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.
At the end of his Japan drift adventure, Vaughn Gittin, Jr. reflects on what he took away from experiencing drift at the roots of the sport. To follow the entire "Mustang Drift" story, head to the2010mustang****. While you're there, be sure to share your Mustang dream for a chance to have your story featured in an upcoming episode.
Vaughn Gittin Jr gives StreetFire a tour of his new 2010 Ford Mustang GT Formula D Drift Car at the 2009 Formula Drift Championship season opener at Long Beach.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. & Steve Wyrick make Magic for the 2010 Mustang...a behind the scenes look at Ford's new 2010 Unleashed video in Las Vegas.
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Formula Drift Round 2 Road Atlanta Top 32 Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Michihiro Takatori
Formula Drift racer Vaughn Gittin Jr. discusses what he calls the "Natural Progression" that led him to a successful career in drifting. He talks about his Monster Energy/Falcon Tire 2011 Ford Mustang and how 8 years of hard work has allowed him to live his dream.
Vaughn Gittin Jr pulls out a fast and smokey performance at round 4 of Formula Drift in Monroe, WA at Evergreen Speedway.<br><br />
Vaughn Gittin Jr brings his Traveling Smoke Show to the Mid America Shelby Meet at Hallet Raceway in Tulsa, Oklahoma.<br><br />
The Final of Gymkhana GRiD served up the biggest weekend of drift and race car action ever witnessed on European shores. Headlining the show were Ken Block and Vaughn Gittin Jnr who laid rubber to tarmac in front of a heaving crowd, hanging over the fences and climbing for any view of what went down.
The weekend started with Ken and Vaughn being joined by the likes of Liam Doran, Paul 'Smokey' Smth, Buttsy Butler and Terry Grant in a show of epic proportions. We closed it out by crowning the winners of the Gymkhana GRiD series and sucked on enough tyre smoke to match the near deafening fury that spat out of the cars gathered for the occasion.
Boyde -- "Crawl"
Grande Roses -- "Waiting for the Night"
This Drama -- "She Had a Knife"
Watch along as top US drifters such as Vaughn Gittin Jr, Tanner Foust, Ryan Hampton, and Mike Peters tackle the track at Sears Point.
April 12, 2008: Formula Drift invades the streets of Long Beach, CA! Defending champion Tanner Foust defends his title against top drivers such as Chris Forsberg, Daijiro Yoshihara, Rhys Millen, Vaughn Gittin Jr. and many others!
Formula D starts the season off strong in the streets of Long Beach. Top drivers (Chris Forsberg, JR Vaughn Gittin, Patrick Mourdant, Tanner Foust, Sammuel Hubinette, Daijiro Yoshihara, and Tyler McQuarrie) battle it out on the grueling, unforgiving course with walls galore. Who prevails?
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Pat vs Goliath: The Formula D rookie would be going head-to-head with one of the most fearsome Formula D competitors of all time: Vaughn Gittin Jr and his 700-horsepower Mustang.
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LONG BEACH, CA The inaugural event in the 2009 Formula Drift season began on the famed street course of Long Beach where Team Falken faced a very competitive field of works drivers and privateers and successfully qualified eight cars in the top 32 tandem competition, a new component to Formula D this season.
This is the 4th year Formula Drift has competed on the tough track that was previously the domain of open wheel racing. However, the increasing popularity of drifting, especially in Southern California, has prompted its addition to the track for a dedicated weekend. It also was the perfect location for Team Falken to debut its new team which consists of veteran member Vaughn Gittin, Jr., driving his brand new 2010 Ford Mustang; Daijiro Yoshihara in his Discount Tire Lexus IS350; Tyler McQuarrie with his Nissan 350Z Convertible; Calvin Wan, competing in a Nissan S15 Silvia; and Darren McNamara, returning in his Sears Auto Center Saturn Sky.
Considering four out of our five team vehicles are completely new builds to our team, we had a very successful first showing, declared Nick Fousekis, Senior Consumer Marketing Manager, Falken Tire. This accomplishment truly is a testament to our drivers skill, our vehicle builders capabilities, the Azenis RT615s performance and Falkens dedication to the sport of drifting.
After the final session, overall standings had Gittin, Jr., tied for 6th; McNamara stood in 10th; Yoshihara finished at 18th; and McQuarrie tied with his Falken teammate Wan in 19th. All Team Falken drivers used the lightweight and high-gripping Azenis RT615 line.
This was a great start for our expanded program as we launched our new consumer activation area and our VIP hospitality tent, stated Andrew Hoit, Director of Marketing, Falken Tire. We rolled out our new display, which was the largest in the pit area, underscoring our commitment to Formula Drift. And while we would have liked to have taken the top rungs of the Long Beach competition, we are confident we will in the very near future.
Additionally, results of privateers competing on Falken Tires included Taka Aono, Toyota Corolla; 5th; and Ross Petty, Nissan S15 Silvia, who also tied for 19th, along with John Russakoff, in a Toyota Corolla.
Among the action over the two days, McNamara lost a hard fought top 16 battle to Tony Brakohiapa, and Gittin, Jr., endured a tough tandem match against eventual second-place finisher Samuel Hubinette in the Great 8 session.
To kick off Falkens comprehensive marketing program tied to its expanded motorsports efforts, Dai Yoshihara helped give away a special Falken-Americas Tire guitar to James Warner, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard stationed in San Diego. Additional promotional items were handed out by Falkens new group of Spokesmodels who attracted a large crowd throughout the two-day event. Guests of Falken were treated to the companys new hospitality section.
The full complement of activation area, hospitality rig and factory support will travel to all seven rounds this year. Team Falken will next compete in Formula D on the proving ground at Road Atlanta, May 8-9. Prior to Round 2, rigorous vehicle testing will take place for all Team Falken drivers.
Vaughn Gittin Jr isn't a product of a motorsports academy or a transplant from another form of racing. He's pure drifter, and his full-throttle style suits the '10 Pony perfectly.