The one thing every driver and car owner craves is success. Every decision they make is geared towards that single ambition. Success isn't black and white though, like life, it comes in varying shades. Where a top-10 finish may spell triumph for some, others have elevated their personal achievement bar so high that anything less than extraordinary falls short.
This is the F&F X1 360 Sprint Forsberg raced for Placerville track points and for the 360 CA Civil War Series.
Forsberg lists winning the 1st annual Tyler Wolf Memorial in the A&A Motorsports No. 92, 410 Sprint Car as a 2013 season highlight.
The latter category is where K&N's Andy Forsberg finds himself. Over 2011 to 2012 alone, Forsberg has a combined 24 Feature wins, two Placerville Speedway and two Civil War Series Championships, to name just a few highlights. After a 66 race, 2013 season, driving for three different teams, the final tally confirms that Forsberg has now extended his string of extraordinary seasons to three in a row. This year Forsberg raced in the F&F Racing x1, the A&A Motorsports No. 92, and the P.T. Shocks 7c.
We caught up with the tireless Forsberg to get his take on how the year looks in his rearview.
When you look back on 2013, do you compartmentalize your successes by team, or do you weigh the overall season results in one pot. And how does this season stalk up in your opinion?
"I like to break stats down by each team to see where I need to improve. I'm very happy with this season, obviously I would have liked to have been a little more competitive in the F&F X1, but we had set the standards so high from the last two seasons of being so successful. The 2013 season stats for that team were good; we just want and expect to be better, and to outperform each previous year. I'm very competitive, and so is the F&F X1 team, so we constantly strive to be No.1 and get the wins."
"This is my family owned 360 non-wing sprint I race when the other three teams don't want to go racing."
What would you say brought you the most joy and/or satisfaction this season, and what were some of your biggest disappointments?
"Winning the 1st Annual Tyler Wolf Memorial race in Chico, California at the Silver Dollar Speedway was very special. And then to back that up two weeks later, racing with the World of Outlaws at the 60th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions, and running 3rd on Friday night, and 2nd on Saturday night was a pretty big deal for a local team with a volunteer crew. My biggest disappointments would definitely be the trip to the hospital in April. That cost me an entire nights worth of points for the Silver Dollar Speedway track championship."
With the F&FX1 team you mention struggling to find speed, consistency and finishes, have you been able to put your finger on why that was?
"There really is not a smoking gun with the X1. We still had a good year, it just wasn't up to the high standards we set in 2011 and 2012. I know I'm not going to be able to just march through every season without any ups and downs, it's part of racing, and this year we had some downs. You just try to keep working hard and get over the hump."
"This is the PT Shocks 7c 360 winged sprint car owned by Cody Gainey that I race at miscellaneous races when the other teams don't want to race."
After a 66 race season are you just happy to relax during the off season, or are you already working on next season plans?
"I wouldn't mind racing all year around. I'm involved with three good teams that could manage that, but I will say that having three months off is kind of nice to be able to re-group a little bit. Mostly I would say it's nice to get my sleep schedule back in order, racing two nights a week, and staying up late those nights, takes a toll on me after a while. During the winter months it's nice to be able to get right up in the morning, instead of pushing snooze three or four times, like I do during racing season."
"Thanks to everyone that has let me drive their cars, to all their pit crews, the fans, K&N and all the sponsors, and to my family and friends. This was a wonderful season, full of good memories, and I could not have been as successful without each and every one of you."
Forsberg's Combined 2013 Stats:
17 fast times awards
Qualified in top- 3, 32 times
12 main event victories
26 top-3 finishes
38 top-5 finishes
45 top-10 finishes
Forsberg claimed his 14th overall drivers championship
5th at Placerville,
2nd in CA Civil War points,
2nd in 410 Chico CA track points,
Hot Coats Powder Coating 3 race Champion (Held at Chico)
Nor-Cal Champion sprints Champion (Internet Series that accumulates points for all winged 360 and 410 sprint car shows in CA)
115 Career feature wins to date