Chris Forsberg Wins Formula Drift Seattle - Extends Lead in Championship

Cypress, CA – (August 18, 2009) – The Formula Drift Series rolled into the Great Northwest last weekend for the fifth of seven rounds in the Formula Drift Pro Championship. The NOS Energy Drink Drift Team dominated the competition and took home their second overall victory and third podium of the year.

“Our goal going into the event was to have a good finish and hopefully add a few points to our championship lead,” said NOS Energy Drink Team Owner and Driver Chris Forsberg. “We are could not be happier the way the event went.”

The Team started the event off great qualifying seventh overall. After qualifying, and mid way through the tandem practice, things took a turn for the worse as the NOS Energy Drink 350Z broke a rear axle coming off the high speed bank. Crew chief Kevin Wells and Sergio Ramirez leaped into action and promptly replaced the broken axle. While the crew managed to get the 350Z back together in record time, the practice session had finished, prematurely ending Forsberg’s tandem testing.

“Through all of our years running the 350Z, we’ve never broken an axle,” recalled Forsberg. “With the extreme amounts of load we put on our drivetrain, that says a lot for our Drive Shaft Shop Axles.”

Race day came and Forsberg didn’t skip a beat. Forsberg and the team went straight into the final practice leaving right where they left off the night before, setting some of their fastest speeds of the week.

Forsberg defeated Calvin Wong in the Top 32 to be paired up against championship contender Darren McNamara. “I knew this battle was extremely important for the championship,” said Forsberg. “Darren has been consistent and very fast this year and if I didn’t beat him, he definitely could have gone on to win the event giving him maximum championship points.”

Utilizing all of his Maxxis MA-Z1 Drift Tires, Forsberg was able to set his fastest entry speed of the weekend and lay down 2 near perfect runs beating out McNamara to move on to the “Great 8”. The NOS Energy Drink Drift team was able to continue its winning streak beating out Ross Petty and Tyler McQuarrie to get to the final round. Formula Drift rookie Eric O’Sullivan won his heated battle with Vaughn Gittin but his car was wrecked beyond repair handing the overall win to Forsberg and the NOS Energy Drink Drift Team.

Forsberg is able to extend his Championship points lead to 47 going into the final 2 events. The next round in the Formula Drift Pro Championship will be held at the infamous Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA on August 20th – 22nd coinciding with the Indy Racing League (IRL) opening the sport of drifting to thousands of new race fans.

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