Northern California sprint car racer Andy Forsberg continued to write his name in the record books in 2012, capturing his 13th career championship in open-wheel racing. Forsberg's #92 family owned entry captured the California Civil War for the 7th time in his career, including each of the last three years.
Andy Forberg recently captured his 13th career championship in open wheel racing
The only negative in the championship was the disappointing finish to the Civil War at Oceanside Speedway in Watsonville, California. Forsberg suffered motor problems and could not close out his championship with a race win.
"It was (a little bittersweet), you always want to go out on top," Forsberg said. "We had a lot of people there at the Civil War finale who normally wouldn't go to races, so to just fall out with ignition problems is frustrating. Luckily we had a big enough lead where it did not matter. It was still fun to get the night over with and win the championship."
Forsberg's season did not end after his Civil War clinching night. Over the final month of the season, Forsberg won an open show in Marysville, California, ran in the top 5 consistently and showed great speed at the Trophy Cup in Tulare, California. The continuous dominance of the open-wheel scene in Northern California has some people tired of Forsberg, but he doesn't mind.
"I think there are a few people that are over seeing us win, some of them are race teams and some are fans. It's kind of funny to drive a good race, win and get out of the car to have the fans booing you. I guess it's part of the whole racing deal. I get it."
K&N sponsored driver And Forsberg definitely values the importance of family and friends in the racing world
Some of the most memorable moments for Forsberg came in non-points races.
"Winning the Mark Forni Memorial race was real exciting. I moved up from fifth to the lead, jumped the cushion with ten laps to go and let Jon Allard pass me, but on the last lap I got back around him to win the five-thousand dollar purse."
Forsberg also won his 99th and 100th race on the same night at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California. Driving both the X1 and 92 cars, Forsberg won both the 360ci and 410ci mains.
"Everything went like a movie script. It was really cool."
Andy Forsberg relies on K&N products to protect his engine throughout the entire season, and with proper maintenance of course
The only disappointing note for Forsberg in 2012 was losing the 410ci championship at Silver Dollar. Forsberg tied for the points lead, but lost on the wins tiebreaker. But Forsberg said that loss was nothing compared to the divestating loss of two of Northern California's best.
"Losing on a tiebreaker hurts, but that's just racing. Just when you think you have seen it all, something else pops up. Those type of events put things into perspective, when actual heartbreaking events occur like when the Northern-California racing community lost David Tarter and Tyler Wolf this season. We raced with those two every weekend and we are definitely going to miss them."
While the losses of those in the racing community will hurt for years, Forsberg will always be able to look back at his personal accomplishments in 2012 and smile.
Forsberg credited the strong reliability of his motors for his success this season.
"We use the K&N Air Filters. Racing on the dirt is pretty important to keep the inside of the engine clean and the K&N Filters do a great job of that for us."
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