Game Ready, a sports medicine and orthopedic medical device that helps athletes and other patients speed recovery from injury or orthopedic surgery, will join forces with American driver Ryan Tveter for the Toyota Racing Series (TRS) in New Zealand in January and February. Tveter, of Oyster Bay, N.Y. and Zurich, Switzerland, will be a member of the multiple championship-winning team, Giles Motorsports.
The TRS features five weekends of racing with three races each weekend. The series includes a number of international racers — Tveter will be racing against Neil Alberico, flying Team USA colors, along with European drivers he faced this year when he finished ninth out of 40 drivers in his rookie season in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup, placing in the top five twice. He will return to European competition in the spring when that continent’s season begins.
At each event there are usually five practice sessions, two qualifying sessions and three races. Practice is held on Thursday and Friday. Qualifying is slated for Saturday morning, with the first race following on Saturday afternoon. Two other races occur on Sunday. It adds up to approximately 1,553 miles of competition and 15 races in just five weeks, as it runs from Jan. 8 through Feb. 9.
The cars are called Toyota FT40s. They’re Tatuus chassis powered by a Toyota 2ZZ-GE, 1,800cc, 215-horsepower engine, which gives them a similar power-to-weight ratio as an F3 car. All the cars use Michelin tires and an ethanol fuel blend.
The schedule begins Jan. 8-12 at Teretonga Park in Invercargill. Round 2 is Jan. 16-19 at Timaru International Raceway in Timaru. Next on the schedule is Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell Jan. 23-26. The series then travels to Hampton Downs in Auckland Jan. 30-Feb. 2. It concludes Feb. 6-9 at Manfeild, Feilding.
“Game Ready is very excited to partner with Ryan Tveter for the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand,” said Craig Grabell, Game Ready’s CEO. “Ryan is a terrific example of the grit and determination it takes to succeed. No matter how fit the athlete and crew, injuries and strains are inevitable when pushing hard in all sports, especially formula car racing. Motorsports is a market segment where speed and accuracy are vital, and Game Ready’s power to accelerate recovery can really help the athletes, teams, physical trainers and physicians there.
“Given the opportunity for muscle strain in motorsports, including the hands, the addition of Game Ready’s hand wrap to our extensive line in January dovetails nicely with the timing of the Toyota Racing Series. Ryan’s rapid progression in the sport combined with his professionalism and passion to excel are what caught Game Ready’s attention. We look forward to continuing our growth together.”
Tveter’s car is also sponsored by the Autobau racing museum and conference and convention center in Romanshorn, Switzerland. There will be live timing and scoring on the TRS’ Web site at toyotaracing.co.nz http://toyotaracing.co.nz>.