
17
LAG
10
6th 1198
2016 RealTime Racing Acura TLX-GT GT COA1
10
COA2
12
STP1
10
STP2
6
LBH
7
BAR1
20
BAR2
12
MOS1
3
MOS2
18
LRP1
6
LRP2
4
ELK1
1
ELK2
1
MDO1
5
MDO2
2
UTA1
4
UTA2
17
SON1
10
SON2
12
LAG
10
6th 1365
2017 RealTime Racing Acura Acura NSX GT3 GT STP1
DNF
STP2
8
LBH
11
VIR1
19
VIR2
11
MOS1
11
LRP1
5
LRP2
5
ELK1
10
ELK2
8
MDO1
10
MDO2
8
UTA1
5
UTA2
2
COA1
9
COA2
9
COA3
6
SON1
DNF
SON2
DNF
8th 206

* Season is still in progress.

Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge results[edit]

Year Team Make Engine Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2008 Motorsport Technology Group Porsche 997 GS DAY LRP MOS MDO WAT BAR IA CTR NJ MIL VIR 26th 111
2009 Kinetic Motorsports BMW M3 GS DAY MIA NJ
16
LAG LRP
13
WAT MDO
11
BAR CTR MIL VIR
10
44th 33
2010 C360R Honda Civic Si ST DAY
5
MIA
30
BAR
3
VIR
1
LRP
3
WAT
2
MDO
3
NJ
4
CTR MIL
4
4th 239
BGB Motorsports Porsche Carrera GS DAY MIA BAR VIR LRP WAT MDO NJ CTR MIL
16
80th 15
2011 C360R Honda Civic Si ST DAY
11
MIA
5
BAR
22
VIR
1
LRP
3
WAT
5
ELK
16
LAG
6
NJ
9
MDO
10
2nd 229
2012 C360R Honda Civic Si ST DAY
12
BAR
7
MIA
5
NJ
30
MDO
7
ELK
6
WAT
29
IMS
29
LAG
4
LRP
18
11th 164
2013 C360R Honda Civic Si ST DAY
3
COA
6
BAR
13
ATL
11
MDO
3
WAT
2
IMS
19
ELK
16
KAN
3
LAG
9
LRP 2nd 259
2014 C360R Honda Civic Si ST DAY
DNF
SEB
17
LAG
7
LRP
2
KAN
4
WAT
1
MOS
4
IMS
21
ELK
19
VIR COA
1
ATL
1
9th 234
2016 HART Honda Civic Si ST DAY SEB LAG WAT
21
MOS
3
LRP
26
ELK
2
VIR
1
COA ATL 20th 139

Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series[edit]

American Le Mans Series[edit]

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship[edit]

Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge[edit]

Children's Tumor Foundation Charity Work[edit]

After driving the Children's Tumor Foundation (CTF) charity car in the Daytona 24-hour race, Ryan has been committed to raising money and awareness to battle a disease called Neurofibromatosis, a condition that causes tumors to form in the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Over the last few years Ryan has raised tens of thousands of dollars for CTF, largely though an annual event called the Cupid's Undie Run, which he and other team members run in their underwear every February.

Dinner with Racers podcast[edit]

Ryan co-hosts the racing podcast Dinner with Racers with Sean Heckman. They travel across the United States to interview other racing drivers, team owners, engineers and general motorsports personalities over meals. The show has had 3 seasons and over 90 guests from various motorsports series, mostly focused on American racing series like NASCAR, IndyCar and the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Personal life[edit]

Ryan is the son of veteran sports car racing mechanic John Eversley. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. His daily driver is an Acura MDX with Continental tires.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ryan Eversley – Pirelli World Challenge". Pirelli World Challenge. Retrieved 2016-12-22. 
  2. ^ "Here's How Acura Turned the NSX into a GT3 Race Car". Road & Track. August 4, 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-22. 
  3. ^ Development, PodBean. "75: Acura Sports Car Driver Ryan Eversley, Nov. 2016". Retrieved 2016-12-22. 
  4. ^ Development, PodBean. "The Marshall Pruett Podcast". marshallpruett.podbean.com. Retrieved 2016-12-22. 
  5. ^ Eversley Wins in Touring Car Debut at Mid-Ohio, Go Racing TV, August 7, 2010, Retrieved August 29, 2011
  6. ^ STRONG ALMS DEBUT FOR MAGNUS RACING WITH THIRD-PLACE IN GTC AT PETIT LE MANS, American Le Mans Series, October 5, 2010, Retrieved August 29, 2011
  7. ^ http://autoweek.com/article/sports-cars/pirelli-world-challenge-results-ryan-eversley-acura-sweeps-road-america-weekend

2015 Circuit of the Americas[1]

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