2011 has proven to be just another year for Andy Forsberg and his multiple Sprint Car teams in Northern California. The five-time, defending Civil War champion wasted no time getting into victory lane this season, and with a full plate of racing in front of him, chances are Forsberg will be hoisting more trophies as the season progresses.
The F&F x1 Sprint Car in Victory Lane
Andy Forsberg and his A&A #92 410 Sprint Car
Forsberg already has a victory at Chico raceway in his A&A #92 410 Sprint, and he also picked up a win in the Civil War with his F&F X1 team. His private Forsberg Racing #92 also has a pair of top-5 finishes in non-wing USAC shows.
"I don't think a season ever goes as good as you want it to, but in all actuality, 2011 is going pretty good for us so far," Forsberg stated. "We plan on running every Civil War event, plus all of the Placerville points races, along with various points shows like the Trophy Cup and the National ASCS races."
Forsberg will also be running full-time at Chico in the Friday night 410 points series, and when he has an off weekend, expect to see the family-owned operation at a track somewhere on the west coast. Forsberg's biggest challenge in 2011 will be defending his Civil War championship. Forsberg is five-for-five when he runs the whole series. In other words, if he starts every Civil War race, he has never lost the championship. When faced with a question of whether or not the pressure gets greater or worse with each championship, the second-generation racer couldn't decide.
"It's a little of both, actually. There's a sense of pressure that I have to win it every time, but on the other hand, I try to remind myself that I have won the Civil War five times, so in the back of my mind I just try and enjoy myself, and if I get beat I get beat."
With all of the success Forsberg has had out west, one might wonder why he's never gone racing with the World of Outlaws full time; Forsberg has run a few WoO races on-and-off throughout his career, with a career best finish of 3rd. He calls that finish his "claim to fame."
"When I was younger I wanted to race with the Outlaws, but now I'm older and wiser, and I know it's really not an option. I have a family, home and business in Auburn, California, and traveling ten months out of the year is really not possible," Forsberg added.
With three different teams and 82 races on Forsberg's schedule this season, the veteran racer pointed toward budget as the biggest challenge this season. "Hopefully none of the teams get burnt out. As long as I don't tear up too much stuff, we should be fine."
Forsberg noted that the support he has from K&N helps immensely.
"K&N Filters are the only filters that my dad ever used and he passed that onto me. Racing on dirt, keeping the motor clean is very important. We try to get as many shows as possible out of our engines and K & N Filters help us accomplish that. We hope to maintain a relationship with them throughout my racing career."
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