Vaughn Gittin Wins His Second Consecutive Event at Round 5: Throwdown

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Vaughn Gittin Wins His Second Consecutive Event at Round 5: Throwdown;
Takes The Lead in the Pro Championship Points Standings

Long Beach, Calif. – July 21, 2012 – Formula DRIFT returned to the Pacific Northwest at Evergreen Speedway for Round 5: Throwdown. Vaughn Gittin, Jr. in the Monster Energy / Falken Tire Ford Mustang takes his second consecutive victory and the lead in the Pro Championship Points Standings.

Round 5: Throwdown continued the success of the season to a capacity crowd at Evergreen Speedway. The Driftstream saw an estimated 175,000 viewers in a 24-hour period.

“This has been one of the most exciting events of the season,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “The chase for the championship heats up as we head into the final two events of the season and it is still anyone’s to take with only 62 points separating the top 5 drivers.”

The action on the track showcased the true competition of the Series with many close battles and upsets throughout the event. Ken Gushi in the Greddy Performance Scion FR-S faced Hankook teammate Rhys Millen in the RMR Hyundai Genesis Coupe in a very close battle. Millen took the victory for third place and his first podium appearance of the season. The Finals pitted Ryan Tuerck in the Retaks Nissan 240SX against Vaughn Gittin, Jr. After a tightly fought battle Gittin took the win and the lead in both the Pro Championship points standings and in the Triple Crown, while Tuerck moves up to fifth place overall.

“I am just so pumped right now. We have been working so hard and have overcome the minor issues we had earlier this year and I owe this to my team and all my partners,” said Vaughn Gittin, Jr., winner of Round 5: Throwdown. “It just feels so good to re-focus and drive my heart out and stand on top of the podium!”

The competition is as close as it has ever been with only two remaining events remaining and the championship still up for grabs. The Formula DRIFT Pro Championship Round 6: After Dark on August 24 – 25 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.


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Formula D legend Vaughn Gittin Jr. stops in for next week’s Q & ASTARS!

Tuesday, July 24th at 2PM EST, 11AM PST

Q & ASTARS is Alpinestars’ weekly Facebook comment thread where fans get to interact live with their favorite Alpinestars athletes. Next week’s guest is the 2010 Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr.

Q & ASTARS is a comment thread on Facebook, where Alpinestars athletes will be available to answer questions and interact with fans. Alpinestars will open a comment thread on and the athlete will spend time contributing to the thread from their own Facebook account.

Each week prior to the Q & A session, Alpinestars will poll Facebook fans to determine that week’s kick-off question. On the day of the session, the athlete will start by answering the winning question, followed by an open forum.

The Vaughn Gittin Jr.  session will take place Tuesday, July 24th at 2PM EST, 11AM PST. Polling for questions will begin Friday, July 20th.

Q & ASTARS will continue as an ongoing project, with more athletes announced shortly.