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Tires.com Triple Crown Winner Chris Forsberg also Voted Driver of the Year
Chris Forsberg had a mile-wide grin at Irwindale, California. His first place finish in the Formula Drift Tires.com Triple Crown was the first part of a three part winning package. Forsberg took 2nd place over all in the Championship Series and was voted Driver of the Year.
Chris Forsberg at Irwindale
Chris Forsberg will announce new plans at SEMA
Possibly the largest turnout in drifting history watched Forsberg qualify 2nd overall behind Formula Drift points leader Tanner Foust. Forsberg beat out Rockstar Energy Drink sponsored driver Daijiro (Dai) Yoshihara who qualified 8th. By out-qualifying Yoshihara, Forsberg took over 2nd place in the championship going into the tandem runs.
Chris Forsberg uses K&N air and oil filters
Chris Forsberg voted Driver of the Year
Forsberg knocked out John Russakoff and Bill Sherman to the Final 4 round where he was matched up with Yoshihara. Both drivers set some of the highest speeds and deepest angles in the drifting competition. There were slight errors on both sides during the first run and the judges called for a “one more time.”
Forsberg was flawless in the next set of runs but Yoshihara made a fatal error. Forsberg took the win and 2nd place in the championship. “Dai has always been a great friend and competitor since day one,” said Forsberg. “We were both thrilled to be battling for 2nd place in the championship.”
In the final round, Forsberg went up against Tanner Foust who already locked in the championship. Both were driving 350z’s on point. A slight correction by Forsberg on the bank was just enough to give Foust the overall victory and Forsberg the runner-up finish.
The 2nd place finish for Forsberg was enough to clinch 1st place in the Tires.com Triple Crown, a separate point standing series which encompassed the Formula Drift events at Atlanta, Sonoma and Irwindale.
Forsberg was also voted Driver of the Year by his follow competitors at the Formula Drift Championship banquet. Forsberg’s crew chief, Kevin Wells, was named Mechanic of the Year and Forsberg’s season-long competition with Tanner Foust was named Rivalry of the Year.
Forsberg uses K&N Engineering oil and air filters. “Our biggest benefit from K&N for the 2007 season was reliability,” said Forsberg. “We ran the whole season on a stock motor with not one engine failure. K&N Filters kept our motor running clean and strong even through all that tire smoke and debris.”
Overall it was a good year for Chris Forsberg Racing. “I look forward to announcing our bigger and better program for 2008,” said Forsberg. “We will let everyone know our plans at this year’s SEMA (Specialty Equipment Marketing Association) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.”
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