Chris Forsberg

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Chris Forsberg
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Born: April 6, 1982
Hometown: United States Doylestown, PA
Awards: 2005 Formula D Best Comeback
2006 Formula D Best Looking Car
Meguiars Cleanest Drift

(Formula D Round 5, 2006)

Meguiars Cleanest Drift

(Formula D Round 2, 2007)

2007 Biggest Rivalry

(against Tanner Foust)

2007 Hardest Charger
2007 Driver of the Year
2007 Triple Crown Champion
2009 Driver of the Year
2009 Triple Crown Champion
2009 Formula Drift Champion
2011 Team Manager of the Year
2013 Ace of the Year
Formula D Statistics
2014 Position: 1st
Best Position: 1st
First Event: 2004 Round 1 (Atlanta, GA)
First Win: 2005 Round 6 (Irwindale, CA)
Last Win: 2014 Round 1 (Long Beach, CA)
Overall Statistics
Wins Podiums Top Tens
15 32 53
All stats current as of April 9, 2014.

Chris Forsberg (born April 6, 1982), is an American self-taught drifting driver from Doylestown, Pennsylvania who currently competes in the Formula Drift series in his Nissan 370Z for NOS Energy Drink and Hankook Tires.

History[edit]

Chris noticed his love for speed and competition at the age of six, racing bicycles with his brother. He first got into cars at the age of 10 attending drag racing events with his uncles at Maple Grove Raceway Park in Pennsylvania. He was then introduced to flat track motorcycle racing watching his cousin slide around the track. This is what planted the seed for sliding things around.

At 14 he used to take out the family tractor and get it into third and slam on the brakes which made it slide around the yard. When he became old enough to drive he borrowed a friend's MKIII Supra and drift it around a cone course he set up in a parking lot. This passion lead him to watching Initial D and Option Videos, which influenced him to sell his truck and purchase his first car, a 1988 Mazda RX-7.

After buying the RX-7 Chris became heavily involved in the east coast drifting scene. By the age of 20 he helped run the first regularly schedule East Coast Drift events. He was 21 when D1 announced they were coming to America for a drivers search so he packed up his RX-7 on a flatbed rental truck and drove 3,000 miles to California. Chris later became the American Driver for Signal Auto. In 2003, Chris moved to California to further pursue a career in drifting, it was that year Formula Drift debuted their national drift series. Chris has competed in every event since that inaugural season. In 2007, Chris, with the help of his Crew Chief, Kevin Wells, started his own team, Chris Forsberg Racing. His greatest achievement came in 2009 when he earned the title of 2009 Formula Drift Champion as well as Triple Crown Champion. Forsberg was not only the first driver to win both titles in the same year but is the first driver to win a Championship whose career originated in grassroots drifting.

After over 8 years of competition, he built a reputation for his high speed precision driving skills, and became a major supporter of the drift community worldwide.

He teamed up with Corey Hosford for 2013 season of Formula Drift and they have been touring together since.

Cars Driven[edit]

  • 00-03 Mazda RX7 Mazda RX7 (FC) with a rotary engine initially, then a Nissan SR20DET motor swap
  • 03-present Nissan 350z Nissan 350z (Z33) with a supercharged VQ engine initially, then a Nissan SR20DET motor swap
  • 05 Falken Tire Nissan Silvia (S15)
  • 06-10 Nissan 350z Nissan 350z Roadster (Z33) with a 420 HP Nissan Titan 5.6L V8
  • 11-present Nissan 370z Nissan 370z (Z34) with an 800 HP Nissan Titan 5.6L V8

Achievements[edit]

2014[edit]

  • Placed 1st at Formula Drift Round 1, Long Beach
  • Currently the 2nd most winningest driver in Formula Drift

2013[edit]

  • Placed 3rd at Formula Drift Round 1, Long Beach
  • Placed 3rd at Formula Drift Round 4, Wall
  • Placed 1st at Formula Drift Round 5, Seattle
  • Placed 3rd at Formula Drift Round 6, Dallas
  • Formula Drift Ace of the Year
  • Placed 2nd in Formula Drift Series Championship

2012[edit]

  • Placed 2nd at Formula Drift Round 3, West Palm Beach
  • Placed 3rd at Formula Drift Round 4, Wall

2011[edit]

  • Placed 2nd at Formula Drift Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina
  • Qualified 1st at Formula Drift Round 3, West Palm Beach
  • Placed 2nd at Formula Drift Round 5, Seattle
  • Placed 3rd at Formula Drift Round 7, Irwindale
  • Judge of the Xtreme Drift Circuit Championship series
  • Formula Drift Team Manager of the Year
  • Placed 3rd in Formula Drift Series Championship

2010[edit]

  • Placed 1st at Formula Drift Team Drift, Long Beach Grand Prix
  • Placed 3rd at Formula Drift Round 2, Road Atlanta
  • Judge of the Xtreme Drift Circuit Championship series
  • Placed 6th in Formula Drift Series Championship

2009[edit]

  • FORMULA DRIFT CHAMPION
  • TIRES.COM TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION
  • Formula Drift Driver of the Year
  • Qualified 1st at Formula Drift Round 1, Long Beach
  • Placed 1st at Formula Drift Team Drift, Long Beach Grand Prix
  • Placed 1st at Formula Drift Round 2, Road Atlanta
  • Placed 3rd at Formula Drift Round 4, Las Vegas
  • Placed 1st at Formula Drift Round 5, Seattle

2008[edit]

  • Nominated Team Owner of the Year
  • Placed 1st at Formula Drift Round 1, Long Beach Grand Prix
  • Placed 1st at Formula Drift Team Drift, Long Beach Grand Prix
  • Placed 1st in Formula Drift Team Drift Championship with Drift Alliance
  • Placed 5th in Formula Drift Series Championship
  • Placed 6th in Formula Drift World Finals

2007[edit]

  • TIRES.COM TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION
  • Placed 1st at Formula Drift Round 2, Road Atlanta
  • 1st privately owned team to win a Formula Drift Pro Championship event
  • Qualified 1st at Formula Drift Round 3, West Virginia
  • Placed 1st at Ziptied All Star Team Drift, Willow Springs
  • Placed 1st at Formula Drift Team Drift, San Jose
  • Placed 1st at Formula Drift Round 5, Infineon Raceway
  • Placed 2nd at Formula Drift Round 7, Irwindale Speedway
  • Judge of the 2007 Drift Mania Canadian Championship series
  • Placed 2nd in Formula Drift Series Championship

2006[edit]

  • Formula Drift Best Looking Car of the Year
  • Placed 1st at Formula Drift Team Drift, Long Beach
  • Placed 1st at World Drift Series Team Drift Beijing, China

2005[edit]

  • Formula Drift Best Comeback of the Year
  • Placed 1st at Formula Drift Round 6, Irwindale
  • 1st American to defeat a Japanese D1 driver in tandem competition
  • Placed 5th in first ever D1 Grand Prix US vs. Japan, Irwindale Speedway

2004[edit]

  • Placed 2nd at inaugural Formula Drift, Road Atlanta
  • Placed 3rd at Formula Drift Round 2, Houston
  • First American built drift car on the cover of a national magazine
  • Only driver to defeat Samuel Hubinette in Formula D 2004 season competition.
  • Placed 3rd in Formula Drift Series Championship

2003[edit]

  • Course designer and instructor at first organized East Coast events. (DGTrials 2003)
  • Aces High member of DGTrials.
  • Featured in October 2003 Wired magazine article on drifting, alongside Tony Angelo.

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