Chris Forsberg is one of the most recognizable drivers in all of Formula DRIFT. Be it his dashing good looks and lively attitude, his brave and incredibly well-controlled driving style or the unmistakable bright orange and new for ’11 NOS Energy Drink–liveried Nissan 370Z, it’s hard to ignore The Force (Chris’ nickname, adorned by FD’s official hype-man, Jarod DeAnda) and the role he has played in bringing Formula DRIFT to where it is today.
Forsberg and his crew are one of the longest lasting and most successful teams on the FD circuit, so what is it about Chris that keeps bringing him back to FD year after year? Having been involved with every FD event since the very beginning, Chris’ love for drifting is almost unmatched. After winning the overall championship for 2009, Chris has been back on the hunt, looking to make his way back to the top once again.
I caught up with Chris at Round 2: Road to the Championship, which was held at the beautiful venue of Road Atlanta in Brasleton, GA, for the inside scoop on himself and his hard-working team.
Having grown up in Pennsylvania, Chris got his first taste for speed by racing bicycles at a young age. Once he was old enough to drive, Chris began drifting in his first car, a ’88 Mazda RX-7. Forsberg actually still owns his first car. He sold it to a friend several years ago and recently bought it back — he just missed the old girl too much!
Kevin Wells, the crew chief, oversees the specifics of making sure Chris’ car runs as strong as possible. Kevin has been working with Chris for a long time, and he has a lot of pride in his work, as does his right-hand man, Sergio Ramirez. Kevin and Serg drive the team’s big rig to all the events, and Chris accompanies them whenever his schedule permits. Nissan Motorsports has also played an important part of helping make Chris Forsberg Racing what it is today, providing support for his current and past vehicles.
Chris had a good weekend at Road Atlanta. After qualifying eighth in the field, he managed to best Cyrus Martinez to move on to the top 16 main event. Pitted against Eric O’Sullivan in the top 16, Chris went all out and moved on after going one more time. It was a clean run with good angle that convinced the judges of Forsberg’s win in the second heat against O’Sullivan, who made a costly mistake. However, Chris’ weekend ended in the next round, after a surprise upset by John Russakoff. Chris’ final standings after Round 2 were fifth for the weekend, and fourth overall. Keep your eyes on the man in orange for the remainder of the season, Chris Forsberg is a force to be reckoned with, and he knows his way down the road to victory!