BALTIMORE, Md. (June 25, 2012) – Vaughn Gittin Jr. came out to Formula Drift Round 4 “The Gauntlet” at Wall Stadium in New Jersey with hopes of success in order to gain some crucial points in the chase for the FD Championship. Not only did Vaughn accomplish that goal, but he also drove the Monster Energy Falken Tire Ford Mustang RTR all the way to 1st place after many extremely tough battles against fierce competitors.
Wall Stadium is only a few miles from where Vaughn and the rest of Drift Alliance really began to hone their drifting skills back in 2002. Now ten years later, Vaughn has reached goals that were once only dreamed about with a Formula Drift Championship and multiple wins/podiums in the books.
Round 4 at Wall Speedway saw another sold-out crowd and the live Drift Stream saw over 200,000 total views in a 24-hour period. Even with Friday’s semi-wet track conditions, Vaughn was able to perform a near-perfect run that earned him a score of 96 and the second place qualifying spot. Watch the Drift Stream VIDEO of his run.
For Saturday’s main event, Vaughn fought his way to the semi-finals after beating out Miro Ovcharik in his battle of the top 32, Robbie Nishida in the top 16, and then Matt Powers in the top eight. He met with his Drift Alliance brother and good friend, Chris Forsberg in the semi-finals; this would be a highly anticipated and very exciting battle, as these competitors are known for holding nothing back when lined up against each other.
Vaughn would lead first, sweeping the bank and scraping the wall, leaving his rear bumper in the Falken Tire smoke pluming from behind him. He continued to blast through the course with maximum angle and put his car exactly where it was supposed to be as defined by the Formula Drift judges.
When it was time to give chase, Vaughn followed Forsberg into the bank and remained glued to him throughout the entire run. With a better lead run and closer proximity on the chase run, Vaughn earned the win and would move on to the finals to face his arch nemesis and Falken Tire teammate, Daijiro Yoshihara.
ABOUT VAUGHN GITTIN JR.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. has become one of drifting’s most iconic figures and his machine, the Monster Energy Falken Tire Ford Racing Mustang, one of the sport’s most identifiable cars. Vaughn is known best by his aggressive, foot to the floor, big smoke driving style. Being such a fierce competitor, Vaughn is known as the only American to win a D1 Grand Prix event, not once – but twice. In 2005 Vaughn stunned the world when he won the D1GP USA vs. Japan. In 2007, he brought America home the gold once more by winning the D1GP World Championship. In 2010, Vaughn earned his first Formula Drift Championship, becoming the second-ever Champion with a strictly-drifting background. Overall, he has achieved four wins and multiple podiums throughout his Formula Drift career. He also earned the title as the 2011 WDS Champion after taking the win in China’s premiere drifting series.
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