Not only can this kid go fast, he’s got personality just about as big as the engines he pilots. TJ, a self-proclaimed “crazy loud mouth Italian” recently made the move from IHRA to NHRA and talks with Chris about the transition.
Based on having spent a quarter of his life drifting, one might say Vaughn Gittin, Jr.s name is synonymous with the popular sport. Indeed, Vaughn has enjoyed a strong relationship with both Falken and Ford, showing the world the capabilities of his powerful Mustang, crushing the throttle to reach maximum power while keeping his car in control on his Falken Azenis RT-615 tires.
In late 2008, Vaughn drifted the streets of downtown Los Angeles for the Bosch performance art promotions, and just recently jetted off to Japan, where he drove a Falken Tire Shod 2010 Mustang across the country, making key stops at world renowned tracks such as Ebisu and the YZ circuit.
The combination of Team Falken, Vaughn and Ford has realized many epic moments including two historic D1 Grand Prix wins. First, at U.S.A vs. Japan and a repeat at D1s World Championship
In addition to his international travels, Vaughn recently treated NHRA drag racing legend John Force to the drift of his life (some witnesses went so far as to say ride of his life) as part of Barrett-Jacksons drifting experience at the auctioneers recent event in Scottsdale, AZ, and took multiple road racing champion Tommy Kendall on a test drive for SpeedTV, both riding in his brand new 2010 Falken Tire Ford Mustang.
While drifting is just the latest talent Vaughn has developed behind the wheel, hes had the speed sensation for a long time. Since I was born, I have lived and breathed cars, he declares, asking his namesake to do fishtails and burnouts the way other dads drive their children around the block to soothe them. I have always loved the feeling of the back end skating around, engine screaming and tires smoking, he adds, which ultimately led him to choose a career in motorsports. Moving from motocross to drifting paid off quickly, and Vaughn rose to the top of the field. He caught the eye of Falken Tire who in 2004, was eager to expand their drifting efforts and take the U.S. drifting scene by storm. The rest, as one says, is history, and Vaughn has become a key part of Falkens extensive commitment to this exciting sport, both in the U.S. and internationally. His new 2010 Ford Mustang featuring state-of-the-art technology, is set for an exciting 2009 schedule as the centerpoint of Team Falken, ready to meet and once again, conquer the competition.
Each year, WyoTech hosts an exciting Bike Week celebration at Daytona Beach, Florida. Competitors get to match up bikes from stock against those that are heavily modified, which post incredible outputs of horsepower on WyoTech’s DynoJet TM dynos.
This year’s competition was hot! Competition ranged from small cylinder bikes all the way up to the unlimited class.
Motorcycle stunt shows, 2-time 2008 NHRA Pro-Stock Motorcycle winner Steve Johnson and educational seminars were all part of the exciting event.
If you weren’t there—you missed something big!
WyoTech’s Daytona campus, the event host, is one of the nation’s premier motorcycle and marine career training technical schools.
Check us out! We’re WyoTech, and we really can help you turn PRO.
ChannelShift.com Weekend Update on SPEED. NASCAR, F1, MotoGP, Indycar, NHRA, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick and more.
ChannelShift talks about everything from Jeremy Mayfield vs NASCAR, Danica Patrick and NASCAR, Paul Tracy vs Helio Castroneves, Mark Martin, Rossi, Lorenzo and Stoner. Plus the NHRA the girls vs guys, ALMS, Sports Cars and more.
NASCAR heads to the Brickyard in Indy, F1 Hungarian GP, Henry Surtees Crash, NHRA at Sonoma, Moto GP and World Superbikes. Plus we talk about Danica Patrick, Lewis Hamilton and Jeremy Mayfield.
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ChannelShift's Michele Rahal gives his opinion on racing team orders from NASCAR, Formula One and NHRA.
Vaughn Gitten, Jr. has set drift distance records and broken down cultural barriers with his 2010 Mustang, all with the help of NASCAR & NHRA oriented engineers at Ford. Gitten says they get drifting, its lifestyle, its need for speed. Listen... You can always learn more at http://www.ByBillWood.com or
Streetfire.net takes an Inside Look into the Goodyear "Eagle" Drag Tires at NHRA's Winter Nationals In Pomona, California with Goodyear Motor sports Marketing manager, Justin Fantozzi. How does Goodyear make tires that are capable of 4 second, 300+ MPH quarter mile passes for drag cars that make 8,000+ HP and generate 6,000lbs of downforce?
Bob Tasca's pit crew tears down his Ford Mustang 8,000 horsepower NHRA Top Fuel Funny Car drag race motor. Breakdown and rebuild can be done in 38 minutes between rounds.
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*2008 NHRA Rookie of The Year
An interview with Carroll Shelby and Don “The Snake” Prudhomme about the Shelby Super Snake GT500 Mustang program. The drag racing inspired 800 horsepower post title package was a collaboration between Shelby Autos and Don Prudhomme, who successfully drove a top fuel car for Carroll Shelby in the 1968 NHRA season.
Shelby Automobiles, has returned to drag racing with a limited edition Prudhomme Edition Super Snake package for the Shelby GT500 Mustang. Carroll Shelby and Don “The Snake” Prudhomme unveiled the program during a private reception at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, Calif. The drag racing inspired 800 horsepower post title package was a collaboration between Shelby Autos and Don Prudhomme, who successfully drove a top fuel car for Carroll Shelby in the 1968 NHRA season.
Hop in and take the 2011 Mustang Virtual Test Drive with NHRA Funny Car driver Bob Tasca! Brought to you by your Northwest, Alaska, and Montana Ford Dealers!
Clint Bowyer takes a huge hit in the points for the NASCAR Chase. Michele Rahal delivers the latest news and predictions on the NASCAR and NHRA Championship battles. Richard Childress Racing fights back.