Ryan Eversley

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Ryan Eversley
Ryan Eversley.jpg
NationalityAmerican
Born (1983-12-22) December 22, 1983 (age 35)
Lithonia, Georgia, U.S.
Pirelli World Challenge career
Debut season2010
Current teamGradient Racing Acura
Car no.5
Wins5
Previous series
2019
2010
Stadium Super Trucks
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 helped Eversley 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," Eversley 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, Eversley 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 Eversley get seat time and eventually a ride in the Continental Tire Series.

First race[edit]

Eversley's first race took place in Sonoma in the Spring of 2003 in a Star Mazda. In his own words: “I rented 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]

2003–present[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. Eversley 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]

Eversley 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]

Eversley 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 his first year competing full-time in the Pirelli World Challenge series in the GT class. In the first Pirelli World Challenge race of 2015, the Nissan Grand Prix of Texas at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX, 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.

Driving an Acura TLX for RealTime Racing, Eversley recorded a win at St. Petersburg, ultimately finishing 6th in the GT standings.

2016[edit]

Eversley 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.[7]

2017[edit]

RealTime Racing returned to the 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, Eversley 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.

2019[edit]

A few weeks prior to the opening weekend of the Blancpain GT series of America, Eversley announced his commitment to the Gradient Racing team, running an Acura NSX GT3 Evo. Eversley continued his IMSA career with co-driver Chad Gilsinger in HART's Honda Civic Type R TCR under the Michelin Pilot Challenge.

In July, he made his Stadium Super Trucks debut at Honda Indy Toronto, driving the No. 43 Continental Tire truck.[8]

Children's Tumor Foundation charity work[edit]

After driving the Children's Tumor Foundation (CTF) charity car in the Daytona 24-hour race[when?], Eversley 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 Eversley 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]

Eversley 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.

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 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
2018 RealTime Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR (FK8) TCR STP1
NH
STP2
NH
COA1
3
COA2
3
LBH
NH
VIR1
1
VIR2
2
MOS1
NH
MOS2
NH
LRP1
1
LRP2
4
ELK1
NH
ELK2
NH
POR1
3
POR2
1
UTA1
3
UTA2
3
WGI1
1
WGI2
1
1st 276

* 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]

Rolex Sports Car Series
Year Track No. Car Team Class Start Finish Status
2007 Daytona 87 Porsche GT3 Farnbacher Loles Racing GT 12 19 Running
2007 Lime Rock 24 BMW M3 Matt Connolly Motorsports GT 3 4 Running
2009 Daytona 97 Chevrolet Corvette Stevenson Motorsports GT 22 12 Running
2010 Birmingham 19 Chevrolet Corvette Matt Connolly Motorsports GT 12 15 DNF
2011 Daytona 4 Porsche GT3 TRG GT 6 8 Running
2011 Watkins Glen 67 Porsche GT3 TRG GT 16 16 Running
2011 Laguna Seca 67 Porsche GT3 TRG GT 16 11 Running
2012 Daytona 4 Porsche GT3 Magnus Racing GT 17 36 Running
2012 Watkins Glen 67 Porsche GT3 Horton Autosport GT 10 10 Running
2013 Daytona 38 Porsche Cayman BGB Motorsports GX 2 3 Running

American Le Mans Series[edit]

American Le Mans Series
Year Track No. Car Team Class Start Finish Status
2004 Mid-Ohio 13 Lola B2K/40 Marshall Cooke Racing LMP2 4 2 Running
2004 Lime Rock 13 Lola B2K/40 Marshall Cooke Racing LMP2 2 2 Running
2004 Road Atlanta 13 Lola B2K/40 Marshall Cooke Racing LMP2 3 2 Running
2010 Road Atlanta 19 Porsche 911 GT3 Magnus Racing GTC 3 3 Running

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship[edit]

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Year Track No. Car Team Class Start Finish Status
2014 Laguna Seca 88 ORECA FLM09 BAR1 Motorsports PC 10 10 Did Not Start
2014 Road Atlanta 7 ORECA FLM09 Starworks Motorsport PC 10 5 Running
2016 Daytona 26 ORECA FLM09 BAR1 Motorsports PC 3 3 Running

Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge[edit]

Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Year Track No. Car Team Class Start Finish Behind Overall Leader
2008 Daytona 20 Porsche 997 Motorsport Technology Group GS 28 12 40,680
2008 Mosport 20 Porsche 997 Motorsport Technology Group GS 23 17 1 Lap
2008 Birmingham 20 Porsche 997 Motorsport Technology Group GS 12 16 1:11.747
2008 Iowa 20 BMW M3 Blackforest Motorsport GS 15 13 34 Laps
2008 New Jersey 19 Porsche 997 Motorsport Technology Group GS 25 9 35,776
2008 VIR 21 Porsche 997 Motorsport Technology Group GS 21 14 2:07.393
2009 VIR 21 BMW M3 Kinetic Motorsports GS 21 10 1 Lap
2010 Miller Motorsports Park 7 Porsche Carrera BGB Motorsports GS 15 16 35:513
2011 Daytona 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 11 11 2 Laps
2011 Homestead 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 23 5 2 Laps
2011 Birmingham 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 17 22 7 Laps
2011 VIR 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 20 1 1:22.402
2011 Lime Rock 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 13 3 0,520
2011 Watkins Glen 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 9 5 27,235
2011 Road America 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 21 16 3 Laps
2011 Laguna Seca 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 21 6 1 Lap
2011 New Jersey 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 16 9 24,424
2012 Daytona 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 12 10 1:15.152
2012 Birmingham 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 33 7 37,777
2012 Homestead 75 Honda Civic Si Compass 360 ST 39 5 1 Lap
2012 New Jersey 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 17 30 30 Laps
2012 Mid-Ohio 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 21 7 25,661
2012 Road America 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 17 6 47,169
2012 Watkins Glen 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 17 29 35 Laps
2012 Indy 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 21 29 35 Laps
2012 Laguna Seca 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 14 4 23,746
2012 Lime Rock 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 8 18 2 Laps
2013 Daytona 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 5 3 1 Lap
2013 COTA 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 11 6 1 Lap
2013 Birmingham 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 1 13 1 Lap
2013 Road Atlanta 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 2 11 1 Lap
2013 Mid-Ohio 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 8 3 2 Laps
2013 Watkins Glen 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 3 2 10,556
2013 Indy 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 12 19 2 Laps
2013 Road America 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 13 16 2 Laps
2013 Kansas 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 14 3 2 Laps
2013 Laguna Seca 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST 15 9 30,164
2013 Lime Rock 75 Honda Civic Si Compas 360 ST ? ? ?

Stadium Super Trucks[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position. * – Most laps led.)

Stadium Super Trucks results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 SSTC Pts Ref
2019 COA COA TEX TEX LBH LBH TOR
9
TOR
8
MOH MOH ROA ROA POR POR -* -* [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ryan Eversley – Pirelli World Challenge". Pirelli World Challenge. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  2. ^ "Here's How Acura Turned the NSX into a GT3 Race Car". Road & Track. August 4, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  3. ^ Development, PodBean. "75: Acura Sports Car Driver Ryan Eversley, Nov. 2016". Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  4. ^ Development, PodBean. "The Marshall Pruett Podcast". marshallpruett.podbean.com. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  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
  8. ^ Nguyen, Justin (July 10, 2019). "Ryan Eversley, Casey Mears join SST grid at Toronto". The Checkered Flag. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  9. ^ "2019 Overall Point Standings". Stadium Super Trucks. Retrieved July 16, 2019.

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