From the "could-this-really-happen" file comes this scenario; you discover your racecar is so much faster than everyone else's that it's almost like you're racing a man-car against slot cars. So, as a show of sportsmanship, and because of all the carping, you deliberately start at the back of the field, but you still can't help exploding to the front and lapping pretty much everyone before the race ends. And yeah, it really did happen.
Technically Richard and Andy's rudder design was totally legal – other racers only wished they could have come up with something to keep pace it.
The 92 car wasn't only way faster than everyone else at its debut in Petaluma, it also pulled in some spare change between races.
On Friday, during a scheduled three-day race weekend, K&N sponsored Any Forsberg's number 92 car made its 2010 debut at the Petaluma Non-Wing "Run What You Brung" 360 open competition race. From the moment the team unloaded their radically modified car it was obvious they were in for a long night of pit-row unhappiness.
"This was an open competition race and since Andy comes from a second generation racing family, his father Richard has been around for many types of these races throughout the last 40 years, explains Candace Forsberg, Andy's wife.
Andy made a point to thank his team, K&N, and all his other sponsors for helping to make this such a successful year so far.
"Back in the day, an open comp race basically meant you built a cheater type car and went racing, so that's what they did. Richard mounted a side-board off of a top-wing, to the top of the cage, and it worked as a rudder. While the other cars were pitching it sideways, like a traditional non-wing car does to scrub off speed, Andy was able to drive the car straight into the turns like a winged car, so he never lost his momentum. It was almost like the other non-wing cars were racing against a winged car."
"The fuss came from all the other competitors that couldn't comprehend the fact that they were out smarted and were about to get their butts kicked," adds Candace. "They all had the same opportunity and time to build and fabricate parts that would make their cars faster for the race, but nobody did. Some competitors were claiming that we had a wing on the car, but the definition of a wing is a device that creates lift and or down force and our side panels did neither, so it was legal."
The proverbial straw that broke the camel's back was when Andy pulled the "0" pill and put himself on the pole. That's when the promoter Jim Soares pleaded with Andy to take the body parts off. Instead, they came to an agreement that Andy would start dead last and try to make a go of it. This was a big risk, being as it was a $2500 to win race, but Andy nicknamed "Mr. Excitement" was tired of everyone complaining and was ready to put on a show, according to Candace. Andy went from the back, to first place in just 18 laps, and lapped up to the eighth place car before the checkered waved. Andy was turning laps that were nine-tenths faster than the second fastest car out there. It was Andy's sixth win of the year.
Andy said this was the most fun he had ever had during a race. It was a very special night, having something he and his dad thought about and fabricated, work to such perfection.
On Saturday the Autism Awareness, Coors Light number 47 headed to Placerville, California for the final night of the 360 point season. Andy had a 21 point lead heading into the night and only needed a consistent finish to wrap up his eighth championship. With his fifth place finish he clinched the track championship.
On Sunday in his second non-wing appearance of the weekend at the Louie Vermeil Classic USAC 410 Non-Wing race at the Calistoga half-mile, Andy had another good race, finishing eighth.
Andy thanked K&N and all the people that helped him over the weekend and throughout the season, without their help he says he could not have gotten it done.
Up next for Forsberg Racing are the last two Civil War races in Watsonville, California on Friday September 24th and Placerville on Saturday September 25th.
"The top three are only separated by four points, so it should be another exciting weekend," said Candace. "Hopefully we come out on top and Andy wins his fifth title with the series. After that Andy still has the 360 Fall Nationals in Chico, California, the season finale in Marysville, California, The Cotton Classic in Hanford, where he plans on running a winged 410 and his non-winged 360 in the same night, the Trophy Cup in Tulare, California, and possibly some National ASCS races in Nevada and Arizona."
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