Forsberg and Team Drift Alliance Take the Formula Drift Team Title in Long Beach

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA (May 14, 2009) – The NOS Energy Drink Drift Team brought home their first victory of the season this last weekend, May 9th – 10th, at the world famous Road Atlanta Raceway in Braselton, GA. NOS Energy Drink Driver, Chris Forsberg, fought through a very competitive field that saw a number of the top drivers upset in preliminary rounds.

Early in the tandem rounds, Forsberg paired against two time Formula Drift Pro Champion, Samuel Hubinette. The two seasoned drivers drove near flawlessly causing the judges to have to call “one more time” (repeat runs) two times until Forsberg prevailed. Once into the final four, Forsberg had to battle Drift Alliance teammate Ryan Tuerck. Tuerck and Forsberg are long time friends and have driven against each other numerous times making this battle exceptionally fierce. Both drivers drove phenomenal, but a slight error by Tuerck gave the win to the NOS team. For Forsberg, a victory against Tuerck meant that he would then have to focus for the final round competition with Irish drift champion Darren McNamara. The competition was again too close to call forcing another “one more time” battle. In the end, Forsberg defeated McNamara bringing home his 6th career Formula Drift Pro event win and placing him 2nd place in the current championship standings.

“The NOS Energy Drink 350Z was performing great all weekend long at Road Atlanta,” stated Forsberg. ”We have had great finishes here in the past and knew what it would take to get back on top of the podium. I really want to thank NOS Energy Drink, Maxxis Tires, Clarion, Mishimoto and Genius Tools for giving our team what we need to win. We're looking forward to Wall Speedway and feel we are in a great position to contend for the overall championship.“

Despite the threat of thunder storms, crowds came in huge numbers to the 2nd round of the Formula Drift Pro Championship which saw the largest recorded attendance for a drift event held at the track.

The next round in the Formula Drift Pro Championship will be held at Wall Speedway, Wall, NJ on June 6th and 7th. In the meantime, the NOS Energy Drink Drift Team will be appearing at Hot Import Nights Englishtown, NJ on May 16th for the NOS Energy Drink Human Horse Power Zone Formula Drift Pro-Am where future pro drifters will compete for a chance to win 2010 Formula Drift competition licenses.

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