Aussie Forbes gets NHRA license, will try Super Gas competition in USA

Two-time ANDRA Super Gas Champion Matt Forbes is set to take on the best drag racing competitors in the world when he makes his American debut in October.

Forbes said he’s thrilled to get the opportunity to race the category in America, and looks forward to the challenge.

“It all came about 12 months ago when I was in Pomona, Calif., and contacts at my sponsors Lucas Oil and Sunset Performance Engines asked if I wanted to compete with some of the best racers in the world,” Forbes said.

“It’s been a year long process to get my NHRA license, but I’m all set to go and can’t wait to get over for two events in October.”

Forbes will race a Don Davis-built Corvette Roadster, similar to his Australian title winning Lucas Oil Roadster. He will make his debut at Thunder Valley Raceway Park in Noble, Okla., October 9-11 in a Lucas Oil Divisional Series event and then will make the leap to the big time, taking part in the Dallas Nationals at Texas Motorplex the following week.

“To have the chance to race against the fiercest Super Gas competitors in the world is an honour, and I can’t thank the car owners Buddy and Karen Wood enough, Forbes said. “I’ve got high expectations, and I hope to progress through a few rounds, but most of all I just want to have fun and make the most of the experience,” he said. (David Hope photo)