Andy Forsberg and the Forsberg Racing team recently traveled from their Auburn, California home to Petaluma, California for round one of 360 Civil War Series. The California Sprint Car Civil War Race Series features limited 360 cubic-inch Sprint Cars competing in multiple events, at several different California Speedways, between March and October. The series started back in the early '90's and has recently grown astronomically in popularity among both racers and spectators.
Forsberg also got a 410 win in Chico in the A&A Motorsports no. 92.
The Car Civil War Series win was only Forsberg's third night out in the F&F X1, and it was the team's first ever win at Petaluma Speedway.
The K&N sponsored Forsberg posted the time to beat, and went on to finish third in his heat race. Then, for the second consecutive evening an eight-pill was drawn for the A-main inversion, positioning Forsberg on the outside of row four. The track was uneven and heavy, but fast. Forsberg picked his way through the field and on lap 24 he made his move for the lead. He never looked back for the remaining six laps, claiming the victory in only his third night out in the F&F X1. The win was the first ever for the F&F X1 team at Petaluma Speedway, and their first Civil War victory since May of 2008.
The F&F X1 is owned by brothers-in-law Steve Tucheli and Alan Bradway. Both men have a long and storied family history with racing, and both raced up until 2002, when they decided to quit racing and join forces as car owners. The result is the Friends and Family (F&F) team. They opted to use the X1 number that Bradway's dad, Dave Sr., used for many years. Dave was a multiple Northern California Modified champion. And the family connection runs even deeper, as Forsberg's dad, Richard, raced against all of them and the families were all good friends. Forsberg also raced against Tucheli and Bradway growing up and would joke how one day he would drive for them. It took nine seasons, but he finally got his chance, and he didn't disappoint.
"Things are going pretty well so far this season, we have two wins under our belt, the Civil War win at Petaluma, and a 410 win in Chico in the A&A Motorsports no. 92," Forsberg told K&N Race News.
"The X1 team and I seem to be working well together and I think we can keep getting faster as we learn more about each other. Our goals for 2011 are to race for the Placerville Track Championship, and the CA Civil War Series Championship, along with various open 360 shows throughout the season. We race the A&A Motorsports no. 92 410 on Fridays in Chico, California and during the winter."
During the off season Forsberg kept busy building his own car, reviving the traditional red Forsberg no. 92. It's been since 2004 since that the Forsberg family has fielded their own car. Forsberg raced the first four National ASCS races in February, and ran a few Non-Wing USAC races early in the season before the F&F and A&A season got underway.
"We set an 82 race schedule for 2011 split between the 3 teams, F&F X1, A&A Motorsports, and the Forsberg no. 92," said Forsberg. "The F&F X1 races are all the Civil War and Placerville point races, the A&A Motorsports no. 92 races are all the Friday Chico 410 races, as well as a few King of the West shows and the World of Outlaws when they come to the Gold Cup. The Forsberg Family no. 92 races anywhere the other teams don't. It is definitely a crazy schedule, but we have a great group of guys, great sponsors doing everything they can, and lots of support from all the families involved."
Forsberg will be back in the F&F X1 on Friday May, 13th for a Civil War race and on the 14th the F&F X1 and Forsberg will be in Placerville, California for a 360 points race.
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